Donor Spotlight: Bob & Susan Wilson

As namesakes of Grandfather Mountain’s forthcoming Wilson Center for Nature Discovery, Bob and Susan Wilson are moving mountains. Susan and Bob Wilson break ground on...

Grandfather Mountain mourns the loss of Gerry the black bear

Photo by Deborah Anderson On Saturday, June 20, Grandfather Mountain bid farewell to Gerry the black bear. Gerry was humanely euthanized following a long history of...

Grandfather Mountain’s Animal Birthday Party returns June 10

Photo by Judi Sawyer Just another day at the paw-ffice. On Wednesday, June 10, visitors to Grandfather Mountain will be able to celebrate the annual...

The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble returns to Grandfather Mountain

Photo by Skip Sickler Few plants signify summer in the mountains quite like the vivid pink Catawba rhododendron. When it comes to rhododendron, the Appalachian...

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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games return July 11-14

Scotland returns to Grandfather Mountain July 11-14 for the 64th annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Boasting bagpipes, Scottish athletics, Highland melodies, Celtic cuisine, crafts aplenty and tons of tartans, the Games hearken back to the...

The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble

The first week of June is a remarkably colorful time at Grandfather Mountain. The Appalachian Mountains are in the spotlight when it comes to the rhododendron, because this particular bloom tends to flourish at higher...

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...

Grandfather Mountain sets new wind speed record

On Grandfather Mountain, breaking records is a breeze. 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...

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...

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...

Fall Photo Finale

Today's photo, taken from nearby Blowing Rock, marks the last in Grandfather Mountain's 2018 Fall Color Gallery. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and WNC's esteemed "Fall Color Guy,"...

Seven Devils

Autumn splendor embraces Grandfather Mountain, as seen from the nearby town of Seven Devils. Fall color continues to shine in certain areas of the High Country, with vibrant bursts to be seen in Boone, Blowing...

Linville River

Fall color surrounds a footbridge over the Linville River, heading toward Linville Falls. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Western North Carolina's esteemed "Fall Color Guy" and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, "If you...

Duggers Creek Falls

Fallen leaves adorn the rocks at Duggers Creek Falls, a little — and littler-known — waterfall tucked away near the iconic Linville Falls (MP 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway). Located near the Linville Falls...

Blue Ridge Parkway

Although many trees have shed their leaves within the High Country's higher elevations, others at lower elevations are still sporting a little green, as seen in this photo taken along the Blue Ridge Parkway near...

Big Lost Cove Cliffs

Pictured this past Thursday, fall color is in full splendor at Big Lost Cove Cliffs near Linville, just north of the Lost Cove Cliffs Overlook (MP 310) on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This particular view...

Lees-McRae College

Fall color bursts into view near a dam at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk. And there should still be more to come, as the color change progresses through lower elevations in the High Country and...

Cannon Memorial Hospital

Fall colors frame the view of Grandfather Mountain from Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville. Although the High Country's higher elevations are mostly bereft of leaves, color can still be found in various lower-elevation locations throughout...

Calloway Peak Overlook

Fall color finds its way down the Blue Ridge Parkway, as seen from the View Calloway Peak Overlook at Milepost 299.7. While last Saturday's high winds saw much of the higher-elevation foliage blow away, there's...

Reflections on Price Lake

Fall color reflects on Price Lake, located along the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 296.7) near Blowing Rock. While this past weekend's high winds cleared many a leaf from higher elevations, mid- to lower elevations are...

Linn Cove Area

Foliage near the Linn Cove Viaduct area of the Blue Ridge Parkway assumes its autumn hues, as fall color continues to spread through the Western North Carolina High Country. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather...

Viaduct at Sunset

A sunset near the Blue Ridge Parkway's Linn Cove Viaduct adds some pinks and purples to the autumn palette. As the sun rises on Saturday, Oct. 20, it'll greet one of the High Country's busiest...

Linn Cove Viaduct

The Linn Cove Viaduct remains one of the most popular vantage points from which to take in the High Country's autumn splendor. Fall color is exploding around this particular area of the Blue Ridge Parkway...