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“Makes for a awe inspiring visit :-)”

Grandfather Mountain
Ranked #2 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 young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 9 February 2012

Our family of 7 has been there on numerous occasions. The entry fees, the last time I went was about $15 per adult and $8 per child. That was a little annoying, but with a big family the price will always add up anyway! So we go as early in the morning as possible to get our moneys worth. The actual drive up to grandfathers mountain is very beautiful and peaceful, and once you come in the entrance you realise that this was definitley worth the drive. As you drive deeper in the park there are little camping sites, a gift shop/restaurant and a little mini zoo. The view from the parking lots are just absolutely breath taking...you have to take your kids and let them experience this. You can then walk up the steps, or take the elevator to get to the mile high swinging bridge. It's great fun for the whole family to walk across the bridge. We usually video and take pics while walking across. Be warned, on the other side you will see crazy people walking on the rocks...where they shouldn't be, as there is no guard rails. Just be cognisant of that and be careful! A cost effective must see and do! And easy to get to...I'm in gastonia/charlotte nc area and just 2 and a half hours away. Great for day trips too!

Thank misstiffany82
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

Having read the reviews I see in December it is $1 to enter - but we went in February and it was full price - $15 per adult and $7 per child! That's steep! I wasn't going to bother but hubby wanted to so I gave in. I'm glad I did go as the views from the top were astounding!
I faced some fears (well heights really!) and went for it. Went across the swinging bridge (which no longer swings since the wooden one was replaced by metal - though apparently it sings on windy days?) and went to the edge!!!! Scary stuff for wimps like me
We also hiked up the other bit - which was quite tough but enjoyable!
Saw a couple of animals - and got a free taste of fudge - yummy!!
Had lunch in the restaurant which was cooked fresh and quite good. The staff were really friendly and chatty.
There is a small information area and amphitheatre
There are lots of places to hike and it's a lovely place to visit but I wouldn't take children as there's not much for them and it's a nightmare to watch them and try to keep them quiet so that people can enjoy nature. X
Overall a good place but I think they should lower the cost - most parks charge per car!

Thank smiletravels
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mountainlady5946, Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2012

Hello Smiletravels and thank you for your review. I am sorry that you thought the cost stung, but I am glad you and your husband decided to go ahead and give us a try.

The Grandfather Mountain attraction is operated by a non-profit foundation. We rely on the income from ticket sales to maintain our buildings, roads and grounds as well as to provide employment for almost 100 wonderful staff members who are dedicated to delivering an entertaining and inspiring experience for our guests.

The parks that you mentioned charge by the car rather than the person are more than likely state or national parks which receive public funding to supplement their operating budgets. Now that you have seen how we work to preserve this magnificent mountain for yourself, we hope that you will agree that the revenue from your ticket is invested wisely and that you will take satisfaction that your admission fee is helping to preserve Grandfather Mountain for future generations.

Catherine Morton, Director for Mission

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Reviewed 6 February 2012

You can't visit Western North Carolina without experiencing Grandfather Mountain!

Thank Nicole C
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

It was nice to visit the fudge shop, see the animals, and it was windy so we even got to hear the bridge sing!

Thank Brittany K
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

In summer months if you are within reach of this mountain, it's worth the windy road to get there. Granted, they don't have control over the road but if you're prone to car sickness, grab something for that first. The view is worth the drive, and grab up your big-girl britches and take a walk across a mile-high swinging bridge. The photo to the left looks like the bridge... maybe. Last time I was there we enjoyed watching some of the bears and other wildlife in the habitat areas. Chill out, get high on the mountain naturally. Breathe real air.

Thank HHIandotherplaces
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