Featured Events

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Make a plan now to enjoy one of our special "Daily Events" during your visit to Grandfather Mountain!

Scroll through the exciting list below to locate the events that interest you, or choose a specific date to see the park happenings on that day.

The vast majority of our events are included with your park admission fee, but some events which require a small fee to participate to ensure you receive expert guidance and knowledge from specially trained individuals. Check the cost section of each Event Listing to confirm whether any additional fees apply.

We look forward to seeing you on the mountain!



Jul 21 2017

Beauty of the Night Hike

Join the Grandfather Mountain naturalists for a guided walk to challenge your senses and experience the beauty of the night atop the mountain. This program will explore various locations on the mountain, with discussions about nocturnal animals and other natural features. The program is not strenuous, but does include a short trail walk. Registration required […]



Jul 22 2017

From Board Roads to the Swinging Bridge: The History of Grandfather Mountain

Hosted by Michael Hardy, 2010 N.C. Historian of the Year, this 6-hour program will showcase the unique history of Grandfather Mountain.



Jul 27 2017

Grandfather Presents: Ryan Kirby

Join Ryan Kirby, frequent cover artist for Outdoor and Field and Stream magazines, as he shares ways to experience the natural world.



Aug 02 2017

Animal Enrichment Day

Join in interactive demonstrations, games and crafts to learn how Grandfather Mountain’s habitat staff cares for its resident animals every day.



Aug 03 2017

An Introduction to Trail Cameras – Exploring the Secret Lives of N.C. Wildlife

Join N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission educator Kevin Hining for a workshop intended to introduce participants to trail cameras and their many uses for exploring and monitoring wildlife populations.


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