Featured Events

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

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 cost section of each Event Listing to confirm whether any additional fees apply.

We look forward to seeing you on the mountain!



Sep 01 2016

N.C. Interpreters’ Gathering

An opportunity for interpreters to check out another interpretive site with behind-the-scenes looks, connect with other professionals, exchange ideas and get continuing education credit for NAI certifications.



Sep 02 2016

Hawk Watch Orientation

An orientation to in-flight raptor identification, the impact of weather conditions on migration, site geography for spotting, data recording and more!



Sep 10 2016

13th annual Grandfather Mountain Kidfest

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.



Sep 17 2016

46th annual Girl Scout Day

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.



Sep 25 2016

John Muir Day

Join Grandfather Mountain in celebrating the legacy of John Muir, renowned naturalist, conservationist, Sierra Club founder and “Father of the National Parks.” Special programs highlighting Muir’s life and career will take place throughout the day, and all Sierra Club members will be admitted free with valid proof of membership. For more information, call (828) 733-2013.


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I picked up my 6 year old son from school  and asked him if he could guess where I was gonna take him to spend the weekend. With eyes big and wide he asked, Grandfather Mt? I have never seen him get so happy. Or should I say, pumped up to the max. He thanked me over and over again, while packing for the night in the wild. As with most things in life can be, this was a gift that did not fade away or break like most  presents after minutes of play.  As we got closer  to the top he expressed his deepest thanks, I saw my boy grow up this weekend. I pushed him and he pushed me and together we made it all the way from 105 to the Swinging Bridge.  "Get Out More.  Make memories, not regrets."
Sugar Mtn, NC
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