Forest Keepers

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 Nature Museum. Each “adopted” tree will be individually recognized on the Foundation’s website, grandfather.com, and a customized plaque will be presented to each sponsor.

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 jesse@grandfather.com.

 

Forest Keeper Members

Andy Hochman and family in memory of Carin Hochman; always in our hearts; Andy, Steven, Stacy, Kyle, Allison & Jersey

Andy Hochman and family Featured Image
Location: Nature Museum
Coordinates: 36° 05' 24.32", -81° 50' 7.23"
Elevation: 4692'
Tree name: Butterfly
Tree species: Red Spruce
Scientific name: Picea rubens
Tree Height: 20'

Located in front, left corner of the Nature Museum, beside the Habitat path.

Anne Jones in memory of H. Eckess Jones

Anne Jones Featured Image
Location: Head of Grandfather Trail
Coordinates: 36° 05' 46.59", -81° 49' 55.5"
Elevation: 5271'
Tree name: Eckess' Tree at the trailhead of the best hike in NC
Tree species: Fraser fir
Scientific name: Abies fraseri
Tree Height: 30'

Located in a cluster of trees, on left, at the head of the Grandfather Trail, just past the steps.

Barbara Whitton in honor of Jim Whitton

Barbara Whitton Featured Image
Location: Split Rock Area
Coordinates: 36° 05'22.35"N / 81° 50'14.29"W
Elevation: 4659'
Tree name: The Whitton Tree
Tree species: Red Spruce
Scientific name: Picea rubens
Tree Height: 58'

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

Location: Woods Walk Picnic Area
Coordinates: 36°05'15.0"N / 81° 50'30.3"W
Elevation: 4499'
Tree name: Windsor
Tree species: Red Maple
Scientific name: Acer rubrum
Tree Height: 30'

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

Carmen Burton Featured Image
Location: Cliffside Overlook
Coordinates: 36° 5'33.93"N / 81° 50'10.23"W
Elevation: 4875'
Tree name: The Burton Tree
Tree species: Red Spruce
Scientific name: Picea rubens
Tree Height: 36'

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

David and Cathy Thompson Featured Image
Location: Elk Overlook
Coordinates: 36° 05' 21.54", -81° 50' 7.55"
Elevation: 4668'
Tree name: David and Cathy Thompson’s Mountain Oak
Tree species: Red Maple
Scientific name: Acer rubrum
Tree Height: 25'

Multi-trunk maple located in the Elk Overlook Area.

Dr. C. Herbert and Anne Magruder

Dr. C. Herbert and Anne Magruder Featured Image
Location: Evergreen, near Naturalist Office
Coordinates: 36° 05' 23.17", -81° 50' 8.6"
Elevation: 4693'
Tree name: Not Yet Named
Tree species: Red Spruce
Scientific name: Picea rubens
Tree Height: 30'

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

Dr. H. Norman and Diane Noe Featured Image
Location: Woods Walk
Coordinates: 36°05'14.4", -81°50'25.2"
Elevation: 4420'
Tree name: Noe Tree
Tree species: Red Maple
Scientific name: Acer rubrum
Tree Height: 27'

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

Gayle Culbreath Featured Image
Location: Cliffside Overlook
Coordinates: 36° 5'33.99"N / 81° 50'10.88"W
Elevation: 4972'
Tree name: Anam Cara
Tree species: Red Spruce
Scientific name: Picea rubens
Tree Height: 27'

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

Ginny Burton and Karen Walker Featured Image
Location: Eagle Habitat Area
Coordinates: 36° 05.375'N / 81° 50.099'W
Elevation: 4685'
Tree name: Harmony
Tree species: Red Spruce
Scientific name: Picea rubens
Tree Height: 30'

Bordering the path beside the eagle habitat and above the bear habitat, this red spruce is growing on top of a boulder.

Jesse, Michelle, Trevor and Lily Pope in honor of Spencer Pope

Jesse, Michelle, Trevor and Lily Pope Featured Image
Location: Mile High Swinging Bridge
Coordinates: 36° 5'43.79"N / 81° 49'54.79"W
Elevation: 5282'
Tree name: Spencer's Spindly Spruce
Tree species: Red Spruce
Scientific name: Picea rubens
Tree Height: 12'

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

Jim Morton Featured Image
Location: Linville Bluffs
Coordinates: 36° 5'26.53"N / 81° 50'18.67"W
Elevation: 4828'
Tree name: Spruce Bringsteen
Tree species: Red Spruce
Scientific name: Picea rubens
Tree Height: 75'

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.

Lesley Platek in memory of Bill Barksdale

Lesley Platek Featured Image
Location: Above the Grandfather Trail trailhead
Coordinates: 36° 05.790' / 81° 49.912'W
Elevation: 5227'
Tree name: Barksdale, "The Rebel Hiker"
Tree species: Red Spruce
Scientific name: Picea rubens
Tree Height: 30'

“The Mountains are calling and I must go” – John Muir

Monty and Brenda Combs in honor of Monty and Brenda Combs

Monty and Brenda Combs Featured Image
Location: Cougar Habitat
Coordinates: 36° 05.354'N / W 81° 50.111'W
Elevation: 4660'
Tree name: Aspen's Tree
Tree species: Alleghany Serviceberry
Scientific name: Amelanchier laevis
Tree Height: 25'

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

Raleigh and Katy Shoemaker Featured Image
Location: Elk Habitat
Coordinates: 36° 5'21.40", -81°50'8.35"
Elevation: 4644'
Tree name: Shoemaker-Law-Jones Tree
Tree species: Red Maple
Scientific name: Acer rubrum
Tree Height: 20'

Located in the Elk Habitat, close to the overlook, wall and waterfall.

Robin, Bill, Kit and Carson Pribble in memory of Nathan Pribble

Robin, Bill, Kit and Carson Pribble Featured Image
Location: The Patio, Grandfather Trail
Coordinates: 36° 5'51.39"N / 81° 49'43.64"W
Elevation: 5386'
Tree name: Treebeard
Tree species: Fraser fir
Scientific name: Abies fraseri
Tree Height: 14'

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.

Tony and Lee Patterson Seaton

Tony and Lee Patterson Seaton Featured Image

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.

Walker and Suzanne Lockett Featured Image
Location: Overlook by the Swinging Bridge
Coordinates: 36°05'43.4"N / 81° 49'54.8"W
Elevation: 5287'
Tree name: Jack's Tree
Tree species: Red Spruce
Scientific name: Picea rubens
Tree Height: 15'

This wind-shaped red spruce stands near the Mile High Swinging Bridge. Alleghany Sand Myrtle and Deer Grass grow beneath its canopy.