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Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Phone Number: 828-733-2013
Activities: Hiking, Leisure education, Picnicking
Description: Grandfather Mountain’s pristine scenery and sweeping vistas rejuvenate...
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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Had a great time at Grandfather Mountian. We'll maintained and nice area for picnics. The views were amazing. Bridge is awsome. Great place to stay for a couple of hours. Explore... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Had a great time at Grandfather Mountian. We'll maintained and nice area for picnics. The views were amazing. Bridge is awsome. Great place to stay for a couple of hours. Explore. Nature at its finest. Picturesque. The nature habitat were ok. Children would be more interested in that experience. Groupon also had a value deal on tickets to Grandfather mountain.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We weren't sure what to expect when we headed to Grandfather Mountain during our visit to Banner Elk, NC. We had a 7 month old in tow so we figured we wouldn't be doing much hiking. But we enjoyed an audio tour on the drive up the mountain, as well as a stop in the nature museum, animal habitats and... More 

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Kellen S, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting Grandfather Mountain! I hope this is the first of many trips to the mountain for your little one. Sincerely, Kellen Short Director of Marketing & Communications More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Great day. Great weather. Don't miss the bear encounter. Swinging bridge not that scary, take the walk and climb to the top.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I have a yearly membership to the Biltmore in Asheville which entitles me a $2 discount for each person in my party, which was nice. I did not like the animal enclosures. I am not environmentist or anything but the bear looked kind of depressed. Its sort of hard to believe that the animals chose this life stuck in an... More 

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Kellen S, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain. I'm glad you enjoyed the trip! I want to clarify that while our animals are in captivity, our staff strives to provide the best and most natural conditions possible for their lives. Many of our animal residents were injured or orphaned or born in captivity, and therefore cannot be released into the wild. Their... More 

Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I came across this place by accident, looking for places to visit while we were in the Asheville area. I discovered that this spot had a good trailhead for a highly rated hike. The swinging bridge and animal exhibits were just "sideshows" for me. I did the hike to Calloway Peak (around 5 miles RT and 1800ft total gain using... More 

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Kellen S, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! I'm so glad you enjoyed the hiking and animal habitats. We appreciate you sharing your thoughts with future visitors! Sincerely, Kellen Short Director of Marketing & Communications More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

you will love it here the views are awesome great hiking and also great people its amazing here and breath taking !

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Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We're glad you enjoyed the experience! Sincerely, Kellen Short Director of Marketing & Communications More 

Collings Lakes, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

First visited in 1978 enjoyed the view so wanted to return, the changes made to the attraction are fantastic! You are given a CD to listen on your way up the mountain which is vey informative. There are animal exhibits, nature museums picnic area,and hiking trails and gift shop in addition to the main attraction, the Mile high swinging bridge!... More 

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Kellen S, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We're so glad you enjoyed the experience and hope you'll come back again soon. Sincerely, Kellen Short Director of Marketing & Communications More 

Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It's well worth the admission to see the natural flora and fauna and to see nature almost undisturbed. I think there are @ 70 micro climates, each with visible differences. If I were a bit younger, hiking the trails would be a real treat.

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Kellen S, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We are also home to at least 73 rare or endangered plants and animals, so this is a phenomenal place! Sincerely, Kellen Short Director of Marketing & Communications More 

Leoma, Tennessee, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This was our first visit to Grandfather Mountain. We were on a little weekend getaway with some friend to celebrate my husband's birthday. First of all, the view of the mountain driving up is spectacular. The cd is really interesting for the drive up. We first stopped at the swinging bridge. This was great. I was so nervous being that... More 

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Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We hope this will be the first of many visits. Sincerely, Kellen Short Director of Marketing & Communications More 

Breckenridge, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

We spent a beautiful day here. We visited the museum, animal encounter, bought the best fudge we have ever eaten (coconut chocolate), walked trails, the swinging bridge, gift shop and had a picnic ar the picnic tables of the hardwood trail then walked that trail also. The view is beautiful so pack a lunch and spend the day enjoying God's... More 

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Kellen S, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this review

Best fudge ever!? That's a huge compliment! Thanks for visiting Grandfather Mountain, and we hope you'll return again soon. Sincerely, Kellen Short Director of Marketing & Communications More 

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