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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, Nature & Parks, Museums
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 young children, Activities for older children
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Type: Natural History Museums, Mountains, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, 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 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

When you consider the vastness of the park, and the fact that there is a small zoo at the top as well as the Mile High Bridge, the $20 fee per person is well with it. Although it was bitterly cold (went in jan.) it was a highlight of the trip.

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

Thank you for braving the bitter cold to visit us! Winter brings a completely different appearance to Grandfather Mountain! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

Greensboro, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

State parks should be cheaper but overall we enjoyed it all. The zoo is a nice way to spend time as well as the picnic areas (we packed a lunch). Start at the top and make your way back down. The bridge is exceptional! It was really windy up there but the experience and views were worth the small hike.

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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 pleased you enjoyed the picnic areas and beautiful views. I want to clarify that while part of the mountain's backcountry is now owned by the state as Grandfather Mountain State Park (and free to visit!), the part you visited is owned and managed by a nonprofit organization, Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. Proceeds... More 

DeBary, Florida, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

My wife and i took our boys (11 &14) to Grandfather Mountain for the day. It seemed a bit pricey at $20 per adult and $9 for kids up to 12, but it ended up being well worth it. We went on New Years Day 2015 so it was chilly and windy. When we arrived we were given a CD... More 

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

Thanks for bringing your family to Grandfather Mountain! What a great way to spend the first day of the year! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

New Orleans, Louisiana
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17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I climbed the Grandfather Mountain trail and went to the Mile-High Bridge. It was pretty crowded at the bridge; kids, strollers, people afraid of heights (why are you here, then??), etc. BUT, once you start hiking the trail, it's people who love hiking and the outdoors. We went 6 miles round-trip (we started too late to do more) and it... 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 pleased you enjoyed hiking the Grandfather Trail. Our trails department added an additional ladder to the trail since you were here, so you'll have to come back to hike it again sometime. Regarding the park admission, I'm sorry you found the price a little high. We are a nonprofit park, so your... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Swing bridge was one of a kind experience. My kid loved the zoo. The scene is beautiful. Mountains and greenery is spectacular.

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

Thank you for supporting Grandfather Mountain! We're glad you enjoyed the visit — we'll see you again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

10 minutes into our journey up the mountain I was huffing and puffing and I'm relatively fit for a 22 year old. The scenery is breathtaking and the clean air is refreshing, when you get to the top you will be thankful to yourself. Its a difficult climb once your halfway up the terrrain become more rocky and I recommend... More 

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

Thanks, Katie, for visiting Grandfather Mountain! I'm so glad you enjoyed the hiking trails and hope you'll come back again to try another — the mountain has about 12 miles of trails. Only 30 minutes from Grandfather, Boone is a great place to refuel and explore, too! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

Fayetteville, North Carolina
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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Enjoyed Grandfather mountain and wished we had more than a day to spend there. Hiking was great.Views spectacular. We are not fans of animals in captivity but were thrilled to view the excellent condition of the animals at this facility who are not able to fend for themselves in the wild anyhow. The park attendant s and rangers were so... More 

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

Thank you for visiting! We're so happy you enjoyed the park and very pleased that you enjoyed speaking with our staff. We do our best to provide excellent care for the animals in our habitats, many of whom have been injured or born in captivity and are unable to be released into the wild. Hope you'll visit Grandfather Mountain again... More 

Roswell Ga
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63 reviews 63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Just FYI, We got so discourged to even enter the park because it was a really cloudy, rainy day but the charge per person was $20.00 (or close to it) Normally we would have paid for the whole experience but it seems like a lot of money when you have 6 people paying and you won't get the view. So... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I certainly understand your reluctance to visit on a rainy day, but I hope you will come back another time. The long-range views from the Mile High Swinging Bridge just can't be beat, and I think you'll find that the admission price is a good value when you can fully experience everything that park... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The view was incredible. I love the experience in nature. My family really enjoy the adventures. They have a small zoo. But the best of all was the view of the mountains. Walking in the swing bridge was an experience that I never had. I definitely will be back soon.

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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 views and hope you'll come back again soon. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

Miami, Florida
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We went out there despite the foggy weather. The animals were in the habitats (except the bear) so the kids got to see some of them. Staff at park and pavilions are very friendly. We did the short hike up to the bridge. We walked with small children and although it was wet, if you walk slowly and carefully, the... 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 pleased you enjoyed the trip despite the fog. Unfortunately, our bears prefer to hole up in their dens throughout winter, but they sometimes pop out for a snack on warm, sunny days in the winter. Hope you can join us again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

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