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Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight

October 2nd, 2021 @7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

$20.00 – $40.00

People 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, Oct. 2, 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 exclusive after-dark tours.

From 7 to 9 p.m., guests young and old can enjoy hot chocolate and warm apple cider by the glow of a bonfire. The event is BYOS (Bring Your Own S’mores, e.g., marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate, roasting sticks, etc.), but the park will provide cider, hot chocolate and seating. As a safety precaution, any snack items provided by Grandfather Mountain will be individually wrapped.

From there, guests will join Grandfather staff members on a nocturnal trek to the top of the mountain (via shuttle) and the environmental wildlife habitats. While riding the shuttle, all participants are required to wear a face covering.

An “Owl Prowl” will take participants on a search for the mountain’s feathered denizens of the night, during which guides will attempt to communicate with the birds through owl calls.

Planning to Attend?

Grandfather Mountain’s Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight takes place Saturday, Oct. 2, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

The cost is $40 per person and $20 for members of Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club annual membership program. Participants must be at least 8 years old to attend. Space is limited, meaning registration is required by purchasing a ticket below.

For the event itself, guests are encouraged to dress warmly and bring blankets, flashlights and s’mores ingredients to enjoy around the fire. Due to COVID-19, participants are asked to maintain a safe social distance during the event and are required to wear face coverings when riding the shuttles. Face coverings will be provided if attendees forget to bring one.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Should ticketholders need to cancel their reservation(s), a full refund will be offered if the cancellation is made prior to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1.


October 2nd, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$20.00 – $40.00
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Grandfather Mountain
2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Grandfather Mountain | Home to the Swinging Bridge, Animal Habitats and Nature Museum

GPS: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Mailing: PO Box 129, Linville, NC 28646

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