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Grandfather Mountain

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2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
+1 828-733-2013
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Beautiful spot, WAY OVERPRICED!!! And they call Blowing Rock a tourist trap, HA!

Went there a few years back, Nov. 5, 2012-beautiful spot-great area, the cost THEN was $16 a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
steve w
Montgomery, Alabama
Great place to visit.

We went on a weekday and didn't find it very crowded at all. We took our time, pulled over at many... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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.
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  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
+1 828-733-2013
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Went there a few years back, Nov. 5, 2012-beautiful spot-great area, the cost THEN was $16 a person-which was ABSURD, NOW-Nov.5, 2017, it is $20 a person-RIDICULOUS! Are you serious North Carolina State Parks? Talk about making folks bend over and grab your ankles, with...More

Thank steve w
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a weekday and didn't find it very crowded at all. We took our time, pulled over at many viewing areas and went through the museum and saw the film. Crossing the suspension bridge at the top was fun. The scenery along the...More

Thank lindyl0u84
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an awesome experience in the mountains of North Carolina. The suspension bridge is amazing to walk across to the rocky area on the far side. The zoo area is also fun for both adults as well as children. The black bears are the...More

Thank ruthf289
Frank R, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the wonderful review! I'm glad to hear you all enjoyed your visit to the mountain and got to spend a little time with our bears. Yes, they are the stars of our habitats (and they know it), although the river otters are...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow, what an exciting ride up the mountain. Yes, it was a hefty price to get through the entrance stand $20 but once on top we forgot all about our empty pockets. The views were breathtaking. We drove all the way from PA to Pigeon...More

1  Thank ShirleyE601
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great park. Excellent views. Great hiking trails. You will have a wonderful day at this park. Too many things to see. Great for a family or friends day. Grat for picnic. Swinging bridge is awesome. A must to go. The view from the swinging brigde...More

Thank ccaraballo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In all my trips to NC, I had never been to Grandfather Mountain. It is so worth the entrance fee!! The views are awesome! There is a rescue animal section (bears, eagles, otters,etc.) and naturalists to tell about each. A gift shop, restaurant and display...More

Thank frdallen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed my visit to Grandfather Mountain. We were lucky to score a clear day -- we got to cross the bridge and you could see so very far. The views are amazing. The animal habitats are worth a look...the animals look healthy and...More

Thank Tselmende
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the most beautiful places in the Smokey Mountains. You are a mile high, and everywhere you turn are those gorgeous mountains down below you. Get here early in the morning, you'll pretty much have it to yourself. Otherwise there are bus...More

Thank Robin L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mile High Bridge and the animal rescue section and preserve was worth the visit. Toma Hanks did part of the Forrest Gump Movie here. If you go , go early to avoid the crowds. Pay the entrance fee and the attractions are included. Definitely walk...More

Thank Newsbear
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family name is McDonald, so we love these Scottish festivals, and brother lives in Raleigh, so enjoys these gatherings of his heritage every year on Grandfather Mountain with his young adult sons who love the mountains. Oldest son lives in Savannah, so opportunity for...More

Thank Sightsee_Eat
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4 November 2017|
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Response from 9PA9 | Reviewed this property |
Leashed dogs are allowed on the trails and bridge. They are not allowed in buildings and the animal habitat.
21 September 2017|
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Response from Virginia N | Reviewed this property |
This was a day trip as we own a cabin on the New River...Haven't stayed in the hotels around there. There have been a lot of new hotels built in the last 2 years with ASU bing there.
Mer S
15 September 2017|
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Response from Deb F | Reviewed this property |
The Grandfather Trail from the bridge to McRae Peak took us about 3 hours round trip but we stopped a lot to take pictures of things. The guidebooks say 4-5 hours round trip if you go to the to of Calloway, but by the time... More