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Grandfather Mountain

Walk the Mile High Swinging Bridge, hike along one of the many trails and visit the nature museum at this remarkable mountain near Linville, North Carolina. 

Grandfather Mountain is a non-profit attraction and a North Carolina state park. Tread the Mile High Swinging Bridge, America’s highest suspension footbridge. This engineering masterpiece gives visitors a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view from the mountain’s Linville Peak.

Hike along one of 11 trails available at Grandfather Mountain. Stroll casually through the woods or take on a more rigorous trek with a difficult peak trail. Book a guided hike with an interpretive ranger, who will help you experience the backcountry in a whole new way. Call the interpretive ranger office to arrange a unique and educational hiking experience.

Discover cougars, black bears, white-tailed deer, bald eagles and river otters at Grandfather Mountain’s seven environmental habitats. Unlike city zoos, these large enclosures allow visitors to view the animals in their natural settings. Cougars, for example, no longer live in the wild on Grandfather Mountain. Experience the undisturbed wildlife from elevated platforms above the habitats.

Visit the Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum, where you’ll find over two dozen interesting exhibits. These displays are intended to educate visitors on the natural history of the mountain and its surrounding areas. Exhibits include a stunning collection of North Carolina gems and minerals, birdlife and Native American artifacts. Find information on early explorers to visit the mountain, including Andre Michaux, Daniel Boone and Asa Gra.

Hike from a trailhead outside the attraction and access trails within the Grandfather Mountain State Park for free. Weather permitting, Grandfather Mountain is open year-round excluding Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Admission price covers visits to the main attractions including the Mile High Swinging Bridge.

After exploring the trails, habitats and exhibits, stop at the Fudge Shop for freshly made delicious treats or dine al fresco with lunch options from Mildred’s Grill. Camp in the Grandfather Mountain Campground or rent a cabin and discover some of the many recreational activities available.

Grandfather Mountain is about 70 miles (110 kilometers) from Asheville. On a very clear day you may be able to see the high-rises of Charlotte over 80 miles (130 kilometers) away. Enjoy a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the area.


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Lodging Near Grandfather Mountain

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Bluegreen Vacations Blue Ridge Village an Ascend Resort

Bluegreen Vacations Blue Ridge Village an Ascend Resort

3781 Tynecastle Highway, Banner Elk
4.6
of 5, from 656 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Banner Elk resort is in the mountains, within 1 mi (2 km) of Sugar Creek Gem Mine and Sugar Mountain Resort, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Grandfather Golf and Country Club and Banner House Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

This Weekend!!! Waterfall! HOT Tub! Watauga River! Wifi! Btw Boone/banner Elk

This Weekend!!! Waterfall! HOT Tub! Watauga River! Wifi! Btw Boone/banner Elk

61 The Glens Blvd, Banner Elk
4.6
of 5, from 5 reviews
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Situated in Banner Elk, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Grandfather Trout Farm, Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, and Sugar Mountain Resort. Sugar Creek Gem Mine is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

Breathtaking Long Range Unobstructed Mountain Views

Breathtaking Long Range Unobstructed Mountain Views

116 Skyleaf Lane, Banner Elk
5.0
of 5, from 13 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Banner Elk, this condo is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Sugar Mountain Resort and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Sugar Creek Gem Mine. Grandfather Golf and Country Club and Banner House Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Sensational 8th Floor Condo end Unit in Sugar Mountain

Sensational 8th Floor Condo end Unit in Sugar Mountain

303 Sugar Top Dr, Sugar Mountain
5.0
of 5, from 6 reviews
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Situated in Banner Elk, this property is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Sugar Mountain Resort and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Sugar Creek Gem Mine. Grandfather Golf and Country Club and Banner House Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Enjoy Picturesque Views Of Ski Slopes At Sugar Mountain

Enjoy Picturesque Views Of Ski Slopes At Sugar Mountain

303 Sugar Top Drive, Sugar Mountain
4.7
of 5, from 16 reviews
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Situated in Banner Elk, this property is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Sugar Mountain Resort and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Sugar Creek Gem Mine. Grandfather Golf and Country Club and Banner House Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Gorgeous log Cabin Experience With the Comfort or Convenience of a Gated Resort!

Gorgeous log Cabin Experience With the Comfort or Convenience of a Gated Resort!

303 Sugar Top Dr, Sugar Mountain
4.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Banner Elk, this condo is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Sugar Mountain Resort and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Sugar Creek Gem Mine. Grandfather Golf and Country Club and Banner House Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Smoketree Lodge, a VRI Resort

Smoketree Lodge, a VRI Resort

11914 Highway 105, Banner Elk
4.3
of 5, from 23 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Banner Elk, this apartment is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Grandfather Trout Farm and within 3 mi (5 km) of Grandfather Vineyard & Winery and The Greater Foscoe Mining Co.. Sugar Creek Gem Mine and Grandfather Golf and Country Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Only $99.00 A Night FOR Your 'getaway' AT Sugartop Resort AT Unit 2415 or 2717

Only $99.00 A Night FOR Your 'getaway' AT Sugartop Resort AT Unit 2415 or 2717

303 Sugar Top Drive, 2717, Sugar Mountain
4.8
of 5, from 58 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Banner Elk, this condo is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Sugar Mountain Resort and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Sugar Creek Gem Mine. Grandfather Golf and Country Club and Banner House Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).