Grandfather Mountain offers free admission to federal employees affected by shutdown

Grandfather Mountain

As the partial government shutdown continues, Grandfather Mountain announced on Tuesday they will offer complimentary admission to affected government employees.

Throughout the duration of the shutdown, affected federal employees and their guests (up to six total in the same vehicle) will receive free admission to Grandfather Mountain, with proof of federal employment, such as federal ID or a paystub.

“Being next-door neighbors with the Blue Ridge Parkway, we sympathize with the furloughed employees,” said Jesse Pope, executive director and president of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. “So, we wish to extend complimentary admission to the park through the duration of the shutdown to all affected federal employees, as a small token of our appreciation.”

Grandfather Mountain is open daily throughout winter, weather permitting. During the winter season, visitors are encouraged to call the Entrance Gate at (828) 733-4337 to confirm the day’s conditions.