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.

Starting On: And Ending On

April 1, 2015

Time Activity Location Cost
8:00am -6:00pm
  • Featured Events
April Dollar Days
  • Featured Events

All those who live or work in Mitchell, Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, are invited to visit Grandfather Mountain for only $3 during the month of April with proof of local employment or residency.

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Grandfather Mountain
Included
8:00am -8:00am
  • Featured Events
Register for 2015 Nature Photography Weekend
  • Featured Events

Online registration for the 2015 Nature Photography Weekend (to be held May 29-May 31, 2015) begins at 8 a.m. April 1.

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Grandfather Mountain
$10 - $115
11:00am -11:15am
  • Habitat Programs
  • Ongoing Events
Bear Encounter
  • Habitat Programs
  • Ongoing Events

Watch the Grandfather Mountain naturalists give the bears an enrichment — something different that can help break up the animals’ day such as a scent, a new toy or a treat. Naturalists will share information about the animals and answer questions during the encounter. This animal encounter may be cancelled due to adverse weather.

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Grandfather Mountain
Included
11:30am -11:45am
  • Naturalist Programs
  • Ongoing Events
Junior Ranger Program
  • Naturalist Programs
  • Ongoing Events

Meet Grandfather Mountain’s naturalists for a special program geared toward children. Kids are invited to learn about the mountain’s animals through activities and wildlife viewing during this brief program held at the Butterfly Garden near the Fudge Shop.

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Grandfather Mountain
Included
12:00pm -12:15pm
  • Habitat Programs
  • Ongoing Events
Cougar Encounter
  • Habitat Programs
  • Ongoing Events

Watch the Grandfather Mountain naturalists give the cougars an enrichment — something different that can help break up the animals’ day such as a scent, a new toy or a treat. Naturalists will share information about the animals and answer questions during the encounter. This animal encounter may be cancelled due to adverse weather.

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Grandfather Mountain
Included
12:30pm -12:45pm
  • Habitat Programs
  • Ongoing Events
Otter Encounter
  • Habitat Programs
  • Ongoing Events

Watch the Grandfather Mountain naturalists give the otters an enrichment — something different that can help break up the animals’ day such as a scent, a new toy or a treat. Naturalists will share information about the animals and answer questions during the encounter. This animal encounter may be cancelled due to adverse weather.

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Grandfather Mountain
Included
1:00pm -1:15pm
  • Habitat Programs
  • Ongoing Events
Deer Encounter
  • Habitat Programs
  • Ongoing Events

Watch the Grandfather Mountain naturalists give the deer an enrichment — something different that can help break up the animals’ day such as a scent, a new toy or a treat. Naturalists will share information about the animals and answer questions during the encounter. This animal encounter may be cancelled due to adverse weather.

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Grandfather Mountain
Included
1:30pm -1:45pm
  • Habitat Programs
  • Ongoing Events
Bear Encounter
  • Habitat Programs
  • Ongoing Events

Watch the Grandfather Mountain naturalists give the bears an enrichment — something different that can help break up the animals’ day such as a scent, a new toy or a treat. Naturalists will share information about the animals and answer questions during the encounter. This animal encounter may be cancelled due to adverse weather.

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Grandfather Mountain
Included
2:00pm -2:15pm
  • Habitat Programs
  • Ongoing Events
Eagle Encounter
  • Habitat Programs
  • Ongoing Events

Grandfather Mountain naturalists will share information about the bald eagles and answer questions while you view the birds up close during this encounter. Because eagles prefer to eat in seclusion and don’t interact with toys, they do not receive a daily enrichment like the other habitat animals. This animal encounter may be cancelled due to adverse weather.

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Grandfather Mountain
Included
2:30pm -2:45pm
  • Habitat Programs
  • Ongoing Events
Bear Encounter
  • Habitat Programs
  • Ongoing Events

Watch the Grandfather Mountain naturalists give the bears an enrichment — something different that can help break up the animals’ day such as a scent, a new toy or a treat. Naturalists will share information about the animals and answer questions during the encounter. This animal encounter may be cancelled due to adverse weather.

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  • My wife and I along with our daughter, son in law and grand daughter recently visited the mountains and one of the highlights was our trip the Grandfather Mt. The reason it was great was because everything is handicap accessible.  My wife is wheelchair bound and we were able to include her in everything even the bridge. She was so happy because she was able to tell everyone the story of the first time she ever walked across the bridge and how it was made of wood. The animal park was the best and the highlight for our grand daughter. We were on vacation for a week and the trip to Grandfather was the last day and we truly saved the best for last. Thank you for all you do to make this State Treasure open to all.
    Cliff
    Chocowinity, NC
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