Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days – April 2013

grandfather mountainSpring has definitely arrived here in the High Country. Families are eager to get outdoors and enjoy nature’s beauty and the warm sunshine. Pack and picnic and head to Grandfather Mountain. It is that time of year for dollar days.

All those that work and reside in the six High Country counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, are invited to visit Grandfather Mountain for $2 a person during the month of April with proof of local employment or residency.

The special April Dollar Days $2 admission is offered to residents and those working in the six counties represented by the NC High Country Host regional travel promotion organization: Mitchell, Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes counties. The discount is also extended to students attending colleges and universities in the High Country and to guests traveling in the same vehicle with those eligible for the April discount. Please present a driver’s license, college ID, or local utility bill as proof of High Country residency. An employee identification badge or pay stub can be used to show employment at a High Country business.

“We are happy to be able to offer this special discount admission to residents of the High Country Host Counties again this year,” said Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation President Penn Dameron.  “This is our way of thanking local residents for the support they give us.”

April is a perfect time to visit with your family. The weather is getting warmer and the flowers are beginning to bloom. Take your time while you are on the mountain and enjoy a nice family picnic.

The animals in the Grandfather Mountain Animal habitats, including cougars, river otters and white-tailed deer, can be photographed from close range in their natural surroundings.  Each of these North Carolina indigenous species are more active as the temperatures slowly rise in the month of April.  Guest this year will also be lucky enough to welcome two new additions to the Animal habitats: two bald eagles.  The new residents will be featured in the newly renovated, fully enclosed eagle habitat.

One good way to get some fresh air during a visit to Grandfather is to walk on the Black Rock Nature Trail that runs out a mile and back through northern hardwood and spruce forests.  This trail is marked with interpretive signs that give hikers interesting facts about the nature around them.

The Mountain is open every day in April, weather permitting. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with admission sales ending at 4 p.m.  For current conditions, phone the Grandfather Mountain entrance gate at 828-733-4337 or plan your trip at