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.
2018 made a splash on Grandfather Mountain. As per the recording site at Grandfather’s Nature Museum, where the park’s naturalists gather daily records, some 123.62 inches of precipitation fell on the mountain last year.
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.
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 will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The park will resume regular business hours Friday, Nov. 23, weather permitting.
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 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.
Due to inclement weather, Grandfather Mountain will be closed for the day Thursday, Oct. 11. The park will reopen Friday, Oct. 12, at 9 a.m., weather permitting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The mountains and the sea are closer than you may think. Julia Roberson, vice president of communications for the Ocean Conservancy, will discuss their relationship and much more at a special after-hours event at Grandfather Mountain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Online registration is now open for Grandfather Mountain’s annual Nature Photography Weekend, an exciting workshop for photographers planned for June 1 to 3. Register here!