Okay, 5 years ago I went there for $7.50 per person. Now it's $18.50 per person. Ask yourself, is it worth it? Go only on clear days, ask questions about the wind. The bridge is cool, but if your afraid of heights don't do that. The animals are cool, but VERY far away and they hide and sometimes that $18.50 you only get in to drive around with no animal views or going up to the bridge. Go to the WNC Nature Center in Asheville to get up close to animals, that place I recommend to see animals and it is worth the drive down and $8 a person and a petting a zoo for the kids. The view is beautiful though, but you can almost see the same thing over on Beech Mountain for just paying gas and driving up the mountain. I don't see why they made their prices higher, it's not worth that much, only the view, but that's what even real estate charges for, I thought this was a state park, not a gold mine for a few measly animals that you can't see very well and high priced gift shops and high priced food, sure the museum is eh....nice to put it that way, but I would not want to go other than dollar days, that's what it's worth anyways.
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