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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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Grandfather Mountain’s pristine scenery and sweeping vistas rejuvenate mind...

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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Great experience! You can definitely spend 3-5 hours here! Pack a picnic and wear your hiking shoes! Beautiful views and enjoyed the animal sanctuary and the animals seemed... read more

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Richmond, Virginia
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great experience! You can definitely spend 3-5 hours here! Pack a picnic and wear your hiking shoes! Beautiful views and enjoyed the animal sanctuary and the animals seemed content. The food at the restaurant was very good and the fudge shop was devine!

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Boiling Springs, South Carolina
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

At 20 bucks a person this may seem a bit pricey to some folks. I would agree if the only thing to see was a bridge, but this place is much, much more. There are trails to hike, a nature habitat featuring local wildlife as well as trees, flora and fona that are not typically seen south of Canada. For... More 

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Florida
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took the Grandson to see both the animals and the swinging bridge located near the top of Grandfather Mountain. Had lunch in their excellent cafeteria. Our grandson will be talking about that adventure for years, it left a lasting memory and was well worth the trip there.

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

I am so glad you and your family got to create memories at Grandfather! The bridge and animals are two of the most popular things to do on the mountain and I am so glad it made a lasting impression on your grandson! I hope you will come back and visit us again on the mountain for more memories! Sincerely,... More 

Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great fun. Great views. Loved the animal habitat The animals appeared quiet and contented Climbing the boulders on the other side of the swinging bridge was great fun and produced exquisite views.

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

Thanks for sharing this great review of Grandfather! I am glad you had a great time and loved seeing the views! The animals are happy in their large, expansive habitats, but if you want to see them excited, make sure to stop by at one of the 10 daily animal enrichments, in which a naturalist gives the animal a special... More 

Apopka, Florida
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55 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful trails and views! We hiked Profile trail and climbed both Calloway and McRay peaks. 360 degrees views, strrnuous but totally worth it trails! Perfectly indicated, secured by ladders in some portions, do not attemps in flip flops 😬...

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

Thanks for sharing this great review! I am so glad you enjoyed the hike, it so so beautiful once you reach the top but very difficult! One of the more difficult trails in the region, and of course, we recommend having the proper attire and gear! Sincerely, Linda Horn Communications and Marketing Associate Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation More 

Orlando, Florida
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Each time we visit the area, we are sure to make a trip to Grandfather Mountain. You receive a CD to play for an audio tour in your car as you travel up the mountain. My kids like it so much they make me play it even when we are home in Florida and pretend we are on the mountain.... More 

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

Thanks for sharing this great review! We feel that Grandfather is a special place as well, due to the unique structure and environment you can find here, as well as the many man-made attractions that are offered. We love to hear that the mountain makes a lasting impact on our visitors, and I love that your kids want to listen... More 

West Palm Beach, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The $20 was definitely worth the experience. With it, you get a CD that you can listen to on the way up, which tells you about the history of the mountain and tells you the coolest places to stop at. On the way up, we stopped at the museum which was really cool, and you could also go look at... More 

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

Thanks for sharing this awesome review of Grandfather! I am glad you had an amazing experience at Grandfather! The CD is an awesome feature for first time visitors to explain the mountain's history and to help you take your time and stop at all the beautiful spots on the mountains. The bridge is absolutely exhilarating and the views are amazing!... More 

Stafford, Virginia
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is a lot to see and enjoy on your visit. Be sure to make stops along the way up the mountain to check out the various exhibits. Make a stop at the habitat area to see the otters, bears, deer, and eagles. At the top of the mountain, there is a walking bridge across the valley. The bridge is... More 

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

Thank you for sharing this great review of Grandfather! I am glad you got to take your time on the mountain and make various stops to take in all that the mountain has to offer, including the highlights like the bridge and animal habitats! It sounds like you got to see a lot of Grandfather. I hope you will come... More 

Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Three 7 year olds had a wonderful time playing on boulders and hiking short trails. The view was breathtaking. The children enjoyed the film but found the animals in their native habitats not very interesting which was a surprise. It is expensive so leave time to see everything.

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

Thanks for sharing this review! I am glad you and your family enjoyed the trip to Grandfather Mountain! The views are amazing and hikes can be a really fun activity for everyone in your party. I am glad the kids enjoyed the nature film, often times the animal habitats are a favorite! Make sure to stop by during enrichment times... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

First time I had visited Grandfather Mountain in 20 years. I was very impressed with the updated buildings and informational exhibits. The mile high bridge was still a thrill to go across. Was a little concerned about all the people climbing the steep rocks on the other side, but it was a spectacular view. The restaurant at Grandfather is an... More 

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

Thanks for sharing this great review of Grandfather! I am so glad you got a chance to return to the mountain after 20 years and see all of the changes! It's great to hear that some of your previous favorites like the Mile High Swinging Bridge was still a thrill for you, that you enjoyed the restaurant and felt our... More 

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