Running up Curves

GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN, NC – This May, the inaugural “Critter Crawl” kicks off at Grandfather Mountain.  The 5K race begins in MacRae Meadows and ends at the top of Grandfather.  All proceeds will directly benefit upcoming renovations to the Grandfather Mountain eagle habitats.

The race will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3.  To accommodate runners and race spectators, the park will end ticket sales at 4 p.m. and close at 5 p.m.

Online registration for the “Critter Crawl” begins March 1 with 500 spaces for runners available. The cost per participant is $30 and includes: a “Critter Crawl” t-shirt and a free day-pass for the following weekend.  T-shirts will not be guaranteed for participants that register after April 19.  Awards will be presented to the top three male and female competitors.

Click here to register Download paper registration form

Parking passes, available during registration, are $10 per car.  Spectators will be able to park in designated parking lots on Grandfather and MacRae Meadows on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Shuttles will transport spectators to the top from each parking area.

For registration information, please visit and for more information about the “Critter Crawl” or the eagle habitat renovation project, call 828-733-8715.  Download PDF of map.