Linn Cove Area

Linn Cove Area

Foliage near the Linn Cove Viaduct area of the Blue Ridge Parkway assumes its autumn hues, as…

Viaduct at Sunset

Viaduct at Sunset

A sunset near the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Linn Cove Viaduct adds some pinks and purples to the…

Linn Cove Viaduct

Linn Cove Viaduct

The Linn Cove Viaduct remains one of the most popular vantage points from which to take in the…

Grandfather Mountain hosts Beary Scary Halloween Oct. 27

Grandfather Mountain has mountains of tricks and treats in store for its annual Halloween festival, Beary Scary Halloween, returning Saturday, Oct. 27. The special day features a spooky selection of nature programs, Halloween-themed crafts, a costume contest, animal enrichments and six trick-or-treating locations throughout the mountain. All activities are included with the price of admission, and kids in costume get in for half price.

View from Top Shop

View from Top Shop

Cool, clear days and nights have jump-started fall color in the High Country, as demonstrated…

Boone Fork Bridge

Boone Fork Bridge

Golden autumn hues frame the Boone Fork Bridge, located near mile 299.9 on the Blue Ridge…

MacRae Meadows

MacRae Meadows

A herd of deer forages in MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Cooler…

Rough Ridge

Rough Ridge

Rough Ridge is an exceptionally popular spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and as one of the most…

Woods Walk 2

Woods Walk 2

Grandfather Mountain’s Woods & Walk Picnic Area is starting to show off the colors of the…

Split Rock

Split Rock

Fall color comes to Grandfather Mountain’s iconic Split Rock. Today, Oct. 13, the park will…

Cold Prong

Cold Prong

Fall color continues its slow, but steady, progression through the High Country, seen here at…

Stack Rock

Stack Rock

Rain and fog clear for a moment of autumn brilliance near Stack Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway…

Price Lake

Price Lake

Fog clears over Price Lake to showcase reflections of fall color. The leaf change is still…

Stack Rock Creek

Stack Rock Creek

Fall color begins to burst near Stack Rock Creek, near milepost 304 on the Blue Ridge Parkway….

Woods Walk Hike

Woods Walk Hike

Autumn is an ideal time for a hike at Grandfather Mountain — cooler temperatures, crisp air and…

Virgin’s Bower

Virgin’s Bower

Pictured above, virgin’s bower is a vine of many names — wild hops, devil’s hair, woodbine,…

Slow & Steady

Slow & Steady

An eastern box turtle makes its way across Grandfather Mountain’s main road, near the park’s…

Woods Walk Picnic Area

Woods Walk Picnic Area

Picnics are in season at Grandfather Mountain, as fall colors cast an autumnal glow in the…

Road to the Top

Road to the Top

Green turns to gold on the straightaway leading toward Grandfather Mountain’s famous…

Linville Bluffs

Linville Bluffs

Grandfather Mountain’s fall color offers a striking contrast with the fog surrounding Linville…

Black Rock Lot

Black Rock Lot

Autumn’s brilliance is starting to fall on Grandfather Mountain! Although color change has…

Grandfather Mountain aids in hurricane relief

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation isn’t about moving mountains; just people. This week, however, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Grandfather Mountain nature park moved a veritable mountain of donations to victims of Hurricane Florence.

Grandfather Mountain hosts ‘Fall Color Rambles’ in October

As the Blue Ridge Mountains begin to burst with fall color, Grandfather Mountain invites leaf-lookers to see the brilliant change from one of the best leaf-looking destinations in the South. Grandfather Mountain is home to myriad species of plants and hardwood trees that range from pumpkin-colored beech trees to blood-red sourwoods and rusty red oaks.

Grandfather Mountain to close Sunday, Sept. 16, for inclement weather

Due to projected heavy rainfall from Hurricane Florence, Grandfather Mountain will close for the day on Sunday, Sept. 16, to reopen at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, weather permitting. The park will remain open Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 15, during regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with ticket sales ending at 5 p.m.), weather permitting. As Grandfather Mountain is a privately owned, nonprofit nature park, it is not affected by the N.C. State Parks closures. For more information, call (800) 468-7325.

Grandfather Mountain Girl Scout Day rescheduled for Sept. 22

Originally scheduled for Sept. 15, the special day was rescheduled for Sept. 22, due to projected inclement weather from Hurricane Florence. On Girl Scout Day, all Girl Scouts in uniform and their troop leaders are admitted to Grandfather Mountain for free, while discounted admission is available for family members joining them.

Grandfather Mountain hosts Junior Ranger Day Sept. 8

The park will celebrate its Junior Rangers and welcome more to their numbers with the inaugural Junior Ranger Day, taking place Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Grandfather Mountain. Throughout the day, kids can search for salamanders, dig in the dirt and examine insects. There will also be arts and crafts programs that aren’t a part of Grandfather’s typical programming.

Hawk Watch returns to Grandfather in September

Being a mile high has its advantages. From atop Grandfather Mountain, visitors can grab a front-row seat to one of nature’s most stunning spectacles — thousands of raptors migrating over the mountains and heading south toward their wintering grounds. Guests can observe the raptors during the annual Hawk Watch, in which official counters and volunteers note the number of passersby in the sky throughout the entire month of September.