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Grandfather Mountain, Linville

Categories: Mountains, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web
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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  • We have a home near Grandfather, but had not taken the time to a few years. We had a wonderful time - sorry we had not gone sooner. There is so much to do and see, and so many trails to hike....  read more »
  • Couldn't ask for a better day. We went on a Friday to avoid the large crowds; had a great time and beautiful weather. There were a lot of people there but there was parking available and no long lines...  read more »
  • Cold, wind blowing so hard couldn't cross the mile high bridge but still a great place. Absolutely beautiful. 
  • Great moderately difficult hiking with fantastic panoramic views! The trail from the Swinging Bridge to MacRae Peak is a great 2-3 hour round trip hike (with time to take in the views), You can start at the Swinging Bridge parking lot and hike to MacRae Peak which has several ladders and cables. Be sure you have good hiking shoes. (I would not recommend taking children under 10 due to the steep drop offs and long ladders between Swinging Bridge and MacRae Peak) For a longer half day hike, take the trail on to Calloway peak and then back to the Swinging Bridge. Alternatively, leave a car at the bottom of the mountain at the Route 105 Profile Trail parking lot and hike down the Profile Trail about 3 miles to Route 105. Three tips about parking: 1) You can't leave a car overnight at the top and the gates are closed. 2) For safety reasons they ask you to be off the trail a few hours before dark (6PM in the summer), and 3) There is a "steep" charge for driving to the top: ~$20 per person as Grandfather Mountain is a private attraction and has other things to enjoy like wildlife exhibits.. To reduce the cost for hiking, hike from 105 to the Swinging Bridge and have someone pick the group up there and drive down, or for experience hikers who want an all day hike, start early in the morning on 105, hike up to the Swinging Bridge, and then back down. If you have time, you can take the Calloway Peak side trail on the return. Here's a selection of hiking ideas: -A great 2-3 hour moderately difficult hike: Swinging Bridge -> MacRae Peak -> Swinging Bridge (entrance cost) -A 1/2 day moderately difficult hike: Swinging Bridge -> MacRae Peak -> Calloway Peak -> MacRae Peak -> Swinging Bridge (entrance cost) -A 1/2 day moderately difficult hike: 105 Profile Trail -> Calloway Peak -> 105 Profile Trail (no cost) -A 3/4 day moderately difficult hike: Swinging Bridge -> MacRae Peak -> Calloway Peak -> 105 Profile Trail (entrance cost; or go in reverse for more up hill and a reduced entrance price if someone picks you up) -A 3/4 day moderately difficult hike: 105 Profile Trail -> Calloway Peak -> MacRae Peak -> 105 Profile Trail (no cost) -A long day difficult hike: 105 Profile Trail -> MacRae Peak -> Swinging Bridge -> MacRae Peak -> Calloway Peak -> 105 Profile Trail (no cost)
  • Great park! The bridge is a lot of fun, especially on a windy day! Not cheap to get in but definitely worth every penny. The park has lots of activities and exhibits and many hiking trails that connect into the state park. Just be sure to call and check weather in advance as they do close some parts of the park if the winds get too high. Great spot for families and hikers alike!
  • Beautiful views from the top. Mini zoo is great for the kids and adults. Plenty of hiking opportunities and for those that are not able or prefer not to hike you can drive all the way to the top and use the elevator to the bridge level. Great experience!
  • Gorgeous views and you get to walk over a bridge with a bunch of crazy people how could it go wrong ... Once you get on the other side of the bridge there are no hand rails and people are just hanging off a side of a mountain which is pretty crazy. Truly enjoyed the experience but be ready for the wait to get to the top.
  • Great family-oriented place with lots of fun things to do, I must see if you are in the area. If you have a chance go to The Swinging Bridge, animal's habitats, Split Rock and Sphinx Rock.
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