The Grandfather Campout

A special opportunity to camp in MacRae Meadows and take part in day and night activities led by Grandfather’s naturalists and interpretive rangers. Additional cost; reservations required. Grandfather Mountain will begin accepting reservations May 1. For more information and registration details: 828-733-4326.

2015 Fees

Campsite in MacRae Meadows Admission to Attraction
General public $30 per campsite per night regular gate admission
Bridge Club members $25 per campsite per night included with membership

Print Registration Form

Please mail completed Registration Forms to: Grandfather Mountain, PO Box 129, Linville, NC 28646.

To pay by credit card, please call the Gate Office at (828) 733-4337.

What to Bring

Campout Rules

2015 Schedule

Friday, July 24
2:00 pm – 7:30 pm Check-in Check-in will occur at MacRae Meadows at the first gate to the meadows on U.S. 221 ½ mile west of the entrance to Grandfather Mountain. It will be well-marked and staffed, so it will be easy to find. If you have any problems finding check-in, please stop by the entrance to Grandfather to get more specific directions. At check-in you will receive all the materials needed for the weekend and your exclusive after-hours pass (with paid camping permit and paid admission to the park).
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner at the Campfire Join us for traditional campfire fare. Grandfather Mountain will provide hotdogs for all participants; please bring any additional sides you’d like!
8:00 pm Welcome around the campfire Our staff will take a few minutes to introduce ourselves and give some general information about the events and itinerary of the weekend.  We will also give a brief introduction to Grandfather Mountain.
8:30 pm Choose one:
Campfire Program
Come relax around the campfire and enjoy the beauty of the silhouetted peaks after dark in the backdrop of MacRae Meadows. Enjoy a roasted marshmallow or s’mores while listening to some local storytelling, music and lively conversation with naturalists, interpretive rangers and other campers. OR Night Adventures This will be a really special program searching for life after dark. Join other campers and our staff to locate a few of our nocturnal animals that are out and about. We will search for owls, salamanders, frogs, mammals and any other critters that might be active after the sun goes down.Campfire desserts available until 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 25
5:45 am Sunrise on the Mountain For early risers: Join us atop Linville Peak to start the day viewing the sunrise (weather-permitting)!
9:00 am Brooks, Birds and Boulders (additional charge) Let our Interpretive Rangers lead you out to the Black Rock Cliffs. Along this one-mile hike, you will learn about our mountain, its exceptional biodiversity and the animals that live here. Along the trail you will experience the sights and sounds of Grandfather Mountain’s wildlife, stopping beside one of our unique rock formations, Arch Rock.  This hike begins at 9 a.m. and is limited to 10 people. The cost for the hike is $15 per person + park admission. For more information or to book a hike, call the Interpretive Ranger Office at 828-737-0833.
11:00 am Habitat Exploration This program is designed for children, but all are welcome to join. We will explore the Woods Walk Trail in search of evidence of animal activity.
11:00 am Behind-the-Scenes Tour (additional charge) See where the habitat animals sleep, learn what it takes to care for them year-round, observe a training session and learn why the animals call Grandfather Mountain home. The tour takes approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes. The cost for the program is $20 per person + park admission. For more information or to book a tour, please contact the Animal Habitats office at 828-733-8715.
11:30 am Junior Ranger Program Kids are invited to learn about Grandfather Mountain’s animals through activities and wildlife viewing. Great for ages 5-12.
1:00 pm Guided Walk Join a naturalist on a short walk (less than 1 mile round trip) to enjoy the scenery and understand the stories behind the landscape of Grandfather Mountain. Meet at the lower Bridge Trail trailhead. (Approx. 45 minutes)
3:00 pm Butterfly Program Join our staff naturalists to understand the unique life history of butterflies.  Come learn about all the fun and amazing facts about butterflies with opportunities to capture and identify butterfly. This interactive program is perfect for families and children. Meet at the Butterfly Garden across from the Fudge Shop.
8:00 pm Evening Gathering at the Bridge for sunset Join us for a brief moment of reflection of the day and share experiences with other campers from Grandfather Mountain (weather-permitting).
Sunday, July 26
10:00 am Depart MacRae Meadows Please plan to depart the campsite by 10 a.m. Staff will be on hand throughout the weekend and will be happy to assist with campsite breakdown/pack-up.

Download the 2015 Campout Itinerary in PDF format.

Location : Grandfather Mountain | Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646 |
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  • The view was awesome, but the most impressive thing was the wind blowing through the bridge. It sounded like a symphony. It made me aware of the presence of God. The mountains around me declared His glory.

    Anne
    Olive Branch, MS
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