2015

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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Near Stack Rock Creek

Fall color bursts into the lush greenery near Stack Rock Creek on the Blue Ridge Parkway, bringing a brilliant reprieve for an otherwise gray, rainy day. (Photo by Skip Sickler) With elevations above 4,000 feet, Grandfather Mountain and...

Scheer Bluff

The view from Scheer Bluff on Grandfather Mountain yields a dazzling display of coniferous and deciduous color. (Photo by Skip Sickler) Whereas coniferous trees — also known as evergreens — keep their needles year round, deciduous...

Woods Walk

Leaves are changing — and falling — along Grandfather Mountain's Woods Walk trail. Circumscribing the attraction’s picnic area on the lower slopes of the mountain, the Woods Walk offers visitors a leisurely 4/10-mile loop through mature Appalachian...

Road to Scheer Bluff

Grandfather Mountain is well on the road to full fall color, as this photo shot near Scheer Bluff colorfully demonstrates. The overlook is named for the late Julian Scheer, a close friend of Grandfather Mountain's founder,...

Bear Habitat

Smokey, one of Grandfather Mountain's resident bears, takes in the autumn sights, sounds and weather from the mountain's bear habitat. Smokey is somewhat shy for a bear and prefers not to be the center of attention. Instead, she loves lounging...

Linville Peak

Fall color peeks through at Linville Peak, just across Grandfather Mountain's Mile High Swinging Bridge. A sign of cool weather, blueberry bushes turn a vibrant red, with sassafras and sedge grass adding some golden hues...

Linville Gap

Fog meets bog in this photo shot in Linville Gap, just down the road from Grandfather Mountain. As cooler temperatures persist, with leaves following suit, Grandfather's naturalists posit that autumn 2015 seems to have started...

Cliffside Overlook

Although autumn colors are just beginning to arrive on Grandfather Mountain, a few areas, such as Cliffside Overlook, are already providing opportunities for photographers to capture colorful images of foliage at higher elevations. Photo by...