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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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While we enjoyed our visit, $20 per adult is a bit pricey. You get a CD guide to listen to on your... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Raleigh, North Carolina
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The swinging bridge is call, but the views get even better if you take the mile or so hike up from... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Greensboro, North Carolina
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
+1 828-733-2013
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

While we enjoyed our visit, $20 per adult is a bit pricey. You get a CD guide to listen to on your way up which was nice. The big draw is the mile-high bridge, which while interesting, was a little underwhelming since it is only...More

Thank 9PA9
Reviewed 5 days ago

The swinging bridge is call, but the views get even better if you take the mile or so hike up from the bridge to McCrae Peak.

Thank paulbaysden
Reviewed 1 week ago

The entrance fee is a bit much but it includes so much: beautiful views, cool animals, lots of places to lunch with friends or family. The bridge is terrifying but the views are worth it.

Thank AdCounselorfromVA
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very leary of paying the money to walk across a bridge but we did it and it was well worth it. It isn't just a bridge but several other things are there too which are included in the price. They also give a...More

Thank Jackie C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I couldn't put into words how much we enjoyed this day! It is so worth the price to see the beautiful views and rock formations! The swinging bridge was fun too - glad it didn't swing too much. Loved the animal habitats and had a...More

Thank Banchansky
Reviewed 1 week ago

The trail towards Raven Rocks (1748) peak has a number of steep sections where you get cable rails or ladders to hold on. The view from the peak is awesome. I recommend going the high path towards the peak and than round back through the...More

1  Thank matwen2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I thought the admission price was a little high before I visited the site. But, I'm sure glad we went. The view from the swinging bridge was awesome, even though we didn't stay very long at the swinging bridge due to the 45 degree temperatures...More

Thank nickison
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am afraid of heights but my husband and I decided to give it a try anyway. The views are fantastic and the swinging bridge a real challenge for someone like me. I did make it across but once there did not have the courage...More

Thank Dorene2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our visit to Grandfather mountain was the highlight of our trip to the NC mountains. The place is so much more than the mile-high swinging bridge. My young children were fascinated by the animal habitats. We were able to see a bald eagle! There are...More

Thank Dave M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loaded up the car with another couple in anticipation of going to Grandfather Mountain as a day trip from SC and should have checked Trip Advisor before we left. We pulled up to the entrance gate and were shocked at the entrance fee. There...More

Thank womans2011
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21 September 2017|
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Response from CaptTrouble | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at The Balsam Mountain Inn. I would not recommend it.
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
9 August 2017|
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Response from Conwayluvs2travel | Reviewed this property |
There is a parking lot close and an elevator on the inside of the gift shop that takes you up close to the bridge