Date: Saturday September 29 , 2018
Time: 05:30 pm - 09:30 pm
Category: Featured Events
Cost: $40 general; $20 for Bridge Club

Enjoy rare after-dark tours of Grandfather Mountain’s Animal Habitats, fireside tales and a chance to meet the park’s nocturnal residents. Limited to 48 participants. Registration opens Sept. 1 at

NOTE: This event is currently sold out. To add your name(s) to the waiting list, please email

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.

From 6 to 9:30 p.m., guests of all ages can enjoy hot chocolate and warm apple cider by the glow of a bonfire. The event is BYOS (Bring Your Own S’mores), but the park will provide marshmallow roasting sticks, cider, hot chocolate and seating.

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. In addition, 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 recorded owl calls.

The cost is $20 per person, and participants must be at least 8-years-old to attend. Space is limited, meaning registration is required by visiting Registration opens Saturday, Sept. 1.

For the event itself, guests are encouraged to dress warmly and bring blankets, flashlights and s’mores ingredients to enjoy around the fire.

For more information, call (828) 733-2013, or email

Location: Grandfather Mountain
Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646