Grandfather Mountain offers free admission to federal employees affected by shutdown

Jan 15, 2019

As the partial government shutdown continues, Grandfather Mountain will offer complimentary admission to affected government employees. Throughout the duration of the shutdown, affected federal employees and their guests (up to six total in the same vehicle) will receive free admission to Grandfather Mountain, with proof of federal employment, such as federal ID or a paystub.

Grandfather Mountain closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Dec 24, 2018

Grandfather Mountain will be closed Christmas Eve (due to inclement weather) and Christmas Day, to reopen with regular hours Wednesday, Dec. 26, weather permitting. During winter, guests are encouraged to call the park’s Entrance Gate at (828) 733-4337 before making the trip to check on the day’s weather conditions and opening status.

Holidays bring Dollar Days, discounts, shopping and more to GFM

Nov 29, 2018

With winter on the way, Grandfather Mountain is decking its halls — and hills — for the holidays. Visitors are invited to celebrate the season from a mile high, where they’ll encounter idyllic winter scenery, invigorating outdoor adventure and more at the Linville, N.C., nature park.

Grandfather Mountain closed for Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2018

Grandfather Mountain will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The park will resume regular business hours Friday, Nov. 23, weather permitting.

Grandfather Mountain hosts #GivingTuesday fundraiser to boost field trip scholarship

Nov 20, 2018

It costs only $10 to send a child on a Grandfather Mountain field trip. The resulting experience, however, is priceless. To bolster its field trip scholarship, the nonprofit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is again participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving on Nov. 27, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving,

Grandfather Mountain hosts Beary Scary Halloween Oct. 27

Oct 18, 2018

Grandfather Mountain has mountains of tricks and treats in store for its annual Halloween festival, Beary Scary Halloween, returning Saturday, Oct. 27. The special day features a spooky selection of nature programs, Halloween-themed crafts, a costume contest, animal enrichments and six trick-or-treating locations throughout the mountain. All activities are included with the price of admission, and kids in costume get in for half price.

Grandfather Mountain aids in hurricane relief

Sep 28, 2018

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 Hurricane Florence.

Grandfather Mountain hosts ‘Fall Color Rambles’ in October

Sep 25, 2018

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 myriad species of plants and hardwood trees that range from pumpkin-colored beech trees to blood-red sourwoods and rusty red oaks.

Grandfather Mountain to close Sunday, Sept. 16, for inclement weather

Sep 14, 2018

Due to projected heavy rainfall from Hurricane Florence, Grandfather Mountain will close for the day on Sunday, Sept. 16, to reopen at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, weather permitting. The park will remain open Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 15, during regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with ticket sales ending at 5 p.m.), weather permitting. As Grandfather Mountain is a privately owned, nonprofit nature park, it is not affected by the N.C. State Parks closures. For more information, call (800) 468-7325.

Grandfather Mountain Girl Scout Day rescheduled for Sept. 22

Sep 13, 2018

Originally scheduled for Sept. 15, the special day was rescheduled for Sept. 22, due to projected inclement weather from Hurricane Florence. On Girl Scout Day, all Girl Scouts in uniform and their troop leaders are admitted to Grandfather Mountain for free, while discounted admission is available for family members joining them.

Grandfather Mountain hosts Junior Ranger Day Sept. 8

Sep 4, 2018

The park will celebrate its Junior Rangers and welcome more to their numbers with the inaugural Junior Ranger Day, taking place Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Grandfather Mountain. Throughout the day, kids can search for salamanders, dig in the dirt and examine insects. There will also be arts and crafts programs that aren’t a part of Grandfather’s typical programming.

Hawk Watch returns to Grandfather in September

Aug 29, 2018

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 toward their wintering grounds. Guests can observe the raptors during the annual Hawk Watch, in which official counters and volunteers note the number of passersby in the sky throughout the entire month of September.

Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight at Grandfather Mountain

Aug 28, 2018

Visitors are familiar with Grandfather Mountain’s resident animals, including black bears, bald eagles, cougars, river otters and elk. But what do they do after dark? Guests can find out Saturday, Sept. 29, at Grandfather Mountain’s annual Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight, a nighttime event that features fun and spooky stories told by firelight, along with rare after-dark tours.

Bestselling author Amy Greene to present at Grandfather

Aug 10, 2018

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, as part of the Grandfather Presents series.

Animal Enrichment Day Aug. 1 at Grandfather Mountain

Jul 30, 2018

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 of the Linville, N.C., nature park’s environmental wildlife habitats. Specifically, the day highlights animal enrichment and its importance in caring for the animals that call Grandfather Mountain home.


Jul 27, 2018

Registration is now under way for the 2018 Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic, taking place Aug. 18 and 19! To sign up, click the link above.

Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic returns Aug. 18-19

Jul 26, 2018

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.

Grandfather Mountain hosts hang gliding reunion July 21

Jul 19, 2018

When visiting Grandfather Mountain and crossing the world-famous Mile High Swinging Bridge, many guests feel as though they’re soaring above the clouds. For more than a decade, though, in the 1970s and ’80s, that was, in fact, a literal sensation.

Grandfather Mountain joins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame

Jul 10, 2018

This summer, Grandfather Mountain was inducted into the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame, having received five consecutive Certificate of Excellence awards since 2014, including 2018. In total, since 2012, Grandfather Mountain has received seven consecutive Certificates of Excellence.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games return July 12-15

Jul 4, 2018

Scotland returns to Grandfather Mountain July 12-15 for the 63rd 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 rich cultural traditions of Scotland in a setting not so different from the mountains and glens some 3,600 miles away.

Grandfather unveils new Woods Walk interpretive signage

Jun 14, 2018

With the help of a grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the Woods Walk nature trail now features brand-new interpretive signage, informing hikers of the forest’s many wonders and inviting them to engage with the natural world around them.

Conservationist Tom Butler to speak at Grandfather Mountain

Jun 13, 2018

This June, Grandfather Mountain is encouraging folks to embrace their inner eco-hero. To assist, celebrated conservationist, activist and writer Tom Butler will present at Grandfather Mountain on Thursday, June 21. His presentation is part of Grandfather Mountain’s after-hour lecture series, Grandfather Presents.

Grandfather Mountain’s Animal Birthday Party returns June 13

Jun 8, 2018

This June, visitors to Grandfather Mountain will be able to meet some true party animals. On Wednesday, June 13, the Linville, N.C.-based nature park will host its annual Animal Birthday Party, a day of celebration and special events designed to honor the black bears, bald eagles, river otters, cougars and elk that call Grandfather Mountain home.

The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble

May 23, 2018

Few plants signify “summer” in the mountains quite like the vivid pink Catawba rhododendron, and Grandfather Mountain is center stage for the spectacular annual show. To showcase the beauty and significance of this native plant, Grandfather Mountain naturalists will host the Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble from June 1-9, featuring guided excursions June 1-8 and a native plant celebrate June 9.

Grandfather Mountain open despite U.S. 221 closure

May 23, 2018

Grandfather Mountain remains open, despite flood damage to U.S. 221. Recent heavy rains and flash-flooding washed out a portion of U.S. 221 between Linville and Blowing Rock, approximately 2 miles north of the Grandfather Mountain Entrance Gate. According to officials, the damaged section of the highway will be closed indefinitely. Fortunately, the most frequently traveled routes remain open. Visitors from the Boone and Blowing Rock areas may take N.C. 105 South to U.S. 221 North, while those traveling from Asheville can follow U.S. 221 North directly to Grandfather Mountain’s Entrance Gate.