Sunset on Grandfather Mountain offers a cascade of colors to delight photographers of all skill levels. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Visitors are invited to take their photography skills to the next level — 5,280 feet above sea level, to be exact — at the Grandfather Mountain Photography Weekend.

Due to COVID-19 and ongoing renovation to the Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum, the nonprofit nature park’s annual Nature Photography Weekend and Camera Clinic have been combined into one event for 2021, taking place the weekend of Aug. 14-15.

One of Grandfather Mountain’s resident bald eagles is pictured an award-winning photo from the 2019 Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend. Photo by Ken Barrett | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Participants will be able to participate in a series of interactive field courses presented by professional photographers, including Vinny Colucci, Kyle Cook, Jamie Davidson, Bill Fortney, Melissa Southern, Tony Sweet and Tommy White, while photographing spectacular scenery and native animals before and after regular business hours, meaning opportunities for sunrise and sunset photography will also be offered. The annual Nature Photography Weekend photo contest will also return.

Participants are invited to camp Friday and Saturday nights at the Woods Walk Picnic Area during the weekend, taking advantage of one of the few opportunities to stay overnight inside the park.

Online registration for the Grandfather Mountain Photography Weekend begins at 9 a.m. Monday, July 5. Admission costs $100 and covers three-day admission to the park, entry to all field courses, camping and optional participation in the photo contest.

Family members and guests of participants may visit the mountain at a discounted rate during the weekend if registered in advance.

Click here to register and reserve your spot!

Details are subject to change. For more information, email

The nonprofit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation strives to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain. For more information, call (800) 468-7325, or click here to book your visit.