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“A must see!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain
2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
828-733-2013
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Linville
Type: Natural History Museums, Mountains, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking, Leisure education
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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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“A must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We visited Grandfather mountain on Tuesday, October 15. It was a sunny day and visibility was outstanding! We arrived at the park, and there is a fee to enter IF you are going to walk on the mile high bridge. We paid and received some pamphlets/information and a cd about Grandfather mountain. Once through, you put the cd in and it gives you all kinds of information about the privately owned mountain. It was cool to know that the movie Forrest Gump was filmed here. Also, the owner uses the money to preserve the mountain. We stopped at the restaurant and had lunch. I had the pulled pork sandwich and fries - it was okay. My husband had the hamburger and fries, which he enjoyed. He also ordered the strawberry/rhubarb pie, which was okay, but a little pricey at $3 a slice. We both had sweet tea. Total was around $20, not too bad, I guess for a park.

We also stopped by to visit the bears, deer, cougar, bald eagle, outters, which was pretty neat. We really enjoyed the black bears - wow, they were big!

We got to the top and parked. We decided to take the quick hike .8 miles round trip. Hike is moderate with climbing on some rocks. The smell of frasier fur Christmas trees in the air was awesome. We walked across the bridge and wow, breathtaking!!! So cool!! Make sure to look down somewhere in the middle of bridge as there is a green piece of the bridge that marks 1 mile 5280 feet. Very cool. When you get across the bridge, walk as far as you can on the mountain. They have rangers there answering questions. It's a little intimidating as there are no guardrails, so if you slip, bye bye. Just be careful and watch your step, you'll be fine. It's pretty stable up there and worth the climb for the view!

Visited October 2013
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“It's really changed since I was there as a kid.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Grandfathers' Mountain is a timeless visit with nature and doing it when the fall colors are the brightest is wonderful. The road up the mountain is paved with pullouts to overlook the Smokey Mountains that Grandfather is the tallest. The pull outs have picnic tables, restrooms with running water and some telescopes for wonderful views. It's worth the day to drive up and stop at each pullout and breathe the air.
Along the way there is a museum and animal habitats set up so you can enjoy the bear, cougars, deer and otters without endangering them or yourself. Rangers are there to educate the human visitors. The museum has a nice little grill and outside seating.

At the top, enjoy the Visitor Center gift shop and the final elevator to the swinging bridge. The bridge was once wooden slats that swung in the wind. Now it's metal and stable, with the wind whistling through the guy wires. If you don't want to use an elevator there are lots of stairs with handrails.
Wear a windbreaker because the wind always blows. Check the weather because it's a mountain and it can disappear in the clouds.

Visited October 2013
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Springfield, Mo
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“Beautiful!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

A beautiful place but the bridge is not for the faint hearted if you are scared of heights but worth crossing it anyway. My kids and their spouses went hiking and they really enjoyed it.
The blue ridge mountains are beautiful so you can't lose at any of their parks

Visited September 2013
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Winchester, Kentucky
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“Wonderful park with amazing views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We had the best experience here. Amazing views, lots of places to have a picnic, walking trails, hiking trails, a natural wildlife exhibit and the mile high swinging bridge. Absolutely, breathtaking when you get up to the bridge. You can and should spend a whole day here. Great day trip if you live in the area and worth planning a vacation around.

Visited October 2013
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Greenville, North Carolina
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“Great family activity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Expect some crowds in peak leaf season but the mountain is a fun family activity...love the animals and the visitors center was informative too. Swinging bridge can be scary on a windy day but the views are terrific!

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