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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 2013
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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We did both a behind the scenes with the animals and Grandfather Trail. Both were awesome. This is beyond a "hiking" trail. . .allow yourself the entire day. We had gone to Calloway Peak from the other side of the mountain--and this was in a completely different league. There were sheets of ice--at the end of April. While 2.4 miles... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

amazing view, forrest gump curve, split rock, blueridge parkway, this place has everything and definitely worth a visit. Just sit there and enjoying an amazing view.

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Charlotte North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We took our daughters for the day and they loved it. We enjoyed fudge and hot chocolate at the little place on the way up the mountain. A little pricey to go up, but other than that we had a great time.

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

My wife is not a mountain person but really was impressed by Grandfather Mountain. Got her to walk across the Mile High Bridge but she would go no further and would not go to the summit. Shame because she missed a beautiful view. The animal exhibits were less than inspiring. The trails were fun and keep you in shape. The... More

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Greer, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Grandfather Mountain has a day-full of activities. There is a lot of hiking in addition to many picnic sites. You will enjoy the views. A great pet-friendly place. The CD was a great touch that provided a more interactive experience as you drove between the sites within the park.

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

We're so glad you enjoyed your day at Grandfather Mountain! We hope to see you (and your pets!) again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

We came on april 13 2014. The drive up is nice, but we really should have drove past or even parked outside the actual park & hiked in. There was 2 of us and it cost $40! For what you see and do the price is ridiculus. I can't image having a family with children! So i suggest driving on... More

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

Thanks for visiting Grandfather Mountain. We are sorry you didn't consider the park worth the price. We believe that our admission price is a great deal considering everything that is included, including special programs and activities at no additional cost. Aside from the spectacular views, the Mile High Swinging Bridge, wildlife habitats, Nature Museum and exceptional hiking trails available year-round,... More

crown point, indiana
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

The other family we went with almost turned around when we got to the gate and found out how much we had to pay, as they were on a budget. However, they stayed, and I think we all enjoyed it. Our 4 kids absolutely loved it. The mild high bridge was AWESOME! Kids had a great time rock climbing. The... 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 often hear from people who are surprised by how much there is to see and do in the park, including crossing the iconic Mile High Swinging Bridge. Next time you visit, try the Woods Walk trail if you're looking for an easy jaunt. It's a 0.4 mile loop with gradual grades,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We are from Northwest Ohio which is flat. This was such a neat getaway with our kids who are 12 and 17. We saw a lot of smaller children but my kids liked the hiking.

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We like to think "kids" of all ages can find something they enjoy — even if it's just getting the perfect selfie on the Mile High Swinging Bridge. Hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

Viera, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The views on the other side of the swinging bridge are breathtaking. The final part of the road heading up up was a little nerve wrecking but we survived! Even more nerve wrecking on way down but it was well worth it. There were employees up by the swinging bridge to answer any questions. Visiting grandfather mountain was one of... More

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

We're honored you chose Grandfather Mountain and the High Country for your spring break! Hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The drive up and down is very intimidating if you're used to driving on flat land. The view was spectacular. We were able to see the peak of mount mitchell. The wind was very light that day. Friendly staff were actually on hand on both sides of swinging bridge answering any questions and even offering to to help families get... More

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

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

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