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“I live at the base of the mountain:-)”

Grandfather Mountain
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Linville
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Reviewed August 14, 2013

As a local, I wanted to make a review of this attraction. I have been literally hundreds of times in my life. Honestly, the cost to enter to park is pricey. If I weren't familiar with the area, I would be hesitant to pay that much. I will say, that it is a must see at least once! After you've been to the park, you can then visit the Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoy the beauty and variety of the natural resources of this area for free. The benefit of going to Grandfather Mountain is the educational aspect that you gain from the guides, the museum, et cetera. Certainly the Mile High Swinging Bridge is a fantastic way to see a view that you have few opportunities to see elsewhere. The animal sanctuaries are really well managed and the staff are always friendly and helpful.

3  Thank AMBER W
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LandisTaylor, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2013

AMBER W,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! It is nice to hear from a local and we really appreciate your comments - especially about the educational aspect of the park.
We really take pride in the experience that we provide to our guests. We hope that we deepen their appreciation of nature and inspire them to be good stewards of the earth's resources.
This time of year is a great time to visit because we are able to offer so much additional programming that is included in regular admission included 1 pm Naturalist programs, animal enrichments and 11 am weather observations.

Thanks so much for coming! We hope to see you again soon!

Landis Taylor
Director of Communications
Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Reviewed August 14, 2013

The views on the top of the mountain are beautiful and that's the highlight of the attraction The elevation is over 5ooo feet above sea level so it was very windy and a bit cold. Wish we had brought a jacket along. We felt cheated out of seeing the animals as there are hardly any.It's not worth the admission fee. I would have preferred driving and seeing the views along the Blue Ridge Parkway instead of spending our money here. We did get a AAA discounted price.

Thank Randi E
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LandisTaylor, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2013

Randi E,

Thanks so much for visiting us recently! We've had a bit of a cold spell this summer and Grandfather Mountain does get the extremes.

I'm sorry that your experience with the animals wasn't what you expected. The Wildlife Habitats are home to black bears, cougars, white-tailed deer, otters, and a bald eagle. When you arrived you should have been given a bookmark that listed all our animal enrichment times. Those are the optimal times to visit each habitat as the animals are almost guaranteed to be near the front of their habitats. This is also a great time to interact with our habitat staff members.

Thanks again for the review!

Landis Taylor
Director of Communications
Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Reviewed August 13, 2013

The park is gorgeous but not worth $18 per person and its not even close. Save your money and ride along the Parkway and visit the many pull overs to see the mountains. Yes they have a bridge to walk over, a few animals (two cute sleepy bears, a few deer and a poor lonely, sad Eagle), to see but that's it. If you do go park below the bridge and do the short hike to the top. It's easy and you go through some pretty rock areas.

1  Thank Steven S
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LandisTaylor, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2013

Steven S,

Thank you for your review and for visiting Grandfather Mountain! We are glad that you enjoyed the beauty of the park.

We have 5 different animal habitats with black bears (we have seven total), cougars, otters, white-tailed deer and a bald eagle. As you came in the gate you should have been given a bookmark with animal enrichment times on it. Those are the optimal times to visit each habitat as a staff member is there giving the animals an enrichment and talking with the public. Griffin, our bald eagle, is doing very well in his new habitat. There was a female bald eagle with him in the past but she unfortunately had to be put to sleep a month or so ago because of health problems. We are currently working to bring another eagle that needs a home to Grandfather Mountain but Griffin has been fine on his own.

What differentiates Grandfather Mountain from driving along the Parkway is the guest experience that we offer. At Grandfather Mountain you have access to programming that occurs almost constantly all day long and is included in your park admission - this includes the animal enrichments that I already mentioned, as well as weather and climate observations and naturalists programs. We've also been offering some guided "summer saunters" lately on certain weekends that have no additional cost. We want to educate and inspire our visitors to appreciate nature and be good stewards of the earth's resources. All of our staff are willing and eager to answer any questions that our guests may have.

I'm glad that you enjoyed our Bridge Trail. This trail was just refurbished last year by our Interpretive Ranger staff. They reworked large areas of this trail making it easier to hike and to fight erosion. A project like this would have been possible without the funding that we get through admission prices.

I want to thank you again for visiting and I hope you come back in the future to get a deeper experience of what we have to offer here at Grandfather.

Landis Taylor
Director of Communications
Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Along with the small jaunt across the bridge that still sways and provides an added level of anxiety that heightens the experience.
We were in Charlotte, NC for a family reunion and there was really nothing planned. My son and I decided to take the 2 hour ride to Grandfather Mountain and we were not disappointed. The view along the BlueRidge Parkway was astounding and the arrival at Grandfather mountain completed it fully.
My son had to see every animal there even though we see deer every day at home. He was just that excited and overwhelmed by how breathtakingly beautiful everything was - and he is a typical 20 year old sports and friends obsessed college student.
He is afraid of heights and he was just having a ball walking out to the edge of the cliff and walking across the bridge. We had a great time and it was worth the 36.00 we paid and the gas we burned. Everything was so beautiful. We went to Blowing Rock first and that was just as stunning.
Driving up the winding roads to the top of Grandfather mountain was a lot of fun for me as well.
Well worth the time and money.

Thank Yhave1ne01050810
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

It allows for some of the best views in the Blue Ridge mountains. You should pack a lunch and have a picnic at one of the numerous stop and overlooks. It has a café for quick meals as well. The swinging mile high bridge is fun and slightly scary all at the same time.

Thank TBoneMcGee
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