Grandfather Mountain State Park

9872 N.C. 105 S., Suite 6, Banner Elk, NC 28604

(828) 963-9522

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Grandfather Mountain is a North Carolina icon offering stunning scenery and unmatched ecological diversity. This state park opens the mountain’s 2,456-acre backcountry to the most spectacular, albeit the most strenuous, hiking and backpacking in the area. The park is known for some of the South’s most severe weather and challenging terrain, with trails that have hikers scrambling along cliffs and up ladders. 

Access to 13 miles of trails and backpack camping sites is generally from the Profile Trailhead at 4198 NC Hwy. 105, or from trailheads along the adjacent Blue Ridge Parkway, notably at Parkway milepost 299.9 (Boone Fork Parking Area). 

Note: Trails can also be reached from the Grandfather Mountain attraction (which includes the mile-high swinging bridge and other attractions) and there is a per-person fee for this access. Online reservations are required to reach the paid attraction.

See the Grandfather Mountain page on this website to learn more.