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Grandfather Mountain

2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
828-733-2013
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Linville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Natural History Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Columbus, Ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The first time I've used the word "Majestic" without it being part of a song. At 6am from the top of the mountain, the sunrise was pink and the other mountains had hazy fog on them. It was really something. We rented a vacation home for a week and the whole family enjoyed it.

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Catonsville, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Be wary that in order to swing from the mile-high bridge you will have to pay $20 per person. Not a good place to go when you're on a budget. However, I enjoyed the bridge and the views; it was too cold to do any of the walking trails. The museum has a well-done display and the small petting zoo... More

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Saint Simons Island, Georgia, Usa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

All of you review feedback addresses only the positive things folks are saying. However, many also complain about the price. The entry to the park can easily exceed $100 for a family of 5 with non qualifying teens and the gift shop is priced well over any other retail outlet on the mountain. Yes, the park is fine and the... More

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

Thanks for visiting Grandfather Mountain. I'm happy to respond to your concerns about admission prices. Our adult ticket prices did increase by $2 at the start of 2014 in response to a change in state law that requires us to collect state and local sales tax on admission tickets, something from which we were previously exempt. This is the same... More

Aiken, South Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

If you like views or mile high swinging bridges then go!!! I use to live at the foot of this awesome mountain. Yes it's very windy up there & how many times can you say; I was on a Mile High Swinging Bridge? You can also drive a golf ball off this mountain & certain times of the year hang... 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 yourself! Some pretty phenomenal athletes shot golf balls or whacked baseballs off the mountain in its earlier days, including Billy Joe Patton, along with Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams. You're also right that hang gliders flew from Grandfather Mountain for many years in the 70s and 80s, but that... More

Raleigh, North Carolina
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161 reviews 161 reviews
45 attraction reviews
228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Who would have thought? The ticket price for two is about $50. for seniors so it would be nice to know BEFORE paying that the gates to the mile high bridge might be closed in windy conditions. I walked through the animal display and saw a handicapped eagle and a few deer like the ones in my backyard at home.... More

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain. I need to clarify that admission is $18 for adults over 60, and you won't encounter additional charges for parking or hiking. I apologize for the confusion about the Mile High Swinging Bridge access. We do let all of our guests know at the ticket booth anytime the bridge is temporarily closed due to... More

Cornelius, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

When we arrived it was a bit windy so the upper trails (to include the swinging bridge) were closed. If you arrive in the morning before 11 am quite often this happens. We spent time at the nature museum (very well done) and the animal exhibits. By the time we were done the upper trails were open. The swinging bridge... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

I was a bit concerned that this was going to be a tourist trap, but it is very well done. The cd they give you when you enter gives lots of info as you drive up the mountain. The bridge and view at the top are spectacular! Beautiful wildflowers too. The animal reserve is great for the kids too! Feelings... More

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! So glad you enjoyed yourself. We hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

Plainfield, Illinois
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We took our family of four here this summer. For the same price we were able to go to the Columbus zoo which has a lot more animals. I am not sure why the ticket prices need to be that high. Yes, it is beautiful and it does have great views. You are near the blue ridge parkway which has... 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 sorry you didn't find the admission in line with your experience here. I will certainly share your thoughts with our leadership. We believe the ticket prices are a good value considering all there is to see and do at Grandfather, including crossing the Mile High Swinging Bridge, viewing the scenery, visiting the animal... More

Norfolk, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Breath taking view! Oh my geeh! We loved the view and the hike! This is where my boyfie proposed to me! It was really beautiful and I was super duper surprised! Im glad I didnt fall! Haha! Anyway, this is a really great experience!

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain, and congratulations on your engagement! We hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

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18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Try to pick a clear day to get the best from the wonderful views. Take a picnic or even camp to spend more time in the special surroundings.

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! So glad you enjoyed the spectacular views! I should clarify: We do not allow camping within the Grandfather Mountain attraction except for a few special events each year. However, hikers will enjoy the backcountry campsites in neighboring Grandfather Mountain State Park, and there are other excellent camping options within a quick drive of the... More

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