‘Dollar Days’ begin April 1 at Grandfather Mountain

Mar 26, 2018

Grandfather Mountain opens its gates to High Country residents, employees and their guests for only $3 each throughout April as part of “Dollar Days.” The month offers plenty to do inside the park, including the return of animal encounter sessions, the seasonal reopening of the Fudge Shop, discounted Behind-the-Scenes Habitat Tours and the return of naturalist programs later in the month.

Nature Photography Weekend registration opens April 2

Mar 25, 2018

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 from renowned photographers, spectacular shooting opportunities on the mountain and a friendly, but competitive (and optional), photo contest.

Grandfather Mountain open during viaduct closing

Feb 23, 2018

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.

Grandfather offers after-hours programs, educator workshops

Feb 19, 2018

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 visitors of all ages.

Grandfather Mountain presents Adult Field Courses

Feb 16, 2018

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 its Adult Field Courses series back for 2018, offering participants the chance to explore Grandfather Mountain like never before.

Uno the River Otter joins Grandfather Mountain family

Jan 11, 2018

Things are looking up for a certain pup.

Uno, a North American river otter, has joined the Grandfather Mountain family. The otter pup came to the mountain in November 2017, having been found orphaned in the Asheville area earlier that year. In April, he was brought to a Lincolnton, N.C.-based wildlife rehabilitator, the same who helped rehabilitate four of Grandfather’s other river otters.

Grandfather Mountain selects elk names and contest winner

Dec 10, 2017

Elk have arrived at Grandfather Mountain, just in time for the mountain’s habitat keepers to select the winning names in the 2017 Elk Naming Contest. The elk, which arrived Thursday, Dec. 7, are officially named Doc, Merle and Watson — after world-famous bluegrass/folk icons and High Country natives Doc and Merle Watson — thanks to a submission from Sharon Webb, of Charlotte, N.C.

Holidays bring Dollar Days, discounts, shopping and more

Nov 29, 2017

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 preserve and attraction.

Grandfather Mountain introduces new cougars

Nov 20, 2017

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 environmental wildlife habitats. The Linville, N.C.-based nature preserve and attraction adopted the brother-and-sister cubs in March 2016, after they’d been orphaned in the wilds of Idaho before they could learn to hunt.

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

Nov 16, 2017

This December, Grandfather Mountain will welcome some new residents to its environmental wildlife habitats. The nonprofit nature preserve and attraction has adopted three male elk — a bachelor herd — to reside in an all-new habitat. After the park’s resident white-tailed deer passed away earlier this year, the habitat underwent significant renovations to accommodate these new residents.


Oct 30, 2017

Starting Nov. 6, Grandfather Mountain will be switching to its winter hours of operation. The park will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and ticket sales will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grandfather hosts A Beary Scary Halloween Oct. 28

Oct 19, 2017

The special day features a spooky selection of nature programs, Halloween-themed crafts, a costume contest, animal enrichments and trick-or-treating through the park’s environmental wildlife habitats. All activities are included with the price of admission, and kids in costume get in for half-price.


Sep 26, 2017

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. One way leaf-lookers can enjoy fall foliage this season is Grandfather’s guided walk series, “The Colors of Grandfather,” offered on weekends Oct. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22.

Grandfather Mountain hosts KidFest Sept. 9

Sep 5, 2017

On Saturday, Sept. 9, Grandfather Mountain hosts its annual KidFest, a fun-filled and educational celebration of natural history in the Appalachian Mountains.


Sep 5, 2017

Throughout the season, the park will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with ticket sales stopping at 5 p.m. For the first four weekends in October, extended hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., with ticket sales ending at 6 p.m.

Hawk Watch returns to Grandfather Mountain in September

Aug 31, 2017

Eyes will be looking to the skies again this September, and not for another solar eclipse. Instead, they’ll be focused on the thousands of raptors that will be migrating over the mountains and heading south – toward their wintering grounds.

TV host Tom Earnhardt to present at Grandfather Mountain

Aug 15, 2017

Tom Earnhardt is the host of public television’s “Exploring North Carolina.” And on Thursday, Aug. 24, he’ll be exploring Grandfather Mountain, as part of the Grandfather Presents lecture series. The presentation runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 24 in the mountain’s Nature Museum Auditorium, with refreshments served from 6 to 6:30 p.m. in the museum lobby.


Jul 26, 2017

This August is for the birds. And the bears. And the otters. And the cougars. Animal Enrichment Day returns Wednesday, Aug. 2, promising a day full of fun and educational activities, all about the furry and feathered denizens of Grandfather Mountain’s environmental wildlife habitats.


Jul 19, 2017

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.


Jul 6, 2017

Grandfather Mountain will close early Thursday, July 6, to host The Bear foot race, part of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Ticket sales will end at 5 p.m., and the park will close at 6 p.m.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games return July 6-9

Jun 27, 2017

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 Mountain’s Animal Birthday Party set for June 14

Jun 8, 2017

This June, visitors to Grandfather Mountain will be able to see some true party animals. On Wednesday, June 14, the Linville, N.C.-based nature preserve and attraction will host its annual Animal Birthday Party, a full day of celebration and special events designed to honor the black bears, bald eagles, river otters and cougars that call Grandfather Mountain home.

Singing on the Mountain returns for 93rd year

Jun 7, 2017

The longstanding tradition returns to Linville, N.C., on Sunday, June 25, featuring a full lineup of gospel music luminaries, including the Primitive Quartet, the Rick Webb Family, Michael Combs, The Cockman Family, Amantha Mill, Patricia Smith, New Covenant, Smoky Mountain Reunion and the Boone Mennonite Brethren Church’s Junaluska Gospel Choir.