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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, 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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This is a super outing for families or even seniors. The swinging bridge is awesome (not scary at all) and you do not have to walk far to get to it. Nice animal habitats, small... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Greenville, SC
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Greenville, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This is a super outing for families or even seniors. The swinging bridge is awesome (not scary at all) and you do not have to walk far to get to it. Nice animal habitats, small but nice museum and decent restaurant. Two gift shops also. Great way to spend a few hours. Entrance is a little pricey at $20 per... More 

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West Jefferson, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Grandfather Mountain is truly an experience worth taking. The animal habitats are appropriate and have the animals best interests at heart. You can see black bears, cougars, deer, eagles, and otters. The otter exhibit is truly amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We had a great family adventure at Grandfather Mountain. We saw the zoo and museum. The kids loved seeing the black bears and mountain lion. We parked in the hikers lot and hiked to the swing bridge. It was fun and then hiked a portion of the Grandfather Trail. Our kids are 6 and 9. They loved climbing the ladder... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Were pleased that an out-door attraction like this was available to my partner who has mobility problems .We were able to drive up to the mountain by car with a provided C.D. to give us commentary on the way. There was elevator access to the Swinging Bridge (Which was easy to walk across as it only had a slight swing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This was the first trip that my girlfriend and I went on as a couple. She has been plenty of times before but this was my first time to the mountains. She is a trooper and helped me a lot even though I was afraid. I didn't cross the bridge but I will conquer that fear in December when we... More 

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Cary, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This was the favorite stop on our week-long vacation in the mountains. My husband and I loved it as much as our eight and ten year olds. Audio tour CD you get at the entrance is great. The nature center and animal habitats were excellent. It was worth visiting the animals at the designated encounter times when a naturalist answers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

If you cannot stand heights, then you shouldn't go. But if you are adventurous you'll love it. I'm afraid of heights but I just had to walk across the swinging bridge. I'm glad I did. I recommend this attraction.

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

Thanks for visiting! I'm glad you conquered your fears to cross the Mile High Swinging Bridge! Those who prefer to stay on solid ground will still enjoy the spectacular views from the peak, whether or not a bridge crossing is on your agenda! Sincerely, Kellen Short Director of Marketing & Communications More 

Marion
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Loved the mile high swinging bridge. The view is so incredible. The drive up is spectacular. Admission includes an audio CD that you pop in your player at the entrance gate. Audio tour gives great info as you drive up the mountain. Easy to follow. The admission is $20.00 per person for entire day. This park is gorgeous and 1... More 

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

Thank you for the wonderful review! We appreciate your support of Grandfather Mountain! Sincerely, Kellen Short Director of Marketing & Communications More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

I've been coming here for over 45 years and it never gets old. There is a lot to do for all ages. You receive a CD at the gate. Pop it in and you get a tour of the interesting things along the drive to the top. The biggest attractions are the Mile High Swinging Bridge and the incredible views... More 

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

Thanks for visiting Grandfather Mountain! It sounds like an enjoyable trip! Your advice is spot-on regarding the trails: although some seem short in mileage, they make up for it in elevation change and terrain. We do offer some easier paths, including the Woods Walk trail, for those who are looking for a gentler stroll. I encourage all of our guests... More 

Kingsport, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Drive to the top of the mountain. You can see for 60 plus miles in every direction. Wildlife preserve near the top has bears, cougars, eagles, and more. The highlight, though, is the swinging bridge between two craggy peaks perched a mile high. You feel literally on top of the world! Slightly steep price though - $20 per person.

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Thank you for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We hope you'll come back soon! Sincerely, Kellen Short Director of Marketing & Communications More 

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Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Phone Number: 828-733-2013
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Linville

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