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Grandfather Mountain

Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Phone Number: 828-733-2013
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Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Linville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, Nature & wildlife areas, Natural history museums, Nature & Parks, Museums
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking, Leisure education
Owner description: Grandfather Mountain’s pristine scenery and sweeping vistas rejuvenate mind and spirit. At an...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Type: Mountains, Nature & wildlife areas, Natural history museums, Nature & Parks, 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 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children

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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Excellent hiking trails and the drive to the swinging bridge with intermediate stops is great. The CD that is provided with admission and is very descriptive as yo drive up the mountain. Walking up to the bridge and across it is very exhilarating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

I was almost having anxiety attacks on our way up! Looking over the edge of the mountain with no guard rails freaked me out a bit. Once we got to the top, I had difficulty walking across the swinging bridge because of my fear of heights, but I did it! It was exhilarating! I'm so glad I did it. The... More 

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

We're so pleased you enjoyed your Grandfather Mountain visit, and we're especially happy to hear you conquered your fears to cross the Mile High Swinging Bridge. I hope you'll come back again soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

Valrico, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The views from the bridge and mountain are beautiful! The day we went was a little cold and windy so we didn't stay out there long but still feel the entry fee was pricey for what was offered. The animal habitat is set up nice but we saw only the eagles and otters, all the others were hidden.

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

Thank you for stopping at Grandfather Mountain! I'm pleased you enjoyed the mountain views, but I'm sorry you considered the admission fee too high. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on purchases of tickets and souvenirs to sustain and enhance the park. We would love to welcome you back on a warmer, calmer day to really show you everything Grandfather... More 

Newton, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The entry fee IS rather expensive, we had used the Military rate, but for 4 adults and 3 kids it was outrageous. Make sure you actually listen to the CD that they give you, it is very informative The cooler weather really set the tone for our trip. While our grand children wanted to explore the areas outside, we were... More 

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We're glad you enjoyed the audio tour and spent some time in the Animal Habitats and Nature Museum. Our black bears do enter a deep sleep during these winter months, although they can occasionally be spotted on warm, sunny winter days. I'm sorry that you considered the admission price too high. You can feel... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We visited the mountain on a beautiful day in February, 2/12/15. We read from previous comments that the place is overpriced. Couldn't agree more. Two adults and 2 children (one was free) paid $49. The views are amazing, the zoo is ok...small but nice but i don't understand why would the state rip people off who want to go enjoy... 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 glad you enjoyed the views and animals habitats, but I'm sorry you considered the admission price too high. I want to clarify that while the backcountry trails are owned by North Carolina as a state park, the attraction you visited is managed by a nonprofit organization, the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. Since we... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Yes- there is a fee to get in. But let me tell you- ITS WORTH THE MONEY!! My husband and I went for our honeymoon and loved it. Plus at the very top you get a breathtaking view! <3

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We're glad you enjoyed the trip! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I have to agree with the last reviewer on this being not so great. Lucky for us we didn't pay the full admission because half the park was closed due to high winds (hiking trail and bridge) which I knew because I called in advance. However what I was NOT told was that the ice cream and fudge shop were... More 

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

I'm so sorry you didn't have a good experience during your recent visit; we never want our guests to feel misled about what to expect. During the winter months, we open the Fudge Shop only on weekends because of the decreased traffic. As you noted, our homemade fudge is available for purchase in the restaurant and gift shops, but I... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Got to the gate & it's $20/person to get in. Just to hike across a swinging bridge. Thank goodness it wasn't a long drive to get to it or that would've been awful. We turned around and left. No thanks. Reduce your prices!

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

I'm sorry you found the admission price too high. We have been forced to raise prices in the last couple of years due to the rising costs of doing business and changes in state law requiring us to charge tax on admission tickets for the first time in our history. As a nonprofit organization, we receive no taxpayer funding to... More 

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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We stopped by after checking out the local ski area. It's well worth the trip; amazing views from the top. They give you a CD to play as you drive up which explains the sights. Due to weather and season, the hiking trails were closed, but they must be great. The nature center and shop at the top were nice.... More 

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

Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! The park makes an excellent "après-ski" locale! I hope you will make it back again when the weather warms. Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

When you consider the vastness of the park, and the fact that there is a small zoo at the top as well as the Mile High Bridge, the $20 fee per person is well with it. Although it was bitterly cold (went in jan.) it was a highlight of the trip.

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

Thank you for braving the bitter cold to visit us! Winter brings a completely different appearance to Grandfather Mountain! Sincerely, Kellen Short Public Relations Specialist More 

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