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New Year’s Sunrise at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Ring in an epic New Year on Monday, Jan. 1, with the first sunrise of 2024 — atop Grandfather Mountain. This special event will provide guests with the rare opportunity to visit the mountain outside of regular operating hours and on a holiday.

$50

Sunrise at the Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Enjoy the rare opportunity to visit Grandfather Mountain outside of regular operating hours and see a sunrise from the top of the mountain. Sunrise is at 7:14 a.m. Nov. 25, 2023, and park gates open at 6:15 a.m.

$40

Beary Scary Halloween at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Visit Grandfather Mountain for a day of nature programs about animals that some consider creepy and crawly! This fun-filled celebration includes an opportunity to trick-or-treat on the mountain and then watch special Halloween enrichments be given to the animals.

All Day Fall Color Ramble at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Grandfather Mountain’s Fall Color Ramble wraps up with a day full of fall-color activities, including naturalist talks and additional rambles, allowing participants to explore and admire the annual phenomenon.

Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Embrace your nocturnal side at Grandfather Mountain through Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight, the park’s after-hours program where guests enjoy rare after-dark tours, fireside tales and a chance to meet the park’s nighttime residents.

$40

Fall Color Ramble at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

From September 30 through October 8, guests enjoy short, guided nature walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. The Fall Color Rambles take place daily, weather permitting, and are included in an admission ticket.

Junior Naturalist Day at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Junior Naturalist Program activities throughout the day will be provided specifically for children ages 5-12 but all ages are welcome! Events are included with admission. It is recommended that those planning to attend purchase their tickets to the park online in advance.

Grandfather by Night at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Explore Grandfather Mountain after hours with your own personal guides. Discover some of the park’s nighttime wonders, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch a beautiful sunset, and experience the mountain as never before!

$50

Grandfather by Night at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Explore Grandfather Mountain after hours with your own personal guides. Discover some of the park’s nighttime wonders, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch a beautiful sunset, and experience the mountain as never before!

$50

Grandfather by Night at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Explore Grandfather Mountain after hours with your own personal guides. Discover some of the park’s nighttime wonders, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch a beautiful sunset, and experience the mountain as never before!

$50

Animal Enrichment Day at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

On Animal Enrichment Day, guests see firsthand how Grandfather Mountain cares for its resident animals. An enrichment is a special treat, new toy or even an unfamiliar scent given to the animals to break up their routines and help keep them active and intellectually stimulated. Watch enrichment demonstrations, talk directly with keepers and participate in family-oriented games and crafts.

Grandfather by Night at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Explore Grandfather Mountain after hours with your own personal guides. Discover some of the park’s nighttime wonders, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch a stunning Grandfather sunset, and experience the mountain as never before!

$50

Grandfather by Night at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Explore Grandfather Mountain after hours with your own personal guides. Discover some of the park’s nighttime wonders, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch a stunning Grandfather sunset, and experience the mountain as never before!

$50

Grandfather by Night at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Explore Grandfather Mountain after hours with your own personal guides. Discover some of the park’s nighttime wonders, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch a stunning Grandfather sunset, and experience the mountain as never before!

$50

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Blaring bagpipes, astounding athletes, delicate dancers, rocking Celtic music and a spectacular highland setting makes this colorful celebration of Scottish culture the best highland games in America.

Animal Birthday Party at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Join Grandfather Mountain to celebrate the birthdays of their resident animals with games, contests, crafts and surprises. The park’s wildlife habitat staff hosts a fun-filled afternoon for guests, as well as programs to celebrate the park’s furry and feathered inhabitants.

Nature Photography Weekend at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

This popular shutterbug weekend includes presentations from top nature photographers, hands-on breakout sessions, a friendly contest and the rare opportunity to photograph the mountain’s spectacular scenery and native animals before and after regular business hours.

All-Day Rhododendron Ramble at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Celebrate the rhododendron blooms with guided rambles, kids crafts and special displays. See the blossoms and learn about their history, attributes and roles they play in the mountain’s ecological communities.

National Trails Day at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a variety of interpretive tables and programming at the Woods Walk on topics such as how to plan a hike, Leave No Trace, essential items needed in a backpack and more.

Rhododendron Ramble at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Take a daily, short, guided stroll at 2 PM that highlights Grandfather Mountain’s rhododendron species and blooms. Included with admission. See the blooms and learn about their history, attributes and roles they play in the mountain’s ecological communities.

Grandparents’ Day at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

NEW! This will be a day of fun and interactive programs meant to be attended by the whole family. Take your grandchildren … or grandparents(!) … and explore nature together! 

Grandfather Mountain: Sunset at the Swinging Bridge

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Head over to Grandfather Mountain and enjoy a mile-high sunset! Sunset at the Swinging Bridge tickets include the entire days admission to the park as well as the sunset event at the Swinging Bridge.

$24 – $40

Grandfather Mountain: Sunset at the Swinging Bridge

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Head over to Grandfather Mountain and enjoy a mile-high sunset! Sunset at the Swinging Bridge tickets include the entire days admission to the park as well as the sunset event at the Swinging Bridge. 

$24 – $40

New Year’s Day Sunrise at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Head to Grandfather Mountain and ring in an epic New Year on Sunday, Jan. 1, with the first sunrise of 2023. This special event will provide guests with the rare opportunity to visit Grandfather Mountain outside of regular operating hours and on a holiday.

$35 – $50

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Blaring bagpipes, astounding athletes, delicate dancers, rocking Celtic music and a spectacular highland setting makes this colorful celebration of Scottish culture the best highland games in America. Admission charged. Website

Day and multi-day tickets available
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Grandfather Glows: Bioluminescent Evenings on Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

For the first time ever, Grandfather Mountain will open in the evenings to showcase their newly discovered Synchronous Fireflies. They will be showcasing these natural and mesmerizing light shows for only a few days this summer. Tickets go on sale May 23rd, and the dates for viewing are June 26, 29 and July 1. Tickets […]

$35 – $60