For more than half a century, Grandfather Mountain has celebrated the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, and the tradition continues Saturday, September 18, as the nature park hosts its annual Girl Scout Day.

On Girl Scout Day, all Girl Scouts in uniform and their troop leaders are admitted to Grandfather Mountain for free, while discounted admission is available for family members joining them.

Activities include nature hikes, an interactive “Animal CSI” exercise, weather exploration, a keynote speaker presentation, habitats tours and more.

Reservations are not required for Girl Scouts, troop leaders and accompanying family members.

For more information call the Grandfather Mountain Naturalist Office at (828) 733-4326, or visit