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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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Animal Enrichment Day Aug. 1 at Grandfather Mountain

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...

Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic returns Aug. 18-19

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. The clinic, set for Saturday...

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games return July 12-15

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...

The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble

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. “Rhododendron are special because they are attention-grabbing,” said Amy Renfranz,...

Grandfather Mountain open despite U.S. 221 closure

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...

2018 NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WEEKEND ONLINE REGISTRATION

Online registration is now open for Grandfather Mountain's annual Nature Photography Weekend, an exciting workshop for photographers planned for June 1 to 3. To register, click one of the blue participation levels below: NPW Participant: $115 pre-registration...

Nature Photography Weekend registration opens April 2

Online registration begins Monday, April 2, for Grandfather Mountain’s annual Nature Photography Weekend, a three-day workshop for photographers of all skill levels, taking place June 1 to 3 on the mountain. The event features presentations...

Grandfather Mountain open during viaduct closing

With the Linn Cove Viaduct closing for maintenance from March through May, many Blue Ridge Parkway travelers are wondering how they’ll get to Grandfather Mountain. Fortunately, options abound. “In the High Country, practically every route...

Grandfather offers after-hours programs, educator workshops

Wonders never cease at Grandfather Mountain—even after business hours. The Linville, N.C.-based nonprofit nature preserve and attraction is bringing back its Grandfather Presents evening lecture series for 2018, along with numerous other educational opportunities for...

Grandfather Mountain presents Adult Field Courses

At Grandfather Mountain, education is literally a top priority. After all, when your classroom is a mile high, the sky is the limit. Even for grown-ups. The Linville, N.C.-based nature preserve and attraction is bringing...

GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY HOURS

Throughout the holiday season, Grandfather Mountain will remain open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting, and with a few exceptions: Dec. 19 - Staff Holiday Celebration: Grandfather Mountain closes at 3 p.m....

Grandfather Mountain introduces new cougars

Call it a tail of two cougars. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Grandfather Mountain introduced its newest Western cougars to the public. Named Logan and Trinity, the sibling duo is now on display in the park’s...

Elk are coming to Grandfather, naming contest begins Nov. 17

This December, Grandfather Mountain will welcome some new residents to its environmental wildlife habitats. [caption id="attachment_46675" align="alignleft" width="240"] Photos by Colin Knight | Colin Knight Photography[/caption] The nonprofit nature preserve and attraction has adopted three...

Grandfather hosts A Beary Scary Halloween Oct. 28

At Grandfather Mountain, Halloween isn’t scary. It’s Beary Scary. The Linville, N.C., nature preserve and attraction has mountains of tricks and treats in store for its annual Halloween festival, A Beary Scary Halloween, returning Saturday,...

GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN HOSTS GUIDED FALL COLOR WALKS

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...

Grandfather Mountain hosts Girl Scout Day Sept. 16

Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and… Bears? For 47 years, Grandfather Mountain has celebrated the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, and the tradition continues Saturday, Sept. 16, as the Linville, N.C.,...