Group Venues & Weddings

Groups Venues and Weddings

New memories among timeless landscapes.

Families, friends, colleagues—get-togethers are always amazing on Grandfather Mountain. Against a backdrop of never-ending scenery, your group can play, mingle and reconnect in a place they’ll never forget.

Group Venues

Food and Picnic Areas

Menu Items from Mildred’s Grill can be packaged “to-go” (please arrange this in advance with the group tour coordinator, Erin Henry at 800-468-7325) or groups can bring in their own food.

Most shelters and picnic locations on Grandfather Mountain are first come, first served, but can accommodate family gatherings or group picnics depending on group size. MacRae Meadows and the Mildred’s Grill Sunroom are the only venues that need to be reserved in advance. See below for a list of gathering places:

MacRae Meadows

At the base of Grandfather Mountain, there’s a large space called MacRae Meadows. It’s used for the Singing on the Mountain and the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, but it can also host your next special event, from a family reunion to a corporate picnic to a wedding. You’ll have access to the meadow area, plus the space across from the Meadows on U.S. Route 221, and ample space for parking.

Alcohol is not allowed, and the rental is for the property only: amenities aren’t included. Event participants must depart before sundown, and event insurance is required.

Call Erin Henry at 800-468-7325, for pricing and details. You can also schedule an appointment to tour the property.

Cliffside Overlook

This picnic area with scenic views is located off the main attraction road, just above Forrest Gump Curve. The space includes picnic table seating for approximately 18 people, with grills. It is first come, first served: this picnic area cannot be reserved in advance.

Let it Rain Picnic Shelter

True to its name, this shelter offers covered picnic table seating for 72 people. It has space for grilling and is located next to the Nature Museum. The shelter is first come, first served: it cannot be reserved in advance.

This shelter may be reserved in advance for catered events, so long as Mildred’s Grill provides the catering.  Please note that the Let it Rain Picnic Shelter may not be reserved when other groups are using it or on weekends. Contact Kim at (828) 733-2013 for reservations.  Groups must pay park admission to use the shelter.

Mildred’s Grill Sunroom

With lovely views and a convenient location inside the Nature Museum, this sunroom seats 50 people. Please call Erin Henry, 800-468-7325, to reserve the room in advance.

The Woods Walk Picnic Area

This large picnic area is located on the lower portion of Grandfather Mountain, just up the main road from Half Moon Overlook. With numerous picnic tables and grills scattered throughout the area, it’s near the Woods Walk Nature Trail, a leisurely 4/10-mile loop through mature Appalachian forest. The picnic area is first come, first served: it cannot be reserved in advance.

Wedding Ceremonies:

A ceremony on Grandfather Mountain will delight your guests and fill your special day with the awe and splendor of this majestic mountain. Hold an intimate ceremony in the park itself, or for a larger ceremony, welcome guests to MacRae Meadows. Learn more below, then contact Erin Henry at 800-468-7325 to plan the details of your wedding.

MacRae Meadows:

At the base of Grandfather Mountain, there’s a large space called MacRae Meadows. It’s used for the Singing on the Mountain and the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, but it can also host your next special event, from a family reunion to a corporate picnic to a wedding. You’ll have access to the meadow area, plus the space across from the Meadows on U.S. Route 221, and ample space for parking.

Alcohol is not allowed, and the rental is for the property only: amenities aren’t included. Event participants must depart before sundown, and event insurance is required.

Call Erin Henry at 800-468-7325, for pricing and details. You can also schedule an appointment to tour the property.

In the Park

Grandfather Mountain welcomes small wedding ceremonies inside the park. Please call the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation office in advance to discuss your plans and details, at 800-468-7325. If arranged in advance, the bride, groom, and clergy can enter into the park for free. A discounted admission will be available for the extended wedding party (up to 10 people.)

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation regrets that we cannot make special accommodations for the ceremony or wedding party. We ask that the ceremony and wedding party not interfere with our other guests’ experience or enjoyment of the park. All Grandfather Mountain rules and regulations must be followed.

Portrait Photography Policy:

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation welcomes engagement/bridal/family portrait photo parties to the attraction as long as each individual, including the photographer, pays regular admission to the park. Upon the group’s entry, it is also understood that they are not to block foot or vehicle traffic to take pictures or otherwise interfere with the normal activities of Grandfather Mountain’s other guests. We regret that we cannot make special accommodations for photo party guests. All Grandfather Mountain rules and regulations must be followed.

Before/after hours: You may visit the mountain before or after regular park hours for sunrise/sunset shots and/or to avoid regular guest crowds. To do so, you must make an appointment by phone at least one week in advance. The group will be charged $100 for each hour before or after regular operating hours in addition to the normal admission rate per-person. To make an appointment please call Katie Casella at 800-468-7325.

Shuttle Service

Because sharp curves near the top of the mountain restrict commercial motor coaches and some school buses to the lower part of the mountain, Grandfather provides free shuttle service to the top in its own buses. Reservations for the shuttle buses are required.

Motor coaches or buses longer than 28′ are not allowed in the park on weekends. No exceptions will be made.

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  • This visit to Grandfather Mountain was clearly worth the drive up to see the beautiful views and the animals in the habitats.  We ate at the restaurant and went to the nature museum also which was nice.  Really enjoyed the drive up.




    Jeff
    Thomasville, NC
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