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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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We picked the perfect day to visit

We are in our mid sixties and this had been on the bucket list for a while. We were not disappointed. We went straight to the top on advice at the gate because storms were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Canon, Georgia
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Canon, Georgia
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We are in our mid sixties and this had been on the bucket list for a while. We were not disappointed. We went straight to the top on advice at the gate because storms were predicted later in the day. Windy conditions were expected bu we were met with calm conditions. After a few minutes to acclimate to the high... More 

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Thank Russell B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a must do. If you love the mountains. I was not sure because they charge 17 dollars per adult and 9 dollars per child but we had one of are best family vacation there this place you can even take the grandparents you can drive to all the great spots

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Thank jeffery73
Harrodsburg, Kentucky
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a great time we enjoyed seen the animals and having lunch up on the mountain the icecream and fudge is great

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Being from Ireland but living in Florida for 16 years you miss the mountain view Beautiful drive there From Boone. Got there early so got lucky with traffic. Went straight to the top and was not disappointed. Except looking at sugar mountain. Sad they let that monstrosity be built there. Bridge was great. View amazing. Worked back down to visitor... More 

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pittsboro, nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took our three grandsons there for lunch and it turned out to be great. They enjoyed their chicken tenders very much and were quite surprised at the size of the portions which were huge. But, they were hungry so they finished everything off. My wife's grilled chicken sandwich was really tasty she said. I had a very nice pork... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There are plenty of things to see and do on Grandfather Mountain. Your route to the bridge is accompanied by a cd commentary, which is informative and sets the scene, with great background music. There are numerous walks and photo stops, along with the animals, on the way up. The stroll across the bridge is fun, with great views to... More 

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Thank Welshman101
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited many times.I wanted to take someone who had never been,He also enjoyed very much.The staff is very helpful and cautious as lightening was close by.We found pictures from 1950 of my parents.They were standing on the original wooden bridge,next time we shall plan to picnic there as there are many beautiful spots.

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

Thanks for the kind and thoughtful review! We're grateful you and your family have visited Grandfather Mountain throughout the generations, and we're already looking forward to your next trip up. Enjoy the picnic! Sincerely, Frank Ruggiero Director of Marketing & Communications Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation More 

Pinehurst, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It may seem pricey until you realize what you are getting...when you pay at the gate, you receive a CD to listen to on your way up the mountain. The school aged kids in our car enjoyed the narrative and the blue grass music on the CD. We went straight to the top, walked the swinging bridge (which does not... More 

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

Thanks for the great review! It sounds like you had a wonderful day, and I'm glad Grandfather Mountain could play a part. As for the Mile High Swinging Bridge, while it doesn't move like it did before its renovation in 1999, it's definitely been known to swing (gently, though) on our windier days. On those windy days, we also call... More 

Mathews, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love the CD gift that you can play as you travel to the top. The gentleman at the front gate was very nice and very helpful. It is a must do if you are in the area.

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

Thanks for the stellar review! I'll pass your compliments along to our team at the Entrance Gate. Thanks again, and we're already looking forward to having you back on the mountain. Sincerely, Frank Ruggiero Director of Marketing & Communications Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love this place. I think the entry fee is steep, but the bridge has stunning views on a nice weather day. We also love the hike up to MacRae peak and Attic Window. We didn't have enough time to get to Calloway Peak. The round trip hike from the hikers parking lot to Attic Window, with stops at the... More 

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

Thank you kindly for a thoughtful and most helpful review! We appreciate your continued patronage and are honored to be a part of your tradition. Concerning our entrance fee, it might please you to know that every dollar benefits the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that oversees the park while promoting a mission of conservation and appreciation of... More 

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