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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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Gorgeous...as long as you have good weather

Visited here on a Sunday. After reading other reviews, we did check the weather forecast. Fortunately, we had a beautiful clear few hours there. We walked across the Mile High... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Bristol, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited here on a Sunday. After reading other reviews, we did check the weather forecast. Fortunately, we had a beautiful clear few hours there. We walked across the Mile High bridge and spent plenty of time climbing the rocks and taking pictures. There were several hawk census takers there and we got to speak with them and saw a few... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did the most difficult/technical hike there was, and it was incredible! At the beginning of the trail, the sign said for experienced hikers only, but we did it both as first timers, and it was no problem, that being said if the conditions are wet, I can imagen it being very treacherous. The area, in general, is gorgeous, and... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well, I didn't think the bridge was very scary at all. The view is spectacular. It was hawk migration week so there were a lot of people with their binoculars and telescopes. There is a naturalist talk at 1 pm every day and that was interesting. She was very helpful. You can walk right out on the top of the... More 

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

Thanks for the soaring review! I'm glad you had such a good time during your visit and were even able to join in the Hawk Watch activities. Our staff and volunteers love what they do, and spending time with our guests is at the top of the list. Thanks again, and we're looking forward to having you back on the... More 

Pine Mountain, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I visited Grandfather Mountain Memorial weekend. There were so many people. I would definitely not recommend a holiday weekend but it is worth visiting.

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

Thanks for the great rating! Yes, holiday weekends are some of our busiest times. If you're looking to visit when the crowds are thinner, I'd suggest making a trip during the week or arriving early on weekends. Something else that can help is buying tickets online. Since 2015, we've been offering online ticketing, which allows folks to bypass the long... More 

Walkertown, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a fabulous place to view the beautiful State of North Carolina. Walking across the swinging bridge takes your breath away

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Thank rlccustom1966
Frank R, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this review

Thanks for the fantastic review! We love the views, too, and walking across the bridge never grows old. Thanks again, and we're looking forward to having you back on the mountain! Sincerely, Frank Ruggiero Director of Marketing & Communications Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation More 

Lakeville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The views of the high country mountains is fabulous. The walk over the bridge was unbelievable especially if you fear heights. Highly recommend.

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

Thanks for the great review! I'm gad to hear you enjoyed our views and the Mile High Swinging Bridge. They're always a pleasure to experience, no matter how many times you see them. You'd be amazed at how many people overcome their fear of heights by crossing the bridge, too. As for our admission, you may be interested to know... More 

Gaffney, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Grandfather Mountain several times over the years (the first time, Mildred the Bear was still alive, and the bridge still had wooded planks and really swayed in the wind!). Most recently was this week, when we took our children (ages 12 and 7) for their first visit. We saw bears, eagles, otters and deer in natural-habitat... More 

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

Thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful review! We're honored to have the Grandfather Mountain experience shared through the generations, and we truly hope your kids enjoyed their visit. And by sharing your positive feedback, please know that you're helping the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation continue its mission of conservation and preservation, ensuring that maybe one day, your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a nice park but the weather is unpredictable and can affect your enjoyment ( especially since there is a park fee). We had a nice day there but it's easy to see that given the elevation, wind and clouds can be very different at the summit. The bridge is not for the faint of heart for sure. Even... More 

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

Thanks for the wonderful rating, and thank you, too, for that great advice about visitors checking the weather. Since the elevation changes dramatically from the bottom of the mountain to the top, we always encourage guests to call ahead for a real-time update, especially when there's a chance of cloudy or inclement weather. Congratulations on braving the bridge, and I... More 

Greenville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Disappointed in our trip, took the granddaughters there for the very first time. We had been talking about the animals that they would see, especially the bears, they were very excited. When we finally arrived, we found that the cougar section was closed for construction and that the bears were not even out. The next time or showing for the... More 

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

Thanks for writing, although I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your visit. You'll be interested to know that our animals live in environmental wildlife habitats. Unlike exhibits found at many zoos, which import plants, rocks, etc., to recreate the animals' environments, our habitats are built around their actual environment, allowing them ample room to roam at their leisure. For... More 

Stoke On Trent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Travelling so far (from the UK) to see Grandfather Mountain, we did feel mightily disappointed that the weather let us down! We found the Audio Tour incredibly useful but this delayed our accent to the top so that by the time we got there, the clouds had arrived and the views were gone. Damn. Then on our descent, we called... More 

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Thank Trumpster175
Frank R, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this review

Thank you kindly for the feedback, but even more so for choosing to visit Grandfather Mountain during your trip! Unfortunately, there's little we can do with the weather other than embrace it. At its mile-high elevation, the mountain is said to actually make its own weather, and many of our guests find a sense of wonder in standing among or... More 

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