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Tracy Swartout named superintendent of Blue Ridge Parkway

ATLANTA — Today, National Park Service (NPS) South Atlantic-Gulf Regional Director Stan Austin announced the selection of Tracy Swartout as the new superintendent of Blue Ridge Parkway, effective May...

March Gladness: Grandfather Mountain weather begins to warm for spring

Data recorded at the official National Weather Service reporting station at Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge indicated average March weather at the Linville, N.C.,...

From the Ground Up: Grandfather Mountain’s Conservation Campus in Progress

September 2 is an auspicious date for Grandfather Mountain. Sixty-eight years ago, it marked the opening of the world-famous Mile High Swinging Bridge. In 2019,...

‘Dollar Days’ begin April 1 at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain will open its gates to High Country residents, employees and their guests for only $3 each April 1-23, as the park’s “Dollar Days”...

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Tracy Swartout named superintendent of Blue Ridge Parkway

ATLANTA — Today, National Park Service (NPS) South Atlantic-Gulf Regional Director Stan Austin announced the selection of Tracy Swartout as the new superintendent of Blue Ridge Parkway, effective May 23.  "We are excited to select Tracy to lead one...

Grandfather Mountain sees average February weather

Data recorded at the official National Weather Service reporting station at Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge indicated average February weather at the Linville, N.C., nature park. The lowest temperature observed was 2.3° Fahrenheit on...

Grandfather Mountain sees frigid, snowy January

Grandfather Mountain experienced some snowy and blustery weather this January, recording 15.1 inches of snow and a wind gust of 92.9 mph. Photo by Victoria Darlington | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation 2021 is off to...

Grandfather Mountain adds EV charging stations

LINVILLE, N.C.—Many visitors to Grandfather Mountain describe their experience as “energizing.” Those with electric vehicles can now take that literally. As part of its continued efforts in environmental stewardship, Grandfather Mountain recently installed two ChargePoint...

Grandfather Mountain experiences frigid December

Grandfather Mountain concluded 2020 with a chill. According to data from the National Weather Service recording station located at the Mile High Swinging Bridge, the temperature dipped as low as -1° F on Dec. 26....

Giving Tuesday at Grandfather Mountain

By simply visiting Grandfather Mountain, you’ve already helped in our mission of inspiring conservation of the natural world, while ensuring the mountain itself will be preserved for generations to come. With the holidays upon us,...

Grandfather Mountain rings in the holidays

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, Grandfather Mountain officially rang in the holiday season with a special delivery — a 12-foot Fraser fir Christmas tree, donated by Larry Smith of Mountain Top Fraser Fir in Avery County....

Farewell to Fall

A seasonal display at Linville Land Harbor bids farewell to fall in the WNC High Country. Today's entry marks the last in Grandfather Mountain's 2020 Fall Color Gallery. This season was one of the brightest...

Leaves on the Profile Trail

Fallen leaves rest along a creek side on the Grandfather Mountain Profile Trail, while reflections in the water cast a different sort of fall color. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Leaves on the Linville River

Fallen leaves gather on the rocky shores of the Linville River at Linville Falls, located near milepost 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. While high winds and heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Zeta...

Donor Spotlight: John and Connie McLendon

One of the most exciting features of the coming Wilson Center for Nature Discovery will be more than 12 new interactive exhibits that will enable visitors to experience the 16 natural communities that comprise Grandfather...

Linville Falls

Patches of fall color brighten an otherwise cloudy day at Linville Falls (milepost 316.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway). Although fall color is now waning in the WNC High Country, certain species are still aglow,...

Birch & Maple

A birch tree offers some brilliant contrast near the Linville River in Linville, N.C. Although fall color is past its peak in the WNC High Country, leaf-lookers can still expect vibrant colors from certain species....

Blue Ridge Parkway & Elk River Falls

Although leaves in the WNC High Country are past their peak, certain areas continue to shine, especially between Stack Rock Creek and Rough Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Remnants of fall color cling to...

View from Blowing Rock

Fall color frames the view of Grandfather Mountain from nearby Blowing Rock. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.

Price Lake 3

Vestiges of fall color shine along the shores of Price Lake, as Grandfather Mountain rises in the background. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Stack Rock Bridge Panorama

Fall color brightens the vista at Stack Rock Creek Bridge, near milepost 304.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although color is beginning to wane at such high elevations, it can be seen spreading to areas...

Linville Land Harbor

Golden leaves shine above the lake at Linville Land Harbor, as distant fall color reflects on the surface. With peak color having passed at elevations higher than 3,500 feet, spectators can still marvel at vibrant...