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!
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