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Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Phone Number: 828-733-2013
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking, Leisure education
Description: Grandfather Mountain’s pristine scenery and sweeping vistas rejuvenate...
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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Great hike and fantastic views!

We hiked the Black Rock trail and got some exercise and some climbs to nice views. Drove to the peak and walked across the swinging bridge in windy weather. We liked the nature... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Penn Laird, Virginia, United States
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Penn Laird, Virginia, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

We hiked the Black Rock trail and got some exercise and some climbs to nice views. Drove to the peak and walked across the swinging bridge in windy weather. We liked the nature center; the movie there is worth watching.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

You must like the outdoors to enjoy this hiking trip. It can be hot, tiresome, and long-winded depending on when you go. The views are awesome.My favorite part was the waterfalls. If you are not used to hiking or high altitudes this could be challenging. The bridge was cloaked within a cloud on our visit so we did not cross.... More 

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! It sounds like you found one of our challenging backcountry trails during your visit, which is certainly not for the faint of heart! For those seeking a less rigorous trek, our staff is happy to recommend some gentler paths within the park. Hope you'll visit again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

Mountain View, Arkansas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Grandfather Mountain is the perfect attraction if you're looking for a thrill! The Mile High Swinging Bridge is pretty exciting and has terrific views! There are Wildlife Habitats; Eagles, Cougars, Otters, etc.. Grandfather Mountain is a wonderful place for all ages.

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Thank you for visiting and for sharing those kind words! We hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

Mills River, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Visited Grandfather Mountain Labor Day weekend (probably not the best idea because of the increased traffic altho' it was handled well by the park). We LOVED the mountain, the animals, exhibits, picnic areas (bring your own lunch and eat in beautiful surroundings). The audio guided tour they provide for your car is EXCELLENT and be sure to walk the bridge... More 

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

Thank you for supporting the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation! I'm so glad you enjoyed the park and hope you'll come back again soon. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

Sevierville, Tennessee
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

You will not be disappointed. Could have spent the entire day there. Beautiful views, animals, museums, picnicking, hiking, yu name it they have it.

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We're so glad you enjoyed the visit. Please do come back when you can and feel free to spend the whole day with us! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I went today and the temp in Asheville was in the 70's. On the mountain it was about 10-15 degrees cooler and quite windy. If you go prepare for that. The guides said that it is always windy there. He said you can always call ahead and get the weather on the mountain. The trip from Asheville was gorgeous. Lots... More 

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

Thanks for visiting us! Grandfather Mountain is an easy day trip from Asheville and a beautiful drive, as you described. Hope you'll come back again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Though the hike was a little more muscle than I expected it was worth every step! Truly a moment that I will never forget and would love to relive!

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

Tonya, thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! I'm so glad you enjoyed the challenging hike, and hope you'll come back again soon to try it again! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

Hilliard, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Grandfather Mountain was an great experience. It has a lot to offer for just about anyone. There is hiking, sight seeing, museum and there is even a zoo there as we'll! You can hike from two different spots from the bottom or you can drive half way up and park in the parking lot and hike a mile or so... More 

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

Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Pretty steep prices for admittance. Seniors and Vets get a bit of a discount but still very pricy for the day. Great place to picnic, lots of SPECTACULAR views of the valley and the WILDLIFE (careful of the bears). Usually quite a bit more windy up there than the rest of the valley. Worth the trip at least once. make... 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 wildlife and incredible views, but I am sorry to hear you considered the price too high. I do want to note that Grandfather Mountain is operated by a nonprofit organization, so your admission goes a long way toward helping us protect and preserve the park for future generations.... More 

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24 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

This was a memorable and enriching experience when we visited several years ago. To witness the handiwork of God in creating such natural splendor is great. The views from the mountain itself are unforgettable. The animal museum and habitats are informing and entertaining--especially the playful otters. Well worth your time.

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain. You'll be delighted to know that we now have two new young otters in the habitats — I hope you'll come meet Oscar and Nova soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

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