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Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Phone Number: 828-733-2013
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Grandfather Mountain’s pristine scenery and sweeping vistas rejuvenate mind...

Grandfather Mountain’s pristine scenery and sweeping vistas rejuvenate mind and spirit. At an elevation of 5,946 feet, Grandfather is recognized as one of the world’s most diverse nature preserves. Be exhilarated by the altitude and panoramic views from the Mile High Swinging Bridge; stand eye-to-eye with bears, cougars and otters in natural habitats. Dine in the restaurant or find a scenic picnic spot, browse the nature museum, wander the trails, go behind the scenes of the animal habitats, visit with knowledgeable naturalists, and stop for a treat at the fudge shop. Fill your day with family memories at place where wonders never cease.

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Picnic

My daughter and I like to go and have a picnic and see,the animals. Very nice place to visit. But be aware. High elevation and usually pretty windy.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
shannon s
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Linville, North Carolina
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Linville, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My daughter and I like to go and have a picnic and see,the animals. Very nice place to visit. But be aware. High elevation and usually pretty windy.

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North Carolina
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115 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great for families. Youngsters and older folks can easily participate as long as they mind their step. Quiet, nature infused couple of hours. Unfortunately hurting for decent hotels and food in the area.

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Baton Rouge,Louisiana
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272 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We decided to visit! The entrance fee includes a CD audio tour guide which was very useful for interesting facts about the mountain and all there is to do! We visited the nature center and museum and toured those including seeing the eagles,bears and doing the cougar encounter (all very nice for wildlife either still in the area or once... More 

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Canton, Georgia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

so worth the money!! Very beautiful views!! I can't wait to go back in the spring and possibly the fall! :)

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Frank R, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind review! You're right about the views. Although they're ancient, they never grow old. Thanks again, and see you next time. Sincerely, Frank Ruggiero Director of Marketing & Communications Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation More 

Surf City, North Carolina
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277 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have one of those homes in the area above and wondered what Mtn top you were viewing this is it. Another must plan on visiting area if you have moved and dont know what to put on the bucket list.For those who are some what faint at heart for adventure- the Swinging bridge every one tells you to... More 

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Frank R, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! I'm glad to hear you and your family had such a nice visit. Hopefully, you'll make it across the bridge one of these days! Sincerely, Frank Ruggiero Director of Marketing & Communications Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation More 

Fort Myers, Florida
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had not planned on going here but our cabin was not ready. We had a few hours to burn so we decided to check the mountain out. I wish we planned more time here. It was soooooo beautiful. We loved every minute of it. We did a short hike but I plan on coming back next year when we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While a little cold in January, visiting this area was spectacular. The drive up the mountain to the top with the provided CD tells the story of many of the sighs along the way. At the top the views from the mile high bridge are absolutely breathtaking. A must do in the area.

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Atascadero, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wasn't a good day to go but the only one we had, still was fun to walk out on the bridge and venture to the rocks on the far side. You could hear the wind roar across the gorge and sing on the cables holding the bridge. Gift shop museum were ok. Saw Mildred the Bear stuffed . Had seen... More 

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Frank R, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this review

Thanks for making the trip, even in less than stellar weather conditions. That said, even foggy, windy days are memorable on Grandfather Mountain, and I'm glad you were able to appreciate it. I'm also glad you were able to get "reacquainted" with Mildred, although I assume you're referring to the bronze statue and cartoon plush in the Nature Museum and... More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My experience this time was NOT that good... My sister, husband and son came to visit for Christmas from Florida. Me and my wife planed to take them to the Grandfather Mountain where our family has been in three occasions. January first we left from Raleigh, drove around three hours and half; when we got there we proceed to go... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great trip to the mountain because it was so clear. Lots of places to have a great picnic and recommend you bring something in with you to do this. If it is a busy holiday weekend, be sure to get there before 11am. We got there right at 11 and when we left at 2 if was... More 

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Frank R, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this review

Thanks for writing, and thank you, too, for your patience. We've been experiencing an unseasonably warm winter (although that's not quite the case today), meaning many people vacationing to ski have not been able to do so. As such, they've been visiting Grandfather Mountain instead, causing a spike in traffic and attendance. I hope the wait was worth your while,... More 

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