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Craving a trip? Grandfather Mountain just released its event schedule for 2022 and there are plenty of reasons to make the short drive. Events include the Highland Games, The Rhododendron Ramble, Animal Birthday Party, and more. Grandfather Mountain is located at 2050 Blowing Rock Highway in Linville, North Carolina. Check out the full Grandfather Mountain event schedule below:

  • The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble

    • May 28th through June 4th
    • 2:00-2:30pm Daily
    • From May 28 through June 4, daily, short, guided strolls will highlight Grandfather Mountain’s rhododendron species and blooms. The weeklong rambles culminate on Sunday, June 5, during which the park will host a special speaker and activities throughout the day. Included with admission.

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  • The All-Day Rhododendron Ramble

    • June 5th
    • 10:ooam – 3:00pm
    • Grandfather Mountain’s 2022 Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble concludes June 5, when the park will host a special speaker and activities throughout the day. Included with admission.

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  • Animal Birthday Party

    • June 8th
    • 1:00pm-3:30pm
    • Grandfather Mountain celebrates the birthdays of its resident animals with games, contests, crafts and surprises.

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  • Nature Photography Weekend

    • June 10th-12th
    • ALL DAY
    • Visit Grandfather Mountain to enjoy presentations from top nature photographers, hands-on breakout sessions, a friendly contest, after-hours photography and more!

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  • 2022 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

    • July 7-10th
    • ALL DAY
    • Blaring bagpipes, Scottish athletics, Highland melodies, Celtic cuisine, crafts aplenty and a spectacular highland setting make this colorful celebration of Scottish culture one of the most highly acclaimed games in the country. Additional cost.

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  • Grandfather by Night

    • July 15, July 22, July 29th, August 5, August 12, August 19
    • 8:oopm-10:00pm
    • Explore Grandfather Mountain after hours with your own personal guides. Discover some of the park’s nighttime wonders, while stopping at its most significant sites, and more.

     

  • Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

    • August 20-21st
    • ALL DAY
    • Top photographers gather at Grandfather Mountain to present on the nuts and bolts of making good photographs. Online registration begins July 20 at grandfather.com.

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  • Animal Enrichment Day

    • August 3rd
    • 1:00pm-3:30pm
    • On Animal Enrichment Day, guests will see firsthand how Grandfather Mountain cares for its resident animals. Visitors can enjoy watching demonstrations, talking directly with keepers and participating in family-oriented games and crafts. Included with admission.

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  • Grandfather Mountain Campfire Stories

    • August 26th
    • 7:30-9:30pm
    • This all-new event allows guests to enjoy stories around the campfire from interesting figures in the realms of science, conservation and environmental education, all while experiencing the wonder of Grandfather Mountain after dark. Additional costs. Online registration begins July 26.

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  • HawkWatch

    • Sept 1-30th
    • ALL DAY
    • All throughout September, guests are invited to join the mountain’s naturalists as they count and celebrate the annual spectacle of fall raptor migration.

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  • 70th Anniversary of the Mile High Swinging Bridge

    • Sept 2nd
    • ALL DAY
    • Celebrate seven decades of mile-high wonder with a day of activities for the whole family, as Grandfather Mountain observes the 70th anniversary of its world-famous Mile High Swinging Bridge. Included with admission.

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  • Junior Naturalist Day

    • Sept 1oth
    • 10:00am-3:00pm
    • Grandfather Mountain’s Junior Ranger Program is now the Junior Naturalist Program — a new program for our new Conservation Campus! Activities throughout the day will be provided specifically for children ages 5-12 to explore their environment and experience all that Grandfather has to offer.

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  • 52nd Annual Girl Scout Day

    • Sept 24th
    • 10:00am-3:00pm
    • Girl Scouts are invited to join the park’s naturalists for a fun-filled learning adventure on Grandfather Mountain. Participants can enjoy special scout activities, presentations, and a closing ceremony. Plus, all Girl Scouts and troop leaders are admitted free with proof of membership, and family members will receive discounted admission.

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  • Fall Color Ramble

    • October 1st-10th
    • 2:00pm-2:30pm
    • From Oct. 1-10, guests can enjoy short, guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 15, folks can join the park’s naturalists for a day full of fall-color activities, including guest speakers and additional rambles, allowing participants to explore and admire the annual phenomenon.

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  • Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight

    • October 1st
    • 6:45pm-9:30pm
    • As night falls on Grandfather Mountain, guests can enjoy rare after-dark tours, fireside tales, and a chance to meet the park’s nocturnal residents. Additional cost. Limited to 28 participants. Registration opens Sept. 1.

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  • All-Day Fall Color Ramble

    • October 15th
    • 10:00am-3:00pm
    • Grandfather Mountain’s Fall Color Ramble wraps up on Oct. 15 with a day full of fall-color activities, including guest speakers and additional rambles, allowing participants to explore and admire the annual phenomenon.  

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  • Beary Scary Halloween

    • October 29th
    • 1:00pm-3:00pm
    • Visit Grandfather Mountain for an afternoon of nature programs about animals that some consider creepy and crawly! This fun-filled celebration includes an opportunity to trick-or-treat through the animal habitats area and then watch special Halloween enrichments be given to the animals. Plus, children in costume are admitted at half-price. Included with admission.

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  • Gallery: Grandfather Mountain

    Enjoy the scenery and wildlife of Grandfather Mountain below:

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