Grandfather Mountain welcomes new development director

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation has named Courtney Lane its new director of development. Lane, whose duties include managing the engagement of donors and supporters of Grandfather Mountain, comes from the Crossnore School & Children’s Home in nearby Crossnore, where she served in advancement for nearly four years.

Grandfather Mountain announces ‘Conservation Campus’ expansion

Grandfather Mountain is more than a mile high, but plans for a new “Conservation Campus” will take the park’s educational mission above and beyond. In fall 2019, the mountain will break ground on an ambitious project to help guests better explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain.

Grandfather Mountain sets new wind speed record

Around 4 a.m. on Feb. 13, the nonprofit nature park’s weather recording station at the Mile High Swinging Bridge registered a three-second gust of 121.3 miles per hour. This beats the mountain’s previous record of 120.7 mph, recorded Dec. 21, 2012.

Winter openings and closings

Grandfather Mountain is open daily throughout winter, weather permitting, with the exception of Christmas Day. When winter weather arrives, however, visitors are encouraged to call the Entrance Gate at (828) 733-4337 to confirm the day’s conditions and set the stage for a memorable outing.

Grandfather Mountain announces 2019 schedule of events

With 2019 underway, Grandfather Mountain’s calendar of events is in peak condition. With a mission to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain, the nonprofit nature park and its staff are readying for a fun and eventful year.

Grandfather Mountain offers free admission to federal employees affected by shutdown

As the partial government shutdown continues, Grandfather Mountain will offer complimentary admission to affected government employees. Throughout the duration of the shutdown, affected federal employees and their guests (up to six total in the same vehicle) will receive free admission to Grandfather Mountain, with proof of federal employment, such as federal ID or a paystub.

Grandfather Mountain closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Grandfather Mountain will be closed Christmas Eve (due to inclement weather) and Christmas Day, to reopen with regular hours Wednesday, Dec. 26, weather permitting. During winter, guests are encouraged to call the park’s Entrance Gate at (828) 733-4337 before making the trip to check on the day’s weather conditions and opening status.

Holidays bring Dollar Days, discounts, shopping and more to GFM

With winter on the way, Grandfather Mountain is decking its halls — and hills — for the holidays. Visitors are invited to celebrate the season from a mile high, where they’ll encounter idyllic winter scenery, invigorating outdoor adventure and more at the Linville, N.C., nature park.

Fall Photo Finale

Fall Photo Finale

Today’s photo, taken from nearby Blowing Rock, marks the last in Grandfather Mountain’s 2018…

Seven Devils

Seven Devils

Autumn splendor embraces Grandfather Mountain, as seen from the nearby town of Seven Devils….

Linville River

Linville River

Fall color surrounds a footbridge over the Linville River, heading toward Linville Falls….

Duggers Creek Falls

Duggers Creek Falls

Fallen leaves adorn the rocks at Duggers Creek Falls, a little — and littler-known — waterfall…

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Although many trees have shed their leaves within the High Country’s higher elevations, others…

Big Lost Cove Cliffs

Big Lost Cove Cliffs

Pictured this past Thursday, fall color is in full splendor at Big Lost Cove Cliffs near…

Lees-McRae College

Lees-McRae College

Fall color bursts into view near a dam at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk. And there should…

Calloway Peak Overlook

Calloway Peak Overlook

Fall color finds its way down the Blue Ridge Parkway, as seen from the View Calloway Peak…

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…