Forest Keepers

Anne Jones

Anne Jones

Located in a cluster of trees, on left, at the head of the Grandfather Trail, just past the steps.
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Barbara Whitton

Barbara Whitton

This tall spruce is found in the Split Rock area on the west side of the park road. Split Rock and Sphinx Rock are massive boulders split by erosional forces of nature.
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Bill and Sonya Allin

This tall tree is located in the Woods Walk Picnic Area. This area is host to a 0.4 mile trail and numerous picnic tables.
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Carmen Burton

Carmen Burton

This mature Red Spruce is well-designed for enduring the park’s extreme weather. Grandfather Mountain’s elevations create a climate similar to those found in the northerastern states where this tree is more commonly found. Its pyramidal shape allows it to...
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Dr. H. Norman and Diane Noe

Dr. H. Norman and Diane Noe

Large tree with a huge hole in the center where the heart-wood has rotted out. The hole is large enough for a person to fit through. The only live part of the tree is a large branch that is now the trunk of the tree.
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Gayle Culbreath

Gayle Culbreath

This stately Red Spruce is positioned at the Cliffside Overlook. It produces an abundance of cones that are used by red squirrels, red crossbills and other park inhabitants.
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Jesse, Michelle, Trevor and Lily Pope

Jesse, Michelle, Trevor and Lily Pope

This spindly Red Spruce appears as a young tree though core dating has shown this tree and trees like it are much older than they appear. Some are dated over 100 years of age.
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Jim Morton

Jim Morton

This historic tree, located at the base of Linville Bluffs, was chosen by Charles Kuralt as the site of his well-known portrait taken by Hugh Morton. Kuralt spent time on Grandfather Mountain writing Charles Kuralt’s America which recommended Grandfather...
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Monty and Brenda Combs

Monty and Brenda Combs

Standing beside a slightly taller red spruce, this tree is a focal point of Half Moon Overlook. This evergreen tree provides a great contrast to the mainly deciduous trees surrounding it.
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Monty and Brenda Combs

Monty and Brenda Combs

The tallest evergreen tree at Half Moon Overlook. At its base, it is blanketed by Catawba rhododendron and pink shell azalea.
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Monty and Brenda Combs

Monty and Brenda Combs

This tree has a profusion of flowers in the early spring and produces fruit that black bears feed on in the summer.
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Robin, Bill, Kit and Carson Pribble

Robin, Bill, Kit and Carson Pribble

This Fraser fir stands just below the Patio which overlooks MaCrae Peak. This peak is accessible along the Grandfather trail and its summit is reached after ascending 8 ladders, a challenge that the Pribble family takes on annually.
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The Weinsier Family

The Weinsier Family

This tree overlooks the deck of the Nature Museum. Red squirrels and many bird species love to perch on this tree while visiting the bird feeders that extend under its branches.
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Walker and Suzanne Lockett

Walker and Suzanne Lockett

This wind-shaped red spruce stands near the Mile High Swinging Bridge. Alleghany Sand Myrtle and Deer Grass grow beneath its canopy.
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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
1-800-468-7325

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