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Oct 25 Beary Scary Halloween

Celebrate Halloween at Grandfather Mountain! Activities will include nature programs, Halloween-themed crafts, a costume contest, trick or treating in the animal habitats, an animal enrichment and the chance to participate in an interactive program titled “Going Batty for Bats." (MORE)

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Dec 01 - Dec 31 December Dollar Days

Anyone who works or lives in Mitchell, Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany or Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, are invited to visit Grandfather Mountain for $3 per person during the month of December 2014 with proof of local employment or residency. In lieu of cash, you may each bring two cans of food per person for distribution to area food pantries. (MORE)

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GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN OFFERS SECRET SEASON PASS

The turn of the calendar signals a new season on Grandfather Mountain — and the return of a stellar bargain (MORE)

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BEARY SCARY HALLOWEEN SET FOR OCT. 25

Frights and fun await kids at the Beary Scary Halloween festival Oct. 25 at Grandfather Mountain. The celebration offers a (MORE)

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GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN OFFERS SECRET SEASON PASS

The turn of the calendar signals a new season on Grandfather Mountain — and the return of a stellar bargain allowing unlimited access to the park for six months.

SS1 GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN OFFERS SECRET SEASON PASSThe Secret Season Pass allows passholders unlimited access to the mountain Nov. 1 through April 30 for only $32 (plus tax) for adults — less than the price of two regular tickets. A child’s Secret Season pass (ages 4-12) is just $18 plus tax.

A group pass, good for up to six people traveling in the same vehicle, sells for $90 plus tax and pays for itself on the first visit.

The pass allows guests to experience the wonders of Grandfather Mountain absent the bustle of spring, summer and fall. Whether your interest is snapping shots of snow-dusted evergreens, sipping soup from Mildred’s Grill or just savoring the solitude, the Secret Season Pass is the most affordable way to do it.

“Seeing the Mile High Swinging Bridge coated in rime ice and watching the otters plunge into their frozen pond makes Grandfather Mountain a unique treat during winter,” said Kellen Short, public relations specialist. “It’s certainly a quiet time on the mountain — you really feel like you have the place to yourself.”

The Secret Season passes will be available starting Nov. 1 at the Grandfather Mountain Entrance Gate and are valid through April 30.

SS2 GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN OFFERS SECRET SEASON PASSGrandfather Mountain is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day in winter except Thanksgiving and Christmas, weather permitting. Park opening is delayed until all roads and paths can be cleared of snow and ice, but a phone call to the Entrance Gate at (828) 733-4337 can confirm the day’s conditions and set the stage for a memorable outing.

The not-for-profit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation strives to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain. For more information, call (800) 468-7325 or visit www.grandfather.com to plan a trip.