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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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At our ages (71 & 81) we keep fit by hiking at Grandfather Mountain, sometimes as frequently as three times in six days!

Our all-time favorite trail is Grandfather Trail, but as we've gotten older we have begun parking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Taylorsville NC, United States
Nice drive

We visited GFM in November 17 and was surprised to discover it is a privately owned location. When... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
fayetteville, nc
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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
+1 828-733-2013
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our all-time favorite trail is Grandfather Trail, but as we've gotten older we have begun parking at Black Rock parking lot, hiking the Extension Trail, then turning left onto Grandfather Trail. We stop in the Visitor Center, then go down the Bridge Trail. We decided...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited GFM in November 17 and was surprised to discover it is a privately owned location. When you enter the gate you pay a bit of a pricey fee and get a CD to play telling you of the sights you are passing. The...More

Thank richinnc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Grandfather mountain is a must-visit natural area butnit can be very frustrating to go during peak times because you’ll encounter a traffic jam at the enter, circle for a parking at the exhibit areas Nd follow a slow line of traffic up and down the...More

Thank gatortunor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Grandfather Mountain is among a handful of North Carolina attractions that truly deserves being considered a “must see” destination for any resident of, or visitor to, the Tar Heel State. Open year-round, this is a special place that offers spectacular views of the Blue Ridge,...More

1  Thank D2958ZXgarym
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Leave more time than you would expect, pack a picnic and enjoy your time. Beautiful views, trails, animals and gift shops.

Thank James E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited grandfather mt twice, this last time was in fall, when all the trees were changing into beautiful colors. The views from top of the mountain are amazing. I walked over the swinging bridge first, then onto the rocky area beyond to get...More

Thank tfran88
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice views, nice hiking trails, friendly staff, and some zoo animals. Surprising find that we didn't expect on our ride through North Carolina. The trip across the bridge is worth the effort to get there.

Thank Greg W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been here a few times. Absolutely love it! We usually park half way up the mountain and hike to the top. It's a little rugged but that's how we like it! Always lots of other people on the trail. Views from the top will...More

Thank Missy S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We love hiking and this has some really challenging hikes I would highly recommend for experienced hikers. It was icy up on the ladders but we still climbed and had a great time. The views are outstanding and breathtaking! Go early it’s not cheap to...More

Thank Lauren F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was really impressed. I thought it would be nice, but it was really lovely. Almost a zoo. There are a few different levels of the mountain that you can park at and walk to and from. There is a lot to do here. The...More

Thank paigerenee2016
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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
16 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