The Blue Ridge Mountains are no stranger to elopements, but it’s often hard to find a spot that you 1. Don’t have to hike to and 2. Don’t need a permit to get married in a certain location. Having your elopement at Grandfather mountain checks both of these boxes and offers plenty of options for all kinds of couples!
I’ve put together the ultimate guide to eloping at Grandfather Mountain so you have less stress and more FUN leading up to your wedding day!
In order to elope at Grandfather Mountain, you must reserve your date AT LEAST 1 week ahead of time. In order to reserve your date, contact Todd Jones at Todd Jones at (828) 733-2013 or firstname.lastname@example.org . If you reserve ahead of time, the Bride + Groom will receive free admission to the park. The other guests/vendors etc must pay for their entry. Typically if reserved early and you know your guest count at the time of reservation, the guests will receive a discounted rate.
If you’re uncertain about your guest count or not sure who all you’d like to attend, your people can always reserve regular priced tickets on their own time at https://grandfather.com/tickets/ . Due to COVID-19 ALL patrons of Grandfather Mountain must reserve a time online, so make sure to let any guests you may be included in your day know what to expect.
The rates (as of 2022) are:
$22 per adult Senior (age 60+): $20 Child (ages 4-12): $9
The entrance to Grandfather Mountain is located on U.S. 221, two miles north of Linville, North Carolina, and one mile south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 305. The street address is: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646 (click link for Google Maps). The GPS coordinates are 36.08502N, -81.84646W. The road to the summit is referred to as Grandfather Mountain Entrance Road, Linville, NC.
GPS are famously unreliable in the Blue Ridge Mountains, as they don’t account for switchbacks etc, so to be safe, head to the link which has written instructions on how to navigate to the entrance: https://grandfather.com/visit/plan-your-visit/getting-here/
There is very little to no service when you’re traveling to the park, so make sure any additional guests have a map or you all caravan together so they can find your ceremony spot.
The one major rule when it comes to eloping at Grandfather Mountain is: You can not reserve a specific spot in the park, nor can you interrupt the natural flow of traffic. (aka: no weddings in the middle of the road) Most people are kind enough to give you some space if you choose one of the more popular areas as your ceremony spot, but prepare yourself, especially in the fall, for there to be a few random people watching you say “I Do.”
Now you’ve got the ceremony details, but wait, I want to help you with the WHOLE thing friend, so here are a list of my local favorites to help round out the perfect elopement day.
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I hope this guide helps take a few things off of your plate! Make sure to check out the rest of my website to see if we’re a good fit for your elopement day!