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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Parking

Parking is limited at the Games and varies from event to event. The following is a detailed summary of the parking status for each day and event.

On Thursday evening, general public parking is available on MacRae Meadows. There are special parking privileges for Chieftain Patrons but not for Highlander Patrons, Clansman Patrons or sponsors on Thursday evening. If the parking lots fill up on the meadow shuttle service will be provided.

Friday Day - General public parking is available on MacRae Meadows. There are special parking privileges for Chieftain Patrons but not for Highlander Patrons, Clansman Patrons or sponsors on Friday. If the parking lots fill up on the meadow shuttle service will be provided by Crossnore Volunteer Fire Department from Avery County High School.

Friday Night - General public parking is available on MacRae Meadows. There are special parking privileges for Chieftain Patrons but not for Highlander Patrons, Clansman Patrons or sponsors on Friday evening. If the parking lots fill up on the meadow shuttle service will be provided.

Saturday - No public parking is available on the Meadow. Parking is reserved for Sponsors, Chieftain Patrons, Highlander Patrons, Clanman Patrons and participants. Public parking is available at 3 locations:

  1. Caldwell Community College, Boone, NC
  2. Linville Parking Lot, Linville, NC
  3. Avery Co. High School, Newland, NC

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games does not set the prices for the shuttle bus service. The prices are set by the groups providing the service. All funds from the shuttle service go to the groups providing the service.

Shuttle service at the Caldwell Community College in Boone is provided by Appalcart on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The shuttle fee is $10 per person round-trip. The approximate ride time is 30 minutes. This lot is perfect for those people staying in Boone or Blowing Rock or people arriving in the area using Hwy. 421 or 321. Avoid the traffic and congestion in the Linville area on Hwy. 105 by using this parking and shuttle service. We highly recommend the Boone service. This service is free all 3 days with a 4-day advance ticket to the Games.

Shuttle service from Avery High School begins at 7:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday mornings. Shuttle fees are $5 per person round-trip (subject to change). Avery High School Shuttle service is perfect for those approaching Grandfather from Tennessee on 194 or US Highway 221 North. This service is free all 3 days with a 4-day advance ticket to the Games.

The Linville shuttle service is located behind the post office in Linville. The entrance to the lot is located on Hwy 105. Service begins at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Shuttle fees are $5 per person round-trip (subject to change). This service is free all 3 days with a 4-day advance ticket to the Games.

Saturday Night Concert in Chief's Tent-General public parking is available on a first come first serve basis. On Saturday evening the general public should shuttle off the mountain by 5:30 and then drive back. There are special parking privileges for Chieftain patrons but not for Highlander Patrons, Clansman Patrons or sponsors on Saturday evening.

Sunday parking arrangements and shuttle services are identical to Saturday day parking except the Avery County High School lot is not used on Sunday.