Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain, Linville: Address, Phone Number, Grandfather Mountain Reviews: 4.5/5

Grandfather Mountain
4.5
Mountains • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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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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2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
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ARL2601
Arlington, VA205 contributions
Maybe we just hit it at the wrong time.
Nov 2021
It was painfully windy at the top the day we went, making actually walking out on the bridge impossible. I would have appreciated some kind of weather/wind condition advisory being posted somewhere before purchasing the $22/person tickets. Literally no one was able to spend any amount of time outside at the top. Smaller cars were being gently lifted in the gusts. The elevator was broken. And the nature musuem/center was closed for renovations - which to be fair was posted on the website - but we didn't realize constituted most of what there is to do.

So all we had left was drive the 2 miles of curves and listen to the USB stick guided tour, which was interesting, but not worth $22.

Go only in nice weather and check status of exhibits/habitats.
Written 28 November 2021
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denise nowak
1 contribution
growing up on the mountin
Dec 2020
summer and winter experience. when I was younger I spent all my summers in Linville. My family is from there. We would go up on the mountain a few times a week. it's beautiful. We call it gods country. At that time the swinging bridge would swing when it was windy. At that time there was only a small gift shop. so now you know how long ago it was. My uncle Bill Hanna was security at night for the mountian and would take me up there. and we would walk the grounds. Most of my family is gone now but my Mother would tell me to stop telling everyone about this place because the residents want to keep it for themselves, I didn't blame them. but look at us now. It is the most beautiful place. those people are very brave for being up there in a wind storm! God bless everyone who gets to visit or who lives there. With love for Grandfather, Denice xoxo
Written 28 November 2021
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Michael A
Chesapeake, VA836 contributions
Great place to visit in the fall
Oct 2021 • Couples
Grandfather Mountain is a beautiful spot to visit in the fall. The "Mile High Swinging Bridge" is a fun thing to do, and the views are spectacular. Some nice hiking trails are available for all levels of hikers. Nice gift shop set up. The animal enclosures give you good looks at eagles, elk, a panther and a bear. When we visited, the exhibit hall was closed for renovation.
Written 30 October 2021
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mailstop
TN337 contributions
Nice to see once, but maybe not again.
Oct 2021
Interesting place. Not too crowded, thank goodness. Walking out on the rocks is rather, ummm, adventurous. The "mile high" bridge advertising is deceptive. It's really an 80-foot high bridge that's a mile above sea level.
Written 26 October 2021
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llhtexas
Austin, TX161 contributions
Beautiful
Oct 2021 • Couples
Lovely park to visit. Well organized with audio tour and friendly staff. Scenery is beautiful and the wildlife reserve was fabulous.
Written 23 October 2021
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benton2569
Willington, CT611 contributions
Loved GFM!!!
Oct 2021
As others have noted YOU MUST BUY TICKETS ONLINE - in advance of your planned visit. The website is pretty easy to use. You must select a planned time arrival time also. Tickets are $21 a person (not cheap). There are reduced rates for seniors, veterans and kids. They ay there may be extra tickets available at the entrance but I wouldn't chance it.

Even though this is pricey it is still a great experience: the drive up the windy road with hairpin turns and gorgeous views, the mile high swinging bride, hiking trails, gift shop (and rest rooms), snack bar and a nature center (currently under construction) with a small animal park (bears, elk, otters, cougar and eagles).

Bring some food or pack a lunch. - there are several places to park that have picnic tables and fantastic views of the countryside. Also bring a jacket and dress warm for the Swinging Bridge - it is over 5k feet above sea level. Temperatures are is much cooler at the top of the mountain plus It gets windy and the weather is constantly changing. At $21 per person you want to take your time and enjoy the views.

FYI your entrance ticket is good all day so you can visit in the morning when it is less crowded and come back for sunset.
Written 22 October 2021
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ThePCGuy
Boca Raton, Florida217 contributions
Mile High Walk
Oct 2021
Gotten a little pricey at $22 a person. Call ahead as they only let so many in at once now. There can be extra tickets which is how we got in. Bring your own food for lunch as $7 for a hotdog is crazy. It's Oct 21 still Covid-19 stuff masks inside. Fall colors are really nice. The animal enclosure are not huge, but a good size. You can't feed the bears anymore which is a good thing.

See the animals, drive to the top and walk the steel bridge which is 1 mile high, but only 80ft above the area. There are a couple of trails to hike at the top. Drive-up has some hairpin curves.
Written 18 October 2021
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Rose P
Nashville, TN304 contributions
incredible!!
Oct 2021
YOU MUST BUY TICKETS ONLINE!!! We showed up and were turned away. Got on the phone and bought tickets for 2 hrs later. So, went to Linville Falls to kill time, and that worked out fine. Came back. This place is a must do! Wow- the scenery is just awe inspiring. It is truly magnificent. Did the bridge and started the hike to the peaks. Of course, only made it a little past the patio, not close to the ladders at all because we ran out of time. It's crazy that they still sell tickets for 5:30 when the park closes at 7. Anyway, we bought more tickets and came during the week- we made it to MacRae and Attic Window. We've done plenty of hikes and this is the best of the best. Tons of pictures, some videos, one face-time call. Memories that are ingrained- this place is amazing. We would like to come back each year and make this hike. And we still have to make it to Calloway Peak and check out the Profile and Daniel Boone trail. Oh, we saw the bear and cougar too in the animal encounter. That was nice because it took their natural habitat and just enclosed it. Weekday at 10:30AM was good because we went directly to the parking lot. Sunday at 4:30, we were in the car for at least 30mins in a line of cars, a guy with a traffic sign on the last curve, directing a single flow of cars.
Written 15 October 2021
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DisneyDarwin
Spring, TX998 contributions
Touristy, it’s still a gem!
Oct 2021 • Couples
We were on a long summer trip and did only a minor amount of research before visiting Grandfather Mountain. Therefore, we thought we were visiting a state park or other public park, not a private tourist attraction. The ladder can range from somewhat cheesy to downright terrible, but this was not the case at all. The mountain has a long proud heritage of private ownership, and they have done a good job to accentuate the views and nature at every opportunity. they give you an audio guide for the drive up the mountain which is informative, and let you know that there is a LOT there. We only spent a few hours, but this could easily be a full day destination. There is a nature center and also abundant hikes and sights on the way up, before you get to the main attraction. At the top, there is a good gift shop before you get to the Mile High Bridge and those incredible views. Alone, those are worth your time and money. Shortly after our walk around the top, they started herding people off the mountain because a storm was coming and lightning strikes are a big deal there. I was impressed that they had seasoned meteorologist at the top, and they were hyper sensitive to safety. lastly we toured they’re a little museum on the second floor, which had tons of info and great pictures on the history of the mountain over the decades. On our way down, we got to see a great lightning storm in a monsoon.
Written 4 October 2021
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Charles M
Greenwood, IN64 contributions
A must see if you are nearby.
Oct 2021 • Couples
This is a “must see” if you are in the area. It was $22 per person to get in. Due to COVID you needed a reservation. But since it was a weekday we were able to get right in.

We drove up to the gift shop and restaurant. Nice little area. We saw some of the animals there (otter, bear, bald eagle).

Then we drove to the very top to walk across the mile high bridge. Once across the bridge we walked out to the very edge and had an amazing view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Written 4 October 2021
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