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!



Apr 28 2018

Spring Migration in the Canadian South

Grandfather Mountain’s 2018 Adult Field Course series kicks off with this six-hour program exploring the birds of Grandfather’s mountaintop island.



May 19 2018 - May 20

Methods of Teaching Environmental Education

The focus of this 10-hour workshop is to prepare participants from a variety of educational backgrounds and experiences in both the formal and non-formal sectors to use exemplary Environmental Education teaching methods. This course is offered as part of the N.C. Office of Environmental Education’s Environmental Educator Certification Programs.



May 30 2018

Extreme Weather of Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain is home to an official weather station in partnership with Appalachian State University’s Dr. Baker Perry. Join him in exploring the sites on Grandfather Mountain that are indicative of what is to come in our region.



Jun 01 2018 - Jun 03

Nature Photography Weekend 2018

Visit Grandfather Mountain to hear presentations from top nature photographers, and photograph spectacular scenery and native animals during the day. Additional cost. Online registration begins April 2 at grandfather.com.



Jun 01 2018

Grandfather by Night

Explore the Grandfather Mountain after hours with your own naturalist guide. You’ll be escorted through the park, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch the sunset in silence, and experience the mountain as never before!


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