Grandfather Mountain, Linville

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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. Using our custom trip planner, Linville attractions like Grandfather Mountain can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Expensive and not much to do. Bring a nice picnic and plan to hike if you want to get most out of the park. Not great for small kids. Museum exhibits were mundane. It was really crowded and hard to en...  more »
  • We spent the day here. Saw the animals, cruises the bridge a few times, hiked black rock trail. The only disappointment we had were the lack of shirt choices for purchase. And we were sad the fudge sh...  more »
  • We stayed in the spruce pines area so this was about an hour drive north for us, but well worth the visit. The bridge is unique and the scenery/view was incredible. Lots of other little stops in the p...  more »
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  • Great hiking experience on the grandfather extension and grandfather trail up to macrae peak. Interesting hike with many clearings for great 360 views. It is a strenuous hike with a lot of sheer ledges so I would not recommend to those not in shape or children. There are easier hikes as well as elevator access to the swinging bridge and great views for those not able to hike. Don't forget the nature preserve with the animal habitats. Listening to th cd they give out at the gate is recommended and gives you an overview as well as some history of the mountain.
  • Oh! So beautiful! So well maintained! Although I might add that I thought the $20 entry was a bit steep. When we drove all the way to the top to walk on the mile high bridge, I rescinded my thought. It's a $20 fee for a million dollar view and an unforgettable windy experience.
  • Beautiful place. Not worth the $20 admission though. There's too many places on the way to get fantastic views for free. Staff friendly but prepare to wait 30+ mins to drive the 200 yards to the gate. Traffic backs up.
  • Dust time I had been here in 20 years but this place is still prenominal and had the most amazing views.
  • Very cool view from the tip and below, they even have there own country club golf course.