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Grandfather Mountain

Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Phone Number: 828-733-2013
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Linville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Mountains, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking, Leisure education
Owner description: Grandfather Mountain’s pristine scenery and sweeping vistas rejuvenate mind and spirit. At an...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Type: Natural History Museums, Mountains, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking, Leisure education
Owner description: 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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Morganton, North Carolina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

I have been going to Grandfather Mountain since I was a kid. Back when Mildred the Bear was alive and the old bridge really would swing hard in the wind. Today I still love to go see all the Bears and the Cubs. I had the privilege to meet Mr. Morton many years ago while I was looking at the... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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54 reviews 54 reviews
37 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

A must see attraction in the North Carolina High Country. It's almost an obligation to go the Grandfather Mountain. We had relatives in town - it was their choice to see Grandfather Mountain and walk on the swinging bridge. We were not disappointed in the panoramic 100 mile views or the mile high swinging bridge. The park, now a state... 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'm pleased you enjoyed the trip! I want to clarify that while much of the Grandfather Mountain backcountry is now owned by North Carolina as a state park, the portion you visited is owned and operated by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. You can feel doubly pleased that your admission helped to... More 

Morristown, Tennessee
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79 reviews 79 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Always drove by every time we were in the area...not today...decided we would make room in our schedule for a quick visit....place is amazing ..views are out of this world....swinging bridge nice added treat...will be back

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

We're so pleased you decided to stop by Grandfather Mountain this time! You picked a peaceful and serene time of year to visit. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

Huntsville, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We enjoyed our visit and would attend the games again. As for Grandfather Mountain, we did not visit any of the attractions as the entrance fee was to expensive for us; maybe we are cheap. I had been to the location 10+ years before and remembered the beautiful views, the swinging bridge and all the other attractions, so when my... More 

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

We're so pleased you enjoyed the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games! While the games are organized by a separate nonprofit organization, Grandfather Mountain is very happy to host the event here on our property at MacRae Meadows. I hope next time you will visit the park and see how things have changed in the last 10 years. Because Grandfather Mountain's Mile... More 

Shippensburg, PA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
41 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

My husband and I did a road trip through NC and TN. Were surprised to receive a CD with our admission to listen to while driving up the mountain. The animal habitats were a treat - especially the bears! Jerry was being very photogenic that day. Had lunch at the restaurant beside the gift shop - excellent chicken salad sandwich... 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! We're glad you enjoyed the free audio tour and the bear habitat. There's something especially delightful about watching the birds outside the Nature Museum. Hope you'll join us again soon. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

Nokomis, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

My husband and I visited North Carolina for a quick road trip. We made it a point to go to Grandfather Mountain and weren't disappointed! We are from FL so any mountain is impressive to us, but I mean how often do you get to walk across a mile high swinging bridge? Even the trip up the mountain was interesting...... More 

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

We're so glad you made Grandfather Mountain part of your North Carolina trip! Hope you'll come back again soon. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

Columbia, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Wow....what breathtaking views. My family and I planned a cabin trip and visiting Grandfather Mountain was supposed to be just to pass time until it was time to ski. I am so happy that we decided to "waste time" at Grandfather Mountain. It was GORGEOUS...after walking the suspension bridge, you can hike to the top of the mountain. I saw... More 

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! Of course, we're a little biased, but we think a visit to this mountain pairs very nicely with a trip to the ski slopes! Hope you'll come again. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

Deltona, Florida
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87 reviews 87 reviews
35 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

My wife and I lived in North Carolina for years and never went out "West", glad we did. This was truly a place to view the world, looking down from the mile high bridge, or walking over the rocks. The view was picture perfect an unobstructed. Truly God's Country/Carolina Blue. This was truly a learning adventure for me. I found... More 

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

Thank you for letting us expose you to Western North Carolina! We're so glad you enjoyed Grandfather Mountain. I need to clarify that while some of our animal residents have suffered injuries in the wild and have been rehabilitated, they cannot be released back into the wild. Grandfather Mountain will be the forever home of each of these creatures, so... More 

Hendersonville, North Carolina, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This is a great place during the fall when the leaves are turning. The staff is very helpful, the views are terrific, and they have a little zoo to entertain the kids. Look around for discounts for the family or group, or call ahead to see if they have any promotions. In addition to the views and a "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! These are great tips for visitors; we couldn't agree more! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

My 2 friends and I drove to Boone on a whim and decided to hike Grandfather mountain as a birthday retreat/getaway. What an experience we had! We parked at the trailhead on 105 to enter into Profile Trail. This trail is beautiful with breathtaking views. I highly recommend getting a pair of gropped shoes or hiking shoes/boots. The last mile... More 

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

We're glad you enjoyed hiking Grandfather Mountain! The Profile Trail is a true gem. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

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