grandfather mountain state park
Grandfather Mountain has been staple landmark of the high country for centuries. Rising up to 5,946 feet above sea level, it is the highest peak in the eastern escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In 2008, the state of North Carolina purchased 2,600 acres of undeveloped land on Grandfather, and this became Grandfather Mountain State Park in 2009. The parks hosts the annual Highland Games and is home to several attractions, including the Mile High Swinging Bridge, 11 unique trails, camping, and environmental habitats.
Features of Grandfather Mountain State Park:
- A United Nation designated International Biosphere Reserve
- Over seventy rare plant and animal species
- Twelve miles of rugged backcountry hiking trails
- Thirteen backcountry campsites
For more information about camping, trails, parking, and reservations, visit: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/grmo/main.php