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!



Aug 26 2016

Beauty of the Night Walk

Join Grandfather Mountain naturalists for a guided walk to challenge your senses and experience the beauty of the night atop our beautiful 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.


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My family and I visited from NJ. If you love nature, you will love Grandfather Mountain. It is a steep drive in your car, but worth it for a wonderful view. There is hiking at many different levels, animals and great picture taking. Enjoy!

Villa, NC
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