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 set for limited opening May 15

Following a two-month closure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Grandfather Mountain will tentatively open in a limited capacity May 15, with all ticket...

Grandfather offers Zoom backgrounds, virtual postcards and more

At Grandfather Mountain, wonders never cease, and now we’re bringing the mountain to you — and your Zoom meetings, friends, family and kiddos! With much...

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Boone Fork Bridge

Golden autumn hues frame the Boone Fork Bridge, located near mile 299.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although the bridge itself is still closed due to flood damage from this past spring, the Boone Fork...

MacRae Meadows

A herd of deer forages in MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Cooler temperatures in the Western North Carolina High Country seem to have jump-started the fall color change at higher elevations, while...

Rough Ridge

Rough Ridge is an exceptionally popular spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and as one of the most colorful spots during autumn, it's easy to see why. With access located at Milepost 302.8, this particular...

Woods Walk 2

Grandfather Mountain's Woods & Walk Picnic Area is starting to show off the colors of the season. According to experts, a forecast of cool weather means the Western North Carolina High Country could start seeing...

Split Rock

Fall color comes to Grandfather Mountain's iconic Split Rock. Today, Oct. 13, the park will host its Fall Color Ramble, featuring guided hikes through fall foliage, presentations from fall color experts, hands-on activities for guests of...

U.S. 221 & Blue Ridge Parkway

Framed by bursting fall color, a typically calm waterfall near the intersection of U.S. 221 and the Blue Ridge Parkway (MP 305) surges after Thursday's heavy rains from Hurricane Michael. This season's slow progression in...

Cold Prong

Fall color continues its slow, but steady, progression through the High Country, seen here at Cold Prong Overlook, located at Milepost 299 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The overlook features a trailhead that takes hikers...

Stack Rock

Rain and fog clear for a moment of autumn brilliance near Stack Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway (MP 304.8). With cold fronts expected to pass through the East Coast early next week, experts are...

Price Lake

Fog clears over Price Lake to showcase reflections of fall color. The leaf change is still progressing slowly, but next week's forecast calls for much cooler weather with bright days and cold nights, the combination...

Stack Rock Creek

Fall color begins to burst near Stack Rock Creek, near milepost 304 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although much of the High Country remains green, isolated ridges along the Parkway are starting to showcase autumn's...

Woods Walk Hike

Autumn is an ideal time for a hike at Grandfather Mountain — cooler temperatures, crisp air and the kaleidoscopic changing of the leaves. Grandfather offers hikes for visitors of all skill levels, from beginners to...

Virgin’s Bower

Pictured above, virgin's bower is a vine of many names — wild hops, devil's hair, woodbine, love vine and traveler's joy. Whatever you choose to call it, visitors to Grandfather Mountain can see the plant's...

Slow & Steady

An eastern box turtle makes its way across Grandfather Mountain's main road, near the park's covered picnic shelter and Nature Museum. Slow and steady seems to be the theme this year, as fall color continues...

Woods Walk Picnic Area

Picnics are in season at Grandfather Mountain, as fall colors cast an autumnal glow in the park's Woods Walk Picnic Area. With the continuing warm weather, the color change is off to a slow start,...

Road to the Top

Green turns to gold on the straightaway leading toward Grandfather Mountain's famous switchbacks up to the Mile High Swinging Bridge. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and North Carolina's...

Linville Bluffs

Grandfather Mountain's fall color offers a striking contrast with the fog surrounding Linville Peak, as seen from the park's Linville Bluffs picnic area. Although it's been slower to arrive than usual, autumn foliage is beginning...

Black Rock Lot

Autumn's brilliance is starting to fall on Grandfather Mountain! Although color change has started a little slowly this year, fall foliage can already be spotted in most High Country locales. Some of the higher elevations...

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...

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...

Bestselling author Amy Greene to present at Grandfather

The next installment of Grandfather Mountain’s evening lecture series is looking to be a page-turner. On Thursday, Aug. 16, the Linville, N.C., nature park will host bestselling Appalachian novelist Amy Greene. Her appearance, taking place...

2018 Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

Top photographers gather at Grandfather Mountain to present on the nuts and bolts of making good photographs. This event is free to working members of the press, with an additional cost for non-press professionals and...

Animal Enrichment Day Aug. 1 at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain celebrates its furry and feathered inhabitants this Wednesday, Aug. 1, for the park’s annual Animal Enrichment Day. The special day promises a schedule full of fun and educational activities, all about the residents...

Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic returns Aug. 18-19

Amateur and professional photographers can now register for the Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic, a two-day seminar that offers presentations from outstanding photojournalists and opportunities for participants to improve their skills. The clinic, set for Saturday...