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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...

Grandfather Mountain mourns the loss of river otter Luna

As one of Grandfather Mountain’s most popular river otters, Luna would always make an impression — and a splash — by performing backflips and interacting...

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COVID-19 Update

Following a two-month closure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Grandfather Mountain has reopened, with all ticket sales moving online. In accordance with N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s three-phased “reopening” of North Carolina, the park...

Grandfather Mountain hosts Beary Scary Halloween Oct. 26

Grandfather Mountain can bear-ly stand the excitement, because Oct. 26 marks the nonprofit nature park’s annual Beary Scary Halloween celebration. This special day features a wide range of activities, including trick-or-treating, spooky arts and crafts,...

Autumn falls into color at Grandfather Mountain

As the Blue Ridge Mountains begin to burst with fall color, Grandfather Mountain invites leaf-lookers to see the brilliant change from one of the best leaf-looking destinations in the South. Grandfather Mountain is home to...

Animal Enrichment Day Aug. 7 at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain celebrates its furry and feathered inhabitants this Wednesday, Aug. 7, 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. 17-18

This August, amateur and professional photographers can visit Grandfather Mountain’s classroom in the clouds to hear presentations from top photojournalists and improve their skills. The annual Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic returns Aug. 17-18, also allowing...

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...