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Grandfather Mountain Campout



Article Published: May. 8 | Modified: May. 8
Grandfather Mountain Campout

Meeting around the campfire is one of the highlights of the Grandfather Mountain Campout, set for July 25 to 27.
Photo courtesy of Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation



Registration is now open for a mountain camping experience like no other.

The Grandfather Mountain Campout, set for July 25 to 27, offers a rare opportunity to spend two nights at Grandfather Mountain and join in various nature programs throughout the weekend.

“It’s a great opportunity for novice campers to try it out with guidance from our staff, or for more experienced outdoorsmen to get a taste of Grandfather after dark,” chief naturalist Jill Goodwin said. “It’s a safe, fun and unique opportunity to take camping to the next level.”

The event kicks off with a welcome campfire Friday night — s’mores included. The weekend’s busy activity lineup includes night adventures, Native American programs, climate and weather observations, guided walks highlighting endangered plants, orienteering workshops, bug hunts and butterfly programs.

Additional in-depth opportunities, such as a guided hike on the Black Rock Trail and Behind-the-Scenes Habitat Tours, are available for an additional charge.

Participants also enjoy extended access to the park and the Mile High Swinging Bridge before sunrise and after sunset, allowing for spectacular and rare scenic views and photo opportunities.

This is the third consecutive year the campout has been offered by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.

Registration forms are available for download at http://www.grandfather.com/events/the-grandfather-campout/. Participants must submit their registration forms and payment by mail by July 25 to: Campout Registration, Grandfather Mountain, P.O. Box 129, Linville, N.C. 28646.

Those interested in the Black Rock Trail guided hike or Behind-the-Scenes Habitat Tours must be sure their registration is received by July 22.

Campsites are $30 per night or $25 per night for Bridge Club members. Park admission is not included in the campsite fee. Those who attend multiple days of the campout should keep their park admission receipt to receive discounted admission on the following days.

Visit http://www.grandfather.com/events/the-grandfather-campout/ for more information and a complete schedule. For questions about the campout or the registration process, contact the Naturalist Office at (828) 733-4326.

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park in the public interest and participate in educational research activities. For more information, call (800) 468-7325, or plan a trip at http://www.grandfather.com.

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