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.  Registration forms will be available online beginning May 1.  For more information and registration details:  828-733-4326.

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.

Those interested in the Brooks, Birds & Boulders guided hike or Behind-the-Scenes Habitat Tours must be sure their registration is received by July 22.

What to Bring

Campout Rules

2014 Schedule

Friday, July 25
2:00pm-7:00pm 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).
8:00pm 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.
8:30pm 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. ORNight 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 lurk after the sun goes down. Every night is different, so join us for one or both nights of the campout — you never know what you may see.
Saturday, July 26
2:00pm-7:00pm 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).
9:00am 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 15 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.
10:00am Native American kids’ program Join us to learn more about Native Americans that may have visited Grandfather Mountain. We will discuss the roles children would have had and what day-to-day life may have been like. We will tell stories and play games that Native Americans would have played. Meet at the Woods Walk.
10:30am 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.
11:00am Climate and Weather Program Join our staff naturalists at the Butterfly Garden located across from the Fudge Shop to learn about how we are using sophisticated instruments to measure climate and weather on Grandfather Mountain through a collaborative effort with Appalachian State University.
1:00pm Peaks and Stories Around Us On this walk up to the Mile High Swinging Bridge, Grandfather’s naturalists will focus on the rare and endangered plants that grow in this unique ecosystem. The staff will also share some of the local history of the area and the park itself. Meet at the bottom of the stairs to the Bridge.
3:00pm Orienteering Workshop Join our Interpretive Rangers for this fun and interactive workshop focused on learning how to read and navigate using maps. This program will occur in the woods walk. Participants will use a map and compass to successfully navigate a course following given waypoints on a map.
8:00pm Evening Gathering Join us for a brief moment of reflection of the day. Share experiences with other campers from Grandfather Mountain and receive updates and information about upcoming programs and rules and regulations for the campout.
8:30pm 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.ORNight 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 lurk after the sun goes down. Every night is different, so join us for one or both nights of the campout — you never know what you may see.
Sunday, July 27
10:00am A Bugs World This program is designed for children but may interest anyone who is fascinated with bugs. We will be searching for critters that live in the leaf layer of the forest. This is a very fun and interactive program where everyone gets involved in the search. Meet at the Let It Rain Picnic Shelter.
10:30am 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.
11:00 am Clouds and Weather Join our staff naturalists to learn how to read the weather based on the clouds in the sky.  Come learn how to identify clouds and figure out what they can tell us about the weather. Meet at the Butterfly Garden across from the Fudge Shop.
1:00 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. This interactive program is perfect for families and children. Meet at the Butterfly Garden across from the Fudge Shop.
By 3 p.m. Depart MacRae Meadows Please plan to depart the campsite by 3 p.m. Staff will be on hand throughout the weekend and will be happy to assist with campsite breakdown/pack-up.

Download the 2014 Campout Itinerary in PDF format.

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  • We had a wonderful day although it was rainy we still enjoyed ourselves, the kids loved it!!  The spiced cider in the fudge shop was the best. Thanks for a memorable day that will be talked about for a while to come.


    Jesi
    Abingdon, VA
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