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Grandfather Mountain

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Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Phone Number: 828-733-2013
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Activities: Hiking, Leisure education, Picnicking
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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Beautiful view

The view from Grandfather Mountain is really beautiful. There are several trails, a small zoo, and famous Mile High Swinging bridge.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Springfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The view from Grandfather Mountain is really beautiful. There are several trails, a small zoo, and famous Mile High Swinging bridge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Beautiful vistas, great companion CD & overview of the mountain history. Good for all. Check on weather and disability before going.

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Buffalo, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

A nice place to visit. We had a beautiful day so there were spectacular views but the animal exhibits were interesting also. The audio CD to listen to on the drive up was very informative. Definitely a go to place if in the area.

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Frank R, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! We hope you'll come back and see us. Sincerely, Frank Ruggiero Director of Marketing & Communications Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation www.grandfather.com More 

Currituck, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Took the boys to experience a hike on the mountain and was it ever worth it. The cost for access to the mountain was $20/ Adult and $9/ Child but there is a lot to do on the mountain. There is a small museum dedicated to the mountain and a small zoo. At the top of the mountain is a... More 

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Frank R, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this review

Thanks for writing! We're glad you and your family had such an amazing day at Grandfather Mountain. We hope you'll visit us again soon. Sincerely, Frank Ruggiero Director of Marketing & Communications Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation www.grandfather.com More 

Orlando, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

The self guided tour of Grandfather mountain starts at the gate where they give you a CD to play in your vehicle as you drive around the park. The narrated tour is very easy to follow. There was a small wildlife area with otters, mountain lions, deepr and a couple of bears. There was also an enclosure with an eagle... More 

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Frank R, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you'll come again soon. Our maintenance staff members work tirelessly to keep up the mountain's pristine appearance, so I'll gladly pass your compliments along to them. Thanks again! Sincerely, Frank Ruggiero Director of Marketing & Communications Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation www.grandfather.com More 

Boyne Falls, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

We got there early in the morning, just after the park opened. We drove to the top so we could get on the mountain before a lot of people were up there. It was great, we had the whole area to our selves. The views are stunning and we got a lot of great pictures. /We walked down a trail... More 

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Livonia, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

This was our most favorite spot to visit while we were in the Blowing Rock area. The views are spectacular! The walk across the bridge is a must do! The souvenir shop had great clothing choices along with the usual items to purchase.

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New Market, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

The bridge is definitely the highlight. The road takes you to the top. Breathtaking panoramic views. The weather couldn't have been better. Nice and cool. The zoo is a nice secondary attraction. The roads are very curvy but great overlooks to stop at along the way or down.

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Mount Blanchard, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

The most amazing and awe inspiring view and experience of our ENTIRE trip and week spent in High Country, NC! Well maintained grounds and loaded with information and history. The gift shops, museum and ice cream were perfect. We hikes a strenuous trail and really enjoyed ourselves up there!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

It was a bit foggy the day I visited but the view was still great. The mountain also has several 'rescue' animals such as bears and otters that are available to view. Unlike a zoo, these animals are able to wander within a natural environment that is not enclosed but instead fenced to keep visitors safe. The road to the... More 

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