Grandfather Mountain, Linville

4.6
#1 of 81 in Wildlife Areas in North Carolina
Mountain Wildlife Area
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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  • Loved the audio tour! We could drive at our own pace, enjoying the sights and stopping whenever we wanted, then could pick right back up with the tour CD! For an all-day experience, we three women tho...  more »
  • My parents, 10 year old cousin and I stopped at Grandfather Mountain to see the mile high swinging bridge. We were not disappointed! We loved the bridge and the incredible views. The rocks, on the far...  more »
  • I'm a little afraid of heights, but well worth it to take a deep breath & go across the swing bridge. Give yourself time to hike to the top too. Can't wait to go back!  more »
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  • 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.
  • Worth every penny! There is a small animal reserve and an education center. Of course the main attraction is the pinnacle itself which is both inspiring and a little terrifying (in a good way). My little ones enjoyed climbing on the rocks and exploring the trails.
  • I love this place. For some it may seem a bit pricey but it is worth the cost of admission and it goes to a great cause. Just experiencing the drop in temperature and increased wind as you climb the mountain is quite incredible. Climbing on the rocks is fun, the zoo is great, and walking on the bridge is the big finale.
  • I'm giving this 5 stars because of the beauty of the place, and nice buildings and beautiful animal habitats. But, the Swinging Bridge was not all it's made out to be. It isn't a mile high at all, so I'm not sure why they call it that. Not scary at all. It only moves a little in high wind, but it DOESN'T swing! Promise! It was very windy up by the bridge so hang on to your hat or it could easily blow away in high winds. The gift shop is very nice as is the building with the grill. Great coffee! Beautiful gift shop there there too! Make sure to try out the amazing chimes hanging outside that gift shop. There's also a nice theatre that was showing a film about plants on the mountain and probably other related things (didn't have time to watch it unfortunately, but I checked out the film for a minute. So it's a nice place to sit and learn about the mountain. There's also a little museum that displays rocks, gems, and scuptures of birds of the area. Just take your time driving on the hairpin turns. Better to take a smaller car to navigate those or go when it's not busy so you can take wider turns without other cars around. Make sure to ask for the free CD they give at the entrance. It's like having your own personal tour guide along with you. Well worth it and it makes a great souvenir! Well narrated with very good music! Learn as much as you can before you go about the place. You'll appreciate it even more for all the special and unique features here. I got a kick out of the Forrest Gump turn! Yes they filmed there and Tom Hanks showed up for a visit, although it was his brother who appeared as his stand in in the scene where he's running on that turn. The guide CD explains all! I would appreciate some vegan options at the restaurant and some non dairy milk options, including the ice cream that's sold there. We would have gladly gotten something to eat if vegan was available. I'm adding this because the Grandfather Mountain staff reads these reviews. Hopefully they will give that consideration.
  • This spot has something for everyone. The visitor's center and animal park are great for little kids and there are plenty of hiking trails for all levels of experience. Gorgeous views and vistas no matter what you do there.