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Grandfather Mountain

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Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
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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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Fabulous place

you won't find anywhere in eastern USA with such stunning views. At the top by the swing bridge, the panoramic scenery and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are spectacular. It... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

you won't find anywhere in eastern USA with such stunning views. At the top by the swing bridge, the panoramic scenery and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are spectacular. It was a cold February day when we visited but that didn't spoil the experience. The CD provided at the entrance is well made and guides you through the things... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We heard about the offerings up in the highest mountain near Boone and decided to try it out. Unfortunately it was on a day that was cloudy and cold. The price of admission to the park gets you a nice CD that gives you a great overview of everything you are driving by. The nature preserve and animal sanctuary I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see if you are in the area and even if you make a special trip, so worth it. On the right day you can see 100 mile and enjoy the sweet cool crisp fresh air.

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Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this park and zoo. We had no idea what to expect other than the bridge but stayed in the park until closing. Absolutely beautiful! Another bonus, we visited in July and it was 72 degrees on top of the mountain.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is one of my favorite destinations. I've been going since a very young boy. On this visit I had the luck of experiencing it from a new angle - being nearly all alone. I visited on a cold weekday morning, and found my car to be the only one in the lot at the swinging bridge. That may... More 

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Durham, NC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I realize this is one of the most popular destinations in the area, but $68 for a family of four is way too much for what this is. I understand it's costly to maintain the facilities so I'm not faulting Grandfather Mountain, but there are equally stellar views all along the Blueridge Parkway that are completely free.

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

Thanks for sharing your feedback! I'm sorry you feel that Grandfather Mountain is too expensive for what we have to offer. However, there are mountains of activities in which guests can take part, although some of those can be contingent upon the weather. Apart from the Mile High Swinging Bridge, which offers unparalleled, 360-degree views of the Western North Carolina... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We go to Grandfather Mountain at least once every time we visit. It is always the highlight of our trip. We love the picnic areas. Great place for a cookout. The views, of course, are magnificent. The animals are always fun to watch. Swinging Bridge is fab. Love the animals and all the trails. Fun, fun, fun.

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

Thanks for the fantastic review! We're honored and humbled to be a part of your vacation traditions, and we look forward to seeing you back on the mountain! Sincerely, Frank Ruggiero Director of Marketing & Communications Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The first time we went the winds were too strong to go on the bridge so we paid $US10 each to go half way to the museum and other attractions. It's the middle of winter so I wasn't expecting to see a bear but there he was sunning himself on a rock very close to where we were. It was... More 

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

Thanks for the stellar review, and thank you for bearing with us during wintertime! And yes, that pun was very much intended. That said, I'm glad you got to see our bears out and about. During warmer periods of winter, they'll often rise from hibernation to look for food, water and maybe some sunbeams to soak up. As for the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Great for locals, they offer deals in the winter. Would not advise paying full price- too expensive!

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

Thanks for the great rating! Yes, the otters are pretty fantastic, especially in the winter. I hope you were able to see them enjoy the snow (it's their favorite — from sledding to skating to burrowing). As for winter deals, you're right. In December, we offer Dollar Days, in which local residents get in for $3 a person (with valid... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend! It was a bit foggy, but views were nice! Swinging bridge was breathtaking! Reasonable gift shops prices.

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

Thanks for the great review! I'm glad to hear you had a fun time, even with the fog. A foggy day on Grandfather Mountain can be pretty magical, making one feel like they're in another world — especially when crossing the bridge! Thanks again, and we look forward to having you back on the mountain. Sincerely, Frank Ruggiero Director of... More 

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