As winter weather buffets the East Coast, Grandfather Mountain received some four inches of fresh snow, with temperatures in the low 20s at the Mile High Swinging Bridge. As the park's maintenance crew works to clear the snow, some of the mountain's furrier denizens have something else in mind.
Grandfather's resident elk — Doc, Merle and Watson — enjoy the brisk weather and can be seen playing in the powder in their environmental wildlife habitat. To learn more about Grandfather Mountain or plan a trip, visit grandfather.com. Photos by Andrew Grindstaff and Tommy Oakley | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
Grandfather Mountain workers John Church, Gideon Hughes, Matt Lewis, Tom Vance and Ethan Woodie clear the swinging bridge. Video provided by Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation