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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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This mountain and the amazing bridge (a mile high) is a wonderful place to view nature at its best. There is usually a difference of at least 20 degrees between the temperature at the bottom and the top. Colors of greenery are beautiful and you feel as if you are on top of the world. We enjoyed ice cream at... More

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Cornelius, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Admittedly I’m a mountain person over sand and beach so Grandfather Mountain and it’s view are absolutely worth the price of admission. I only wish they would let you stay till past sunset or before sunrise…I could only image the view. Truly amazing to experience the 20+ degree drop in temperature from the ‘bottom’ to the top.

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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 trip! We do offer special sunrise/sunset sessions each fall for those who want to experience the mountain after hours! Anyone interested in registering for one of the upcoming dates should email events@grandfather.com: Sunrise: Sept. 6, Sept. 13, Sept. 27. Sunset: Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 11. We hope... More

greenville
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

First of all, if you are planning to visit, please people "plan your visit" so everything has that magical experience and not the negative reviews. Having the wow factor has to do a lot with budget, weather, expectations, and also the group of people that are going up there. 1. Budget - I bought a Groupon special " 2 Adults... 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 a thorough review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the trip. We ask for honesty from our park guests regarding the ages of your party and hope that we do not have to move away from the honor system in the future. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist... More

Columbus, Ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The first time I've used the word "Majestic" without it being part of a song. At 6am from the top of the mountain, the sunrise was pink and the other mountains had hazy fog on them. It was really something. We rented a vacation home for a week and the whole family enjoyed it.

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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 your mountaintop experience. Guests can marvel at the morning and evening views from Grandfather Mountain through our sunrise/sunset sessions, held regularly between August and October. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

Catonsville, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Be wary that in order to swing from the mile-high bridge you will have to pay $20 per person. Not a good place to go when you're on a budget. However, I enjoyed the bridge and the views; it was too cold to do any of the walking trails. The museum has a well-done display and the small petting zoo... More

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

Thanks for visiting Grandfather Mountain! I'm sorry you found the admission price too high. We feel the admission price is comparable to other similar educational and entertainment venues and provides a good value for those who experience all there is to do at Grandfather Mountain, including the Mile High Swinging Bridge, the Animal Habitats, Nature Museum, naturalist programs, scenic views,... More

Saint Simons Island, Georgia, Usa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

All of you review feedback addresses only the positive things folks are saying. However, many also complain about the price. The entry to the park can easily exceed $100 for a family of 5 with non qualifying teens and the gift shop is priced well over any other retail outlet on the mountain. Yes, the park is fine and the... More

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

Thanks for visiting Grandfather Mountain. I'm happy to respond to your concerns about admission prices. Our adult ticket prices did increase by $2 at the start of 2014 in response to a change in state law that requires us to collect state and local sales tax on admission tickets, something from which we were previously exempt. This is the same... More

Aiken, South Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

If you like views or mile high swinging bridges then go!!! I use to live at the foot of this awesome mountain. Yes it's very windy up there & how many times can you say; I was on a Mile High Swinging Bridge? You can also drive a golf ball off this mountain & certain times of the year hang... 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 yourself! Some pretty phenomenal athletes shot golf balls or whacked baseballs off the mountain in its earlier days, including Billy Joe Patton, along with Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams. You're also right that hang gliders flew from Grandfather Mountain for many years in the 70s and 80s, but that... More

Raleigh, North Carolina
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162 reviews 162 reviews
45 attraction reviews
230 helpful votes 230 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Who would have thought? The ticket price for two is about $50. for seniors so it would be nice to know BEFORE paying that the gates to the mile high bridge might be closed in windy conditions. I walked through the animal display and saw a handicapped eagle and a few deer like the ones in my backyard at home.... More

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain. I need to clarify that admission is $18 for adults over 60, and you won't encounter additional charges for parking or hiking. I apologize for the confusion about the Mile High Swinging Bridge access. We do let all of our guests know at the ticket booth anytime the bridge is temporarily closed due to... More

Cornelius, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

When we arrived it was a bit windy so the upper trails (to include the swinging bridge) were closed. If you arrive in the morning before 11 am quite often this happens. We spent time at the nature museum (very well done) and the animal exhibits. By the time we were done the upper trails were open. The swinging bridge... More

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! Unfortunately, we do occasionally have to close the Mile High Swinging Bridge when the winds are too intense, but I'm glad you were able to get there a little later. Thanks for your patience, and we hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist Grandfather Mountain More

Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

I was a bit concerned that this was going to be a tourist trap, but it is very well done. The cd they give you when you enter gives lots of info as you drive up the mountain. The bridge and view at the top are spectacular! Beautiful wildflowers too. The animal reserve is great for the kids too! Feelings... More

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

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

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