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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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kingdport
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW 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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40 reviews 40 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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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

southaven, ms
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Have been going to Grandfather Mountain ever since I was a kid and still enjoy it. It seems as if every time you go up it's a different experience because of the weather. The hiking trails are great and the views are outstanding.

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

Thanks for making Grandfather Mountain a destination for so many years! Every visit holds something different, for sure. We hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

Greenville, South Carolina
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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Last week I took a day trip with my brother from Greenville SC to the mountains of North Carolina – at this time of year (early March) there is little foliage (excerpting evergreen) and not everything is open in that neck of the woods. Parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway are closed, as was the section that was to get... 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 and for taking the time to write such a thorough review! We're glad you enjoyed your time here and hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

Moscow, Russia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I didn't expect that it would be sooooooo fantastic!!! But be prepared when you go on top of the hill!

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

We're so happy you enjoyed your visit to Grandfather Mountain! Hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

Just a great adventure all around. Some of the animal enclosures were under construction when I was there and I always question that kind of thing but the hiking is incredible and the S(w)inging Bridge is amazing & was fogged in when I got there and clear later, making for intriguing photos. Some of the displays are worthwhile too, especially... 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 to Grandfather Mountain! Our otter habitat is currently closed for renovations, but our deer, eagles, cougars and bears are still available for viewing. For more information about the renovations, visit http://www.grandfather.com/grandfather-mountain-to-renovate-otter-habitat/ We hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

Raleigh
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56 reviews 56 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We enjoyed our first visit to Grandfather Mountain. We weren't sure what to expect when we decided to go but the views and walk across the 'Swinging Bridge' was well worth it! Only negatives were that the bear exhibit was hard to see that bears as they were resting at the very back of their sanctuary and $20 for adult... More

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

We're so glad you had a great time at Grandfather Mountain! Our black bears are prone to inactivity and long naps in the winter months, so they may not be as easy to see during this time. However, they often exit their dens on sunny, milder winter days. The Mountain had to raise its admission fee this year following the... More

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