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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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Florida, USA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

There is a rather pricey entry fee to Grandfather Mountain. I felt it was done well as you receive a cd to listen to on your drive up the mountain. We stopped at the museum, saw the short movie, walked through the exhibits in the museum and had lunch in the cafeteria. There is a zoo for close up viewing.... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The top of Grandfather Mountain, which is easily reached by car and a short walk, is one mile high with a spectacular panoramic view. There are trails as well, some extending into the adjacent Grandfather Mountain State Park. There is a nature museum that's worth a stop, and an area where wildlife, including bears, can be viewed in natural settings.

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

Hi Barb, Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We hope you'll come back again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

Charlotte, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

If you are near Linville and looking for something fun to do with your kids, this place is great. They have several animal exhibits as well as fun hiking trails and the crown jewel - the mile high swinging bridge. Amazing views. I don't give five stars because of the expense, but that might be what they need to charge... More

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We hope you'll return soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

Perth, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Considering you can get a car load of friends into any of the National Parks for a grand total of $20 it was a bit much for travelers like us on a tight budget to justify $20 each - but we bought tickets anyway and drove up the mountain. The audio CD was good quality and the view once you... More

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain and taking the time to share your thoughts! Keep in mind that unlike the National Parks, Grandfather Mountain is not taxpayer-funded, so we must rely upon our ticket sales, gift shops and concessions to operate the park. We consider the admission rate a good value for guests who take advantage of everything there is... More

Evans, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Went up for a day trip on the bike, great place for the family There's several trails to hike for the family and for the advanced hikers. The park has many places for children there's a wild life park and two gift shops, just be very mindful when walking the mile bridge at the end you can walk out on... More

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! Your advice about the winds is wise - we do our best to warn guests when the winds are strong at the top, but it can still catch some folks by surprise. We hope you'll visit again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

VA, USA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We stopped at the office at the entrance and had Tommy (employee) look on his radar to see what the weather was up to. It was clear at the entrance, but we could see thick clouds at higher elevations. Based on Tommy's advice, we decided to buy our tickets and give it a go. We had a discount coupon for... More

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain, and for taking the time to write an entertaining review! We pride ourselves on making guests feel at least "three years younger." Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

Jackson, Missouri
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Worth the drive from Blue Ridge Parkway, worth the entrance price. Great views from everywhere at the top, awesome swinging bridge - one mile up!

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

Thank you for visiting! We hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

Key Largo, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We were there at the HEIGHT of the fall colors and are SO glad we took the time out to make the drive up to Grandfather Mountain. It is well worth the entry fee and the time it takes you off the road. The views / scenery were absolutely spectacular - all the way from bottom to top. Don't miss... More

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

Thank you for visiting! We are eagerly anticipating this year's fall colors - we'd love to see you here on the Mountain again! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

Saint Charles, Illinois
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A little pricey, but if you are a senior there is a discount. Nice trip to the top with excellent views. We did not plan on going, but happy we did.

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

Burton on Trent
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Dislikes - none! Likes - loads. Location; scenery; animals (bears; cougars; otters and deer); mile high bridge; walking trails; fresh, fresh air. Can I go again soon please?

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

Thank you for visiting! We hope to see you at Grandfather Mountain again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

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