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Grandfather Mountain

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Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Phone Number: 828-733-2013
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking, Leisure education
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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This place was great for hiking... but the people?

Overall we loved the time we spent on Grandfather Mountain... once we got out on the longer trails. The terrain was a great challenge especially for those of us that grew up on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
Kyle J
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Overall we loved the time we spent on Grandfather Mountain... once we got out on the longer trails. The terrain was a great challenge especially for those of us that grew up on flat land. We found the staff to be very accommodating. The only reason we cannot give this a five is because of the bridge tourist attraction at... More 

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

From the free CD guide at entrance providing a guided tour to the spectacular views from every turn, this adventure should appeal to everyone. Our dog even received biscuits from Grandfather Mountain Mile Hile Club and he crossed the suspension bridge as well. Favorite destination during all seasons.

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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The view is absolutely amazing, and the bridge was alot of fun. We were a little disappointed with the wildlife habitat due to the fact that none of the animals wanted to be seen.

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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 visit. I'm sorry you missed some of our habitat animals. Just like their counterparts in the wild, our animals sometimes prefer solitude and quiet out of the public eye. We encourage our guests to stop by our Animal Encounters, held daily between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (and... More 

Memphis, Tennessee
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Great value the cd they give you really explains the drive up, it was to windy to go to the top but the animal sanctuary was very good and the staff were very informative.

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We love sharing this special place with our guests! Sincerely, Kellen Short Director of Marketing & Communications Grandfather Mountain More 

Linville, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Grandfather Mountain is one-of-a-kind! What a unique, special wilderness treasure for all to enjoy year round. You can drive up the 2-mile road and enjoy overlooks, picnic spots, easy walking trails, the nature museum and zoo and, at the top of the drive, the mile-high swinging bridge. Or you can put on your hiking boots and backpack and hike some... More 

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain, and thank you for the wonderful review! We're so glad to be #1 on your list! Great words of advice about the hiking trails. We definitely recommend boots or sturdy shoes for walkers and hikers. And we're happy to recommend some easier trails for those who have young children or just prefer a gentler... More 

Coalville, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Would definitely recommend taking the time to go up this mountain. The animal habitat was good and the bears were posing for some great photos! Getting upto the top was fab and the swinging bridge was worth the fantastic panoramic views.

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

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for visiting Grandfather Mountain! So glad you got to see the bears posing for you. I hope you'll visit us again soon. Sincerely, Kellen Short Grandfather Mountain More 

Tampa, FL
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This year (2015) was the second time my wife and I visited Grandfather Mountain. For anyone coming to this mountain, be sure to bring a camera and binoculars! The summit is accessible by car, so even the most unfit traveler can still experience the thrill of being one mile high! If you are so inclined, bring good hiking shoes as... More 

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Grandfather Mountain More 

Charlotte
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We drove up to Grandfather mountain for a day trip and it was completely worth it! We loved the views, loved the wildlife in the small zoo and loved the onsite museum. Our kids are 6 and 9 and they had a great time. It was windy, but the bridge didn't swing...thankfully!! We will definitely go back!

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

Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to share your experience! We hope you'll be back again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Grandfather Mountain More 

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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

it was a fun drive up the mountain. About half way there is a restuarant, gift shop and a viewing of several animals you would see on the mountain. There was a guide to give details about the animals. Then we went up to the peak where the swinging bridge was located. It was foggy, so quite adventurous..

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

Thank you for visiting! I'm glad you enjoyed Grandfather Mountain! Sincerely, Kellen Short Grandfather Mountain More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Went the in the summer it nice not real hot. The views were great and animals were nice at the zoo... You have to go all the way to the TOP IT WAS GREAT.

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

Thanks for visiting Grandfather Mountain! So glad you enjoyed the visit. You may be surprised to hear that we've never measured temperatures above 83 degrees at the Mile High Swinging Bridge - it's a great place to escape the summer heat! Sincerely, Kellen Short Grandfather Mountain More 

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