Grandfather Campout at Grandfather Mountain

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Article Published: Apr. 26, 2012 | Modified: Apr. 26, 2012
Grandfather Campout at Grandfather Mountain

The Grandfather Campout July 27-29 gives participants the opportunity to be on Grandfather Mountain during sunrise and sunset. Campers will stay at MacRae Meadows during the weekend and can attend various programs inside the nature attraction.

Photo by Helen Moss Davis

This summer at Grandfather Mountain brings a new event, offering participants unique opportunities on the mountain.

The first Grandfather Mountain Campout July 27-29 is an all-weekend event hosted by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.

During the campout, guests can spend up to three days and two nights camping in MacRae Meadows between organized events all over the mountain. Grandfather’s education and interpretive staff will be present in the camp area to assist novice campers, answer questions and even offer campfire treats and activities.

The campsite will be safe, cater to all levels of camping experience and welcomes families, couples, and solo adventurers throughout the weekend, Grandfather officials said.

These opportunities are included in the price of registration: “Night Adventures,” “The Wonders of Bees” children’s program, a climate and weather program, a tree and shrub walk and an orienteering workshop.

Also included in the registration price is “A Bug’s World” children’s program, a clouds and weather program, a butterfly program, “Nature Near the Swinging Bridge” and several campfire and evening gatherings.

There are also additional, more in-depth activities such as “Grandfather’s Attic Hike” and Behind the Scenes habitat tours, available at an additional charge.

Campout participants also get the added bonus of extended hours on Grandfather. Campers receive access to the park’s overlooks, Woods Walk picnic area and walking trail and the Mile High Swinging Bridge in the morning, starting 30 minutes prior to sunrise and in the evening from closing time to 30 minutes after sunrise, allowing for scenic photo opportunities.

Registration for the Grandfather Mountain Campout begins May 1 at

Registration forms must be printed and mailed in. Those who wish to resister for a guided hike or a Behind the Scenes tour must be sure their registration is received by July 25.

Registration for the campout must be received by July 27.

Campsites are $30 per night for participants or $25 per night for annual pass holders. Admission to the park is not included in the campsite fee. Those who attend multiple days of the campout should keep their admission receipt to receive discount admission into the park the following days of the event.

For more information about registration, call (828) 733-4326.

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park sustainably in the public interest, provide an exceptional experience for guests and inspire them to be good stewards of the Earth’s resources.

For more information, visit or call (800) 468-7325.

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