May 17-19, 2013: Naturalist Weekend
Join us for a weekend filled with guided hikes and special presentations on the nature of Grandfather Mountain. Included with park admission.
May 23, 2013: The Critter Crawl
This brand new 5K race starts in MacRae Meadows and ends at the top of Grandfather. Proceeds benefit the Mountain's eagle habitat renovation fund. Online registration begins March 1.
May 31-June 2, 2013: Nature Photography Weekend
Hear presentations from top nature photographers in the evenings and photograph spectacular scenery and native animals during the day. Additional cost.
June 1-16, 2013: The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble
Join us for special activities with staff naturalists designed to help you get the most out of the memorable sight of the Catawba Rhododendron at Grandfather. Programs at 1 p.m. daily. Included with park admission.
June 23, 2013: 89th Annual Singing on the Mountain
Free, all-day gospel sing and fellowship held in MacRae Meadows. Camping (without hookups) available.
July 11-14, 2013: 58th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
Over one hundred Scottish clans and societies sponsor this celebration of Scottish dance, music, and athletics. Admission charged. See our Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Guide.
July 26-28, 2013: The Grandfather Campout
A special opportunity to camp in MacRae Meadows and take part in day and night activities led by Grandfather's naturalists and interpretive rangers. Additional cost. Registration begins May 1. For more information and registration details: 828-733-4326.
August 17-18, 2013: Grandfather Mountain Amateur and Professional Camera Clinic
Top photographers gather to share on the nuts and bolts of making good photographs. Free to working press, additional cost for non-professionals. Online registration begins July 15.
September 15, 2013: Bridge-to-Bridge Incredible Challenge Bike Ride
This 100-mile bike ride departs downtown Lenoir and makes its way uphill to Grandfather Mountain. Registration fee. For more info: 828-726-0616..
October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 2013: The Colors of Grandfather
A guided walk led by interpretive rangers to discuss the reasons trees change color in the fall and to identify what trees turn what colors. Programs at 1 PM. daily. Included with park admission.
October 26, 2013: Beary Scary Halloween
Celebrate Halloween at Grandfather with crafts, nature programs, trick or treating, and a costume contest. Included with park admission. Children in costume get in for half price.