Grandfather Mountain offers an opportunity to experience the wonder of the mountain at nighttime this October. “Creatures of the Night and Bonfire Delight” is a special program on October 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. that allows participants to sign up for different tours, all of which explore a different aspect of the mountain after dark.

The different opportunities include: a history of the Mountain, a tour of the Woods Walk, a visit to the habitat bears in the dark, a nocturnal animal tour and a program to explore how we use our senses after dark.

Hot apple cider, hot chocolate, marshmallow roasting sticks and chairs will be provided.  Guests should bring blankets, flashlights and s’mores ingredients to enjoy around the fire while spooky stories are told.

All proceeds from the “Creatures of the Night and Bonfire Delight” go toward renovations on Grandfather’s eagle habitat. These renovations include building a roof for the habitat that will play a vital role in sheltering any partially flighted eagles that the Mountain may house in the future.

To learn more about this project or to reserve one of the 45 spots for this event, contact the Habitat staff at 828-733-8715.  Admission for “Creatures of the Night and Bonfire Delight” is $18 per adult and $12 for 8 to 12-year-olds. Participants must be eight years of age or older. Space is limited and reservations are required.

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park sustainably in the public interest, provide an exceptional experience for guests, and inspire them to be good stewards of the earth’s resources.  For more information, visit or call 800-468-7325.