A Growing Legacy: The Forest Keepers
The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation presents an exclusive giving program, Grandfather Mountain Forest Keepers. Individuals or companies whose total donations reach or exceed a level of $1,000 will be eligible for membership, wherein they can help assign a permanent name to one or more of the Mountain’s trees for its lifetime.
Each named tree will be photographed, described, located by GPS coordinates and featured in a prominent display located in the Wilson Center. Each “adopted” tree will be individually recognized on the Foundation’s website, grandfather.com.
A lasting benefit of naming a feature on Grandfather Mountain is the knowledge that the tree will remain unaltered for its lifetime, in a place where your grandchildren and your grandchildren’s grandchildren can pause and ponder.
Grandfather Mountain thanks Forest Keepers members for their generous gifts.
If you are interested in naming a tree, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Forest Keepers
Andy Hochman and family in memory of Carin Hochman; always in our hearts; Andy, Steven, Stacy, Kyle, Allison & Jersey
Located in front, left corner of the Nature Museum, beside the Habitat path.
Anne Jones in memory of H. Eckess Jones
Located in a cluster of trees, on left, at the head of the Grandfather Trail, just past the steps.
Balaji Sankaranarayanan, Sabitha Raghuraman, and Skanda Balaji in honor of Mr. Raghuraman Krishnamurthy and in memory of Mrs. Vijayalakshmi Raghuraman
Located right at the edge of the Forrest Gump Picnic Area in the transition zone of the Spruce-fir and Northern Hardwood ecological communities. Growing on top of a rock, the roots of this tree are exposed, allowing viewers to see underneath. This tree is surrounded by spiderwort and goldenrod, which serves as an important pollen source for many different pollinators.
Barbara Whitton in honor of Jim 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.
Bill and Sonya Allin in memory of Our Loyal and Faithful Schnauzer
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.
Carmen Burton in honor of The Burton Family
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 shed snow more easily.
David and Cathy Thompson
Multi-trunk maple located in the Elk Overlook Area.
Dr. C. Herbert and Anne Magruder
Located on the path to the entrance of the Naturalist Office.
Dr. H. Norman and Diane Noe in honor of The Noe grandchildren: Lauren, Caroline, Justin, Matthew, Sarah, Madelyn, Max
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.
Gayle Culbreath in honor of Those who find peace on this mountain
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.
Ginny Burton and Karen Walker
Bordering the path beside the eagle habitat and above the bear habitat, this red spruce is growing on top of a boulder.
Given in loving memory of Steve Gaines by his admiring friends
A tree whose main trunk has split into 4 main trunks with many branches growing outward. There are several species of lichens that are growing on the trunk. Each year it produces a nice crop of acorns that serves as a food resource to many different animal species.
Jesse, Michelle, Trevor and Lily Pope in honor of Spencer 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.
Jim Morton in honor of Romeo
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 Mountain as the perfect place to be in May.
Judi Sawyer in memory of Edie Sawyer
Lesley Platek in memory of Bill Barksdale
“The Mountains are calling and I must go” – John Muir
Monty and Brenda Combs in memory of Bernice & Floyd Kilby
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.
Monty and Brenda Combs in memory of Ida Mae and Paul "Pee Wee" Combs
The tallest evergreen tree at Half Moon Overlook. At its base, it is blanketed by Catawba rhododendron and pink shell azalea.
Monty and Brenda Combs in honor of 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.
Raleigh and Katy Shoemaker in honor of Jimmy Law, Xan Law, Samuel Jones
Located in the Elk Habitat, close to the overlook, wall and waterfall.
Robin, Bill, Kit and Carson Pribble in memory of Nathan 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.
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.
Tony and Lee Patterson Seaton
This red maple tree stands nearby the butterfly garden. Its small red flowers carpet the area below in the spring.
Walker and Suzanne Lockett in memory of John L. Crist, Jr.
This wind-shaped red spruce stands near the Mile High Swinging Bridge. Alleghany Sand Myrtle and Deer Grass grow beneath its canopy.