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

MacRae Meadows

MacRae Meadows is a large grassy area at the base of Grandfather Mountain. 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. 221, and ample space for parking.

Alcohol is not permitted, and the rental is for the property only: amenities are not included. Event participants must depart before sundown, and event insurance is required.

Contact Erin Moody at (828) 733-2013 for pricing, scheduling and details. You can also schedule an appointment to tour the property.

Let it Rain Picnic Shelter

True to its name, this shelter offers covered picnic table seating for 72 people. It has a large charcoal grill and is located next to the Nature Museum. The shelter is generally first come, first served, however it may be reserved for catered events only if 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 Erin Moody at (828) 733-2013 for pricing, scheduling and details.

Mildred’s Grill Sunroom

With lovely views and a convenient location inside the Nature Museum, this sunroom seats approximately 50 people.

Contact Erin Moody at (828) 733-2013 for pricing, scheduling and details.

Cliffside Overlook

This scenic overlook with rocky outcroppings and long-range views is located off the main attraction road, just above Forrest Gump Curve. The space includes picnic table seating for approximately 18 people, with charcoal park grills. This picnic area is first come, first served: it cannot be reserved in advance.

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. This picnic area is first come, first served: it cannot be reserved in advance.

Food and Catering Options

Groups are welcome to bring in their own food, or menu items from Mildred’s Grill can be packaged to-go if arranged in advance with the Group Tour Coordinator, Erin Moody at 800-468-7325.

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. Please contact Group Tour Coordinator Erin Moody at 800-468-7325 to plan the details of your wedding.

MacRae Meadows

MacRae Meadows is a large grassy area at the base of Grandfather Mountain. 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. 221, and ample space for parking.

Alcohol is not permitted, and the rental is for the property only: amenities are not included. Event participants must depart before sundown, and event insurance is required.

Contact Erin Moody at (828) 733-2013 for pricing, scheduling 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 contact Erin Moody at (828) 733-2013 in advance to discuss your plans and details. If arranged in advance, the bride, groom and clergy can enter the park for free. 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.

View the Grandfather Mountain Photo Policy for details on wedding and engagement photography at Grandfather Mountain.

Shuttle Service

Because sharp curves near the top of the mountain restrict large vehicles 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 without prior reservation. No exceptions will be made.

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  • My husband, myself and our 6 year old daughter went to Grandfather Mountain, and we hiked up the mountain instead of driving. We had a blast. It is so beautiful there, we are planning to go back. I recommend it to everyone.

    Andrea
    Greenville, TX
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