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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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NC
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Raining but still really liked the trip. There are enrichment times with each of the animal enclosures and that was very interesting. Lots of great hiking and picnic areas. Great to pack a lunch and eat there in one of the areas. Also a fudge and ice cream shop on site as well as a place to get lunch. Typical... More

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We look forward to seeing you again! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

Raleigh, North Carolina
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59 reviews 59 reviews
58 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I spent a few hours hiking in the park with my young son and we had a lot of fun. To help keep my son engaged and entertained during our hike, I found an interesting iPhone app called "Git Your Goat." It lets you create a lot of goats along the trail and when you reach the spot with a... More

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! What a neat app to keep your son involved in the hike! Technology and nature can go hand-in-hand sometimes! Kids usually also enjoy completing the Junior Ranger Booklet found at the entrance to the Animal Habitats. Kids who successfully complete the booklet can be sworn in as an official Grandfather Mountain Junior Ranger at... More

Pembroke Pines, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Grandfather Mountain turned out to be one of the highlights of our visit to the Boone area. The entrance price may seem steep but if you take advantage of all that this spot hast offer, you will have a great day. We visited the animal enrichments which were well done. We also crossed the mile high, swinging, singing bridge. The... 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 Boone trip! We do think the admission price is a good value for those who take advantage of everything there is to see and do here. And yes, the views from the peak are definitely worth the trip for those who have the time. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist... More

Boca Raton
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

From an easy walk to the mile high swinging bridge to challenging hikes across peaks, Grandfather Mountain is a uniquely beautiful place.

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We're glad you visited Grandfather Mountain and we hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

At 1 mile high the view over the Appalachians is breathtaking. For the fearless there is the suspension bridge to get to the edge overlooking the Blue Ridge Parkway. The ride up is winding with Look outs and picnic facilities at many lovely spots. There is a wildlife area with Bears, deer, Cougars and Otters amongst others. Guided tours are... More

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We're glad you enjoyed the trip! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

NC
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84 reviews 84 reviews
34 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

My family and I recently visited Grandfather mountain to hike and we were impressed! The trails on Grandfather are by far the best trails we have done on the East Coast! Very strenuous and technical as most contain ropes, ladders, bouldering and more. Most can be done in 5 or so hours with breaks/photo opps. We also really enjoyed walking... 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 are very proud of our hiking trails and are glad you enjoyed the challenge! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

The Villages, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Since my husband and I had traveled and seen much of the parkway prior to going to Grandfather, we probably could have skipped this, as it is expensive. However, if you are only in the area for a short time, it is great to get your fill of awe. Nice little museum and zoo area, and, yes, indulge in a... More

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We're glad you took the time to enjoy a picnic and try out the Bridge Trail. I hope you saw a few things here that you wouldn't have seen on the Blue Ridge Parkway! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

If you want a picturesque drive thru beautiful mountains that ends a mile above sea level this is a great pick. It cost $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, ? $8 for kids, also there is a AAA and Military discount. This includes a very informative CD that narrates the drive up to the top. There are numerous places to... More

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

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write a review! We're glad you enjoyed your trip! One clarification regarding the price: Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors (60+), $9 for children 4-12, and children under 4 are free. We do offer a military and AAA discounts. We hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short... More

Tennessee, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We didn't mind the entrance fee after we spent 3 hours exploring the mountain. Our 9 year old boy loved the animals and climbing on the huge boulders at the peak. The suspended bridge was fun and the cool breeze was delightful in July. Clouds rolled in, but they also rolled out quickly as we sat on the rocks taking... More

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

Thank you for visiting! We're glad you enjoyed the trip to Grandfather Mountain. It sounds like you got a little taste of our ever-changing weather! We hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

Richmond, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We were here on July 5 and did not have the whole day to spend. We hiked a little, went to the swinging bridge...fabulous views from here, a must do. Then we visited the wildlife habitat area and had lunch in the cafe. Lunch was great. Definitely would like to go back some day and spend a whole day here,... More

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Thanks for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We're glad you enjoyed your visit. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

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