Grandfather Mountain, Linville

At 5,946 ft (1,812 m), Grandfather Mountain is one of the highest peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is home to a number of attractions. The mountain is most famous for its mile-high swinging bridge that links two of its rocky peaks. This engineering marvel provides views of up to 160 km (100 mi) on clear days. To see more of the mountain up close, set out on one of the paved walks or hiking trails. You can see some of the mountain's most elusive wildlife, including bald eagles, river otters, and black bears, at their enclosed environmental habitats. Those with a sweet tooth might want to pop into the mountain's fudge store. Bring a jacket; the high elevation makes it considerably cooler than the surrounding area. Plan your visit to Grandfather Mountain and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Linville online itinerary maker .
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  • Loved this experience. When we started our journey up the mountain it was a clear day, by the time we got to the top of the mountain the clouds had come in and we couldn't see very far but it was stil...  more »
  • Cost to get in is $22 per person… A little high for what you get. Museum was interesting. Had information on plants rocks and animals that you see with in the park. Habitat had bear ,otters ,Eagles , ...  more »
  • We went on a clear sunny day, the wind was intense so we didn’t cross the swinging bridge but we could see for miles! The animals were out and up close! Such a cool place to experience!!! A must on yo...  more »
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  • Not only is this a beautiful place to visit, the people who work there are amazing. Shout out to Eddie!!! The nicest and most caring guy ever..he really took care of us when our vehicle wouldn't start at the top of the mountain.
  • This place is really amazing and must to visit. The fees is per person not per car but when you go up on the hill you will see the beauty of nature and the view from the bridge is amazing and very scenic.. would love to go there again.
  • Eddie, is genuinely one of the nicest and most gracious people I have ever known! He looked after and helped my friends Sam and Hannah and went out of his way to make sure they were taken care of. He deserves a raise!!!
  • A gentle hike up, and I do recommend the 2mile hike. Not too hard but make sure you have appropriate footwear. It can get muddy. The mile high bridge is a treat.
  • Beautifully, stunning views and trails. 1st visit since the wooden swinging bridge had been replaced with metal. Wonderful day adventure for the family.
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