Grandfather Mountain State Park Activities June 2013

Grandfather Mountain State Park is the newest North Carolina State park.  Created in 2008, the state park service acquired the 2,456 acres along the crest of Grandfather Mountain, located off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Linville.  The park offers 13 backcountry camping locations and more than 12 miles of hiking trails.  Most of the trails are steep and challending, featuring ladders and steel cables to guide hikers to the astounding views at the top of the ridgeline.

Hikers and campers must fill out a free permit at one of the trail heads before entering the park. For more information on Grandfather Mountain State Park, click to: http://ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/grmo/main.php

The state park is very active and offers many guided hikes and educational programs throughout the year. Here is a list of hikes and programs for June 2013:

TWILIGHT HIKEDate: Sunday, June 9
Time: 7:30 PM
Meet at Profile Trail (Hwy 105 South- 1/4 mile north of the Hwy 184 intersection, Linville NC
Join a Park Ranger for an evening stroll through the Southern Appalachian Forest and see the woods come to life after the sun sets. Experience the park from a different prospective and learn about nocturnal wildlife. Participants must bring flashlights or headlamps and are encouraged to wear hiking boots.  Hike will go approx 1.5 miles. No pets. 

GEMS of the FOREST
Date: Thursday, June 20
Time: 8:30 AM
Meet at Profile Trail (Hwy 105 South- 1/4 mile north of the Hwy 184 intersection, Linville NC)
Join a Park Ranger for a woodland walk among Southern Appalachia’s forest gems: wildflowers and song birds. Spring wildflowers are blooming in abundance and the Neo-tropical wood warblers have returned to their summer nesting grounds. Field guides and binoculars are encouraged and will enhance the experience.  Participants should be prepared to hike a 2 mile round trip along a moderately strenuous trail.

ART OF BEEKEEPING
Date: Friday, June 21
Time: 3:00 PM
Meet at Profile Trail (Hwy 105 South- 1/4 mile north of the Hwy 184 intersection, Linville NC)
Why are insect pollinators important? How much of our food is dependent on bees? Meet a Beekeeper and Park Ranger at the Profile Trail parking area to learn about honeybees and other insecto pollinators.  Beekeeping equipment will be displayed and a demonstration hive set up for viewing. There will be no actual bees! Participants of all age are encouraged to come.

GEMS of the FOREST
Date: Monday, June 24
Time: 5:00 PM
Meet at Profile Trail (Hwy 105 South- 1/4 mile north of the Hwy 184 intersection, Linville NC)
Join a Park Ranger for a woodland walk among Southern Appalachia’s forest gems: wildflowers and song birds. Spring wildflowers are blooming in abundance and the Neo-tropical wood warblers have returned to their summer nesting grounds. Field guides and binoculars are encouraged and will enhance the experience.  Participants should be prepared to hike a 2 mile round trip along a moderately strenuous trail.

For questions, please contact the Grandfather Mountain State Park Office at 828-963-9522

 

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