Daily Events

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Daily Events

Make a plan now to enjoy one of our special “Daily Events” during your visit to Grandfather Mountain!

Scroll through the exciting list below to locate the events that interest you, or choose a specific date to see the park happenings on that day.

The vast majority of our events are included with your park admission fee, but some events which require a small fee to participate to ensure you receive expert guidance and knowledge from specially trained individuals. Check the right column of the Event Calendar to confirm whether any additional fees apply.

We look forward to seeing you on the mountain!

Are You Planning a trip? Select your start and end dates to peruse our daily events.

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February 14, 2016

Time Activity Location Cost
1:00pm -1:20pm
  • Naturalist Programs
  • Ongoing Events
Nature on the Mountain Naturalist Talk
  • Naturalist Programs
  • Ongoing Events

Join us for a look at the wild side of Grandfather Mountain. Learn about the plants and animals of this mountain including the Fraser fir and red spruce trees. This 20-minute naturalist talk meets on the second floor of the Top Shop Visitor Center. Event may be cancelled or change locations due to adverse weather.

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May 7, 2016

Time Activity Location Cost
9:00am -6:00pm
  • Featured Events
Salamander Saturday
  • Featured Events

Join Grandfather Mountain’s staff naturalists for a celebration of Southern Appalachian salamanders. For more information, email mickey@grandfather.com, or call (828) 733-4326.

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May 13, 2016

Time Activity Location Cost
12:00am -12:00am
  • Featured Events
Naturalist Weekend
  • Featured Events

A full weekend of fascinating nature programs, including bird counts, wildflower walks, wildlife workshops and guided hikes for all ages. Included with park admission. For more information, call (828) 733-4326, or email mickey@grandfather.com.

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June 1, 2016

Time Activity Location Cost
9:00am -6:00pm
  • Featured Events
The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble
  • Featured Events

Learn about the spectacular blooms of the Catawba Rhododendron that brighten the hillsides in this guided walk series. Programs begin at 1 p.m. daily and are included with park admission. For more information, call (828) 733-4326, or email mickey@grandfather.com.

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June 3, 2016

Time Activity Location Cost
12:00am -12:00am
  • Featured Events
Nature Photography Weekend
  • Featured Events

Hear presentations from top nature photographers in the evenings and photograph spectacular scenery and native animals during the day. Online registration begins April 4.

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June 15, 2016

Time Activity Location Cost
8:00am -6:00pm
  • Featured Events
Animal Birthday Party
  • Featured Events

Grandfather Mountain celebrates the birthdays of all the animals in the park with games, contests, crafts and surprises. Included with park admission. For more information, call (828) 733-4326, or email mickey@grandfather.com.

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July 7, 2016

Time Activity Location Cost
12:00am -12:00am
  • Featured Events
61st Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
  • Featured Events

Revel in Scottish traditions, music, dancing, athletics and food at the grandest Highland Games, held at the base of Grandfather Mountain in MacRae Meadows. Admission charged. For more information, call (828) 733-1333, or visit www.gmhg.org.

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August 15, 2016

Time Activity Location Cost
2:00pm -2:00pm
  • Featured Events
Grandfather Mountain Amateur and Professional Camera Clinic
  • Featured Events

Top photographers gather to share on the nuts and bolts of making good photograph. Free to working press, additional cost for non-professionals. Online registration begins July 13.

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September 10, 2016

Time Activity Location Cost
9:00am -6:00pm
  • Featured Events
13th annual Grandfather Mountain Kidfest
  • Featured Events

Guided hikes, games, storytellers, music and fun designed to get kids excited about the nature and culture of the North Carolina mountains. Included with park admission. For more information, email mickey@grandfather.com, or call (828) 733-4326.

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September 17, 2016

Time Activity Location Cost
9:00am -6:00pm
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46th annual Girl Scout Day
  • Featured Events

All Girl Scouts and troop leaders are admitted free with proof of membership to take part in thrilling nature programs, while bonding as a troop. Discount admission for family members. Nature programs will be offered throughout the day.

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  • It was the most breathtaking experience we ever shared as a family. Many memories were made as we hiked on the trails, crossed the mile high bridge and saw the views of this part of our state. We wanted to thank the locals who greeted us, welcomed us, and made our first visit the best! We will return. Great family vacation!
    Patricia
    Willard, NC
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