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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: Natural History Museums, Mountains, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking, Leisure education
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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.
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Hendersonville, North Carolina, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

This is a great place during the fall when the leaves are turning. The staff is very helpful, the views are terrific, and they have a little zoo to entertain the kids. Look around for discounts for the family or group, or call ahead to see if they have any promotions. In addition to the views and a "swinging bridge"... More

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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

My 2 friends and I drove to Boone on a whim and decided to hike Grandfather mountain as a birthday retreat/getaway. What an experience we had! We parked at the trailhead on 105 to enter into Profile Trail. This trail is beautiful with breathtaking views. I highly recommend getting a pair of gropped shoes or hiking shoes/boots. The last mile... More

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

We're glad you enjoyed hiking Grandfather Mountain! The Profile Trail is a true gem. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More

Milledgeville, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We love Grandfather Mountain during "peak season" when the leaves are brilliant shades of red, yellow, orange,etc.There are various mountain trails ranging from those which are relatively easy to walk and paths that are designed for skilled hikers. There is a zoo featuring bears, otters, deer, and a bald eagle. The 2 gift shops offer a variety of souvenirs. There... More

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! Fall is one of our most popular times to visit, for obvious reasons! Glad you enjoyed the changing leaves. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More

Sunrise, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Beautiful views from the mile high bridge. They aren't overreacting when they say the strenuous trails are strenuous. Proceed with caution!

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! Hope you'll come again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More

Liberty, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Took a day trip up to the top of Grandfather Mountain last weekend and loved it there. The leaves were still hanging on and you could see the color contrasts on the drive but best from the top of the mountain. Winds were 65 mph and the temperature was the same as Newfoundland! Looked at the Swinging Bridge but didn't... More

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

Thanks for visiting Grandfather Mountain! I hope you'll come back again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More

Java, Virginia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The price to enter the attraction is 20, but with it includes access to the 'mile high swinging bridge', easy access to the profile trails, a fudge shop, restaurant, two gift shops, and a nature center with wildlife exhibits (they have black bears, mountain lion and deer among species on exhibit). They even give you an interpretive CD that narrates... More

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We are very privileged to have some of the best hiking trails in the South here. Any hikers interested in visiting can peruse our website or give us a call for recommendations! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More

Avon, Indiana
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Glad to have experienced such a beautiful place. We hiked the little trail up to the bridge. I highly recommend that trail. It is like walking a bunch of rock steps through the whole trail, but also well worth it!

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! The Bridge Trail is one of our most popular trails and provides a really neat vantage point of the Mile High Swinging Bridge from below. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More

Bonita Springs, Fl
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a lovely National Park... with expansive views of the Blue /ridge Mountains. We visited in the Fall and so were able to view all the Fall colors in the vegetation. They closed the upper reaches of the park the day we were there due to very high winds.... there is a "Swinging Bridge" at the top - more... More

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! I hate that you couldn't visit the bridge due to high winds, but I hope you'll come back again to enjoy that part of the experience! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More

Elgin, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We really liked the fact that we had a cd to follow on our way up the mountain. It was rainy and windy when we were there so the cd talked us thru as our guide without having to get out of the car.

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! I hope you'll come see us again soon - hopefully on a clearer day! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More

Pinehurst, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We really didn't have enough time as a rain storm was rolling across the mountains (fun to watch), but Grandfather is a special place. It's not just the swinging bridge, although that is a highlight, but it is a large park with lots of room to picnic or just enjoy the vistas. The visitor's center is modern with an elevator... 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 the experience. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More

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