Grandfather Mountain, Linville

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#1 of 15 in Wildlife in North Carolina Mountains
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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  • 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 a...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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-ro...  more »
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  • $20 to get in but worth it. The trail is amazing with great sites. The habitat is small but nice to see the wild life animals. The bridge is great with great sites. There are different trails that are great. It's a site to defiantly see.
  • Still, as always, a great place to visit with much to see and do with an exceptionally helpful and informed staff throughout the park. Definitely worth the admission price. A must visit site for first time and repeat NC visitors!
  • Hard to get a glimpse of the cougar. The viewing area was packed. If you're planning a trip here I suggest you have 4 wheel Drive. Its pretty steep towards the top. My van almost didnt make it. Beautiful views!! No fences, so watch your kids.
  • This place was amazing hiking wise. The main area where the bridge is was a little congested but it was the main part where everyone goes so that makes sense. The trails have ladders if you're trying to go to the top of the mountain it can be a little rough but worth it. As long your not afraid of heights!
  • If you are a mountain lover this place is the epitome. Beautiful park nicely maintained . Can go for hiking or have a picnic (as they got many picnic places) There is a museum and a small wildlife park with it. An amazing place for any nature lover as well as entertaining place for kids.

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