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Grandfather Mountain

#1 of 15 things to do in Linville Features Animals
2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
+1 828-733-2013
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Standing in the Heavens

This is one of those places I'd go to every day if I could. To be able to cross that bridge and... read more

Reviewed today
KTK113
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Clemson
Beware of the cost vs what you want to do

We knew before we got there that it costs $20 per person. However, since we have never been to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Teresa L
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Shreveport, Louisiana
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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.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“swinging bridge” (401 reviews)
“fudge shop” (113 reviews)
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2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
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Reviewed today

This is one of those places I'd go to every day if I could. To be able to cross that bridge and (carefully!) walk up to the peak on the other side and just sit in awe of that view is amazing. Then there's the...More

Thank KTK113
Reviewed 2 days ago

We knew before we got there that it costs $20 per person. However, since we have never been to Grandfather Mountain, we didn't know what to expect, so we took our chances. It was an off/on rainy day. A few of the animals were not...More

Thank Teresa L
Reviewed 3 days ago

We haven't been to Grandfather Mountain in many years. On the spur of the moment we decide to make a day trip to visit our old friend. We were not disappointed. The adventure is one that the entire family can enjoy. The drive up to...More

1  Thank Anita L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Grandfather's Mountain is terrific attraction off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. At entrance gate you receive an audio narration CD for a well explained description of the mountain. Half way up is a Welcome Center, restaurant, and zoo. Great attraction for children, as well as,...More

Thank Paige H
Reviewed 6 days ago

The early bird catches the worm........we decided that we'd get their early so it wouldn't be so crowed....getting there at 9 AM on a Monday turned out to be perfect - it was as if we had the park to ourselves. Granted it was a...More

Thank Allison A
Sarah W, Marketing & Communications Associate at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for this good review. We appreciate your recommendation. We are glad you enjoyed the mountain and that your kids enjoyed having the bridge to theirselves. Hope to see you back here soon. Sincerely, Sarah Weigle Marketing & Communications Associate Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit while in the mountains. Views are amazing, you really don't get a grasp of, unless you are actually there. Be sure to bring a camera, you will not be disappointed. Definitely bring a jacket as the temps are a lot cooler...More

Thank AJ F
Frank R, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the wonderful review! We appreciate your taking the time to share such positive feedback. Thanks again, and we look forward to having you back on the mountain. Sincerely, Frank Ruggiero Director of Marketing & Communications Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Reviewed 1 week ago

Pros: Great photo opportunities, especially the natural habitats for bears and eagles Working to improve ones for elk and cougars) - arrive at "show" (feeding) times; also great views from hanging bridge area including unexpected wild flowers. Several things for small kids to do. Small...More

Thank Torchboy
Frank R, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great review! I'm glad you had such a thoroughly fun time on the mountain, including Nature Photography Weekend. As for the cost, please know that the mountain is owned and operated by a nonprofit organization, the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, whose mission...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Upon arrival, you are given an audio CD that narrates your drive through the park. It was very nice and informative. My family really enjoyed the fudge shop, the museum and especially the animal exhibits. The naturalists that give talks are very knowledgeable and it...More

1  Thank charlieg71
Sarah W, Marketing & Communications Associate at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for this great review! We really appreciate it. We are glad that you enjoyed your time on the mountain, even though, the weather wasn't great. We hope that y'all have some good weather next time and can enjoy the picnic areas. Sincerely, Sarah...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the audio tour! We could drive at our own pace, enjoying the sights and stopping whenever we wanted, then could pick right back up with the tour CD! For an all-day experience, we three women thought it was the best $20 ticket we spent....More

Thank Faustina S
Sarah W, Marketing & Communications Associate at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your wonderful review. We appreciate your recommendation and are truly glad to hear y'all enjoyed everything the mountain had to offer. Also loved the picture! Hope you got many more great pictures from your trip. Hope to see you back on the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My parents, 10 year old cousin and I stopped at Grandfather Mountain to see the mile high swinging bridge. We were not disappointed! We loved the bridge and the incredible views. The rocks, on the far side of the bridge, were easy to traverse with...More

1  Thank Steph M
Sarah W, Marketing & Communications Associate at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your wonderful review. We appreciate your recommendation and are glad to hear that you enjoyed the bridge and Linville Peak. Hope you see you and your family back again soon. Sincerely, Sarah Weigle Marketing & Communications Associate Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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SouthernHunter58
How much does it cost to get through the gate?
13 June 2017|
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Response from ShiningStar0921 | Reviewed this property |
$20 per adult. There are no additional fees to walk the swinging bridge if you choose to do so and includes an audio tour on cd that you listen to as you drive up the mountain.
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Leslie N
If we're just riding by, is this site worth taking the 10 miles we'd travel?
6 May 2017|
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Response from Julie B | Reviewed this property |
It would be worth the time if you had a half day to explore a little bit.
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Katrina S
Are there caves to explore?
9 April 2017|
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Response from Frank R | Property representative |
Thanks for writing! Unfortunately, there are no caves to explore in our park, although we do have access to 12 miles of hiking trails.
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