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Grandfather Mountain
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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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Mountain Paradise Inside Grandfather Golf and Country Club Resort
Mountain Paradise Inside Grandfather Golf and Country Club Resort
Linville, NC
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Situated in Linville, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pisgah National Forest, Grandfather Mountain State Park, and Linville Golf Club. Sugar Mountain ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (44 reviews)
Nice , roomy house. Very kind renter.
"We enjoyed our stay at GG CC. It is a beautiful place. The house was nice and had everything needed. It was a perfect t location . We would rent it again. It is difficult to find one in the country club and we were thankful to find it.. The renter, Georgia was a lovely host."

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

Mountain Paradise Inside Grandfather Golf and Country Club Resort
Upscale Home With Pool Table, Theater Room, Close to Grandfather and Sugar Mtn, Gated Community
Upscale Home With Pool Table, Theater Room, Close to Grandfather and Sugar Mtn, Gated Community
Linville, NC
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This family-friendly Linville cabin is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Grandfather Golf and Country Club and Linville Golf Club. Sugar Mountain ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Lovely home in Linville Ridge
"We spent a week in October in this house and found it to be spacious and comfortable. Nice kitchen, great floor plan, and a quiet beautiful area. We would definitely rent this house again."

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

Upscale Home With Pool Table, Theater Room, Close to Grandfather and Sugar Mtn, Gated Community
Beautiful 1 Bedroom Unit at Resort, Sleeps 4
Beautiful 1 Bedroom Unit at Resort, Sleeps 4
Banner Elk, NC
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Located in Tynecastle, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Grandfather Mountain State Park and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Sugar Mountain Resort. Sugar ...
Beautiful 1 Bedroom Unit at Resort, Sleeps 4
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Reviews of Grandfather Mountain

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Dec 29, 2019

Go earlier in the day if it’s a nice day. They have limited parking for the bridge and we had to wait about 45 minutes. They have other stuff to do so make a part day trip and pack a lunch

3/5 - Okay

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Jun 16, 2019

DID NOT GO!

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Oct 19, 2018

arrive early

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Mountain Paradise Inside Grandfather Golf and Country Club Resort
Mountain Paradise Inside Grandfather Golf and Country Club Resort
Linville, NC
Mountain Paradise Inside Grandfather Golf and Country Club Resort
Upscale Home With Pool Table, Theater Room, Close to Grandfather and Sugar Mtn, Gated Community
Upscale Home With Pool Table, Theater Room, Close to Grandfather and Sugar Mtn, Gated Community
Linville, NC
Upscale Home With Pool Table, Theater Room, Close to Grandfather and Sugar Mtn, Gated Community
Beautiful 1 Bedroom Unit at Resort, Sleeps 4
Beautiful 1 Bedroom Unit at Resort, Sleeps 4
Banner Elk, NC
Beautiful 1 Bedroom Unit at Resort, Sleeps 4
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Beautiful 2 Bedroom Unit at Resort, Sleeps 8
Banner Elk, NC
Beautiful 2 Bedroom Unit at Resort, Sleeps 8
Luxury Mtn Home in Linville Ridge, 4BR Suites, Views, Hot Tub, Near Slopes of Sugar Mtn
Luxury Mtn Home in Linville Ridge, 4BR Suites, Views, Hot Tub, Near Slopes of Sugar Mtn
Linville, NC
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2BR Cottage in Banner Elk, Views, Firepit, Near Hiking, Skiing, Golf, Tennis, Pet Friendly
Banner Elk, NC
2BR Cottage in Banner Elk, Views, Firepit, Near Hiking, Skiing, Golf, Tennis, Pet Friendly
Cozy, Romantic 1BR Stone Cottage - Kitchen, FP, Fire Pit - View of Grandfather, Near Sugar Mtn!
Cozy, Romantic 1BR Stone Cottage - Kitchen, FP, Fire Pit - View of Grandfather, Near Sugar Mtn!
Banner Elk, NC
Cozy, Romantic 1BR Stone Cottage - Kitchen, FP, Fire Pit - View of Grandfather, Near Sugar Mtn!
Charming 3BR Stone Cottage With Fireplace Near Grandfather & Sugar Mtns, Courtyard w/ Fire Pit
Charming 3BR Stone Cottage With Fireplace Near Grandfather & Sugar Mtns, Courtyard w/ Fire Pit
Banner Elk, NC
Charming 3BR Stone Cottage With Fireplace Near Grandfather & Sugar Mtns, Courtyard w/ Fire Pit
5br/4.5ba Luxury Home, Gated Community, Mountain Views, Game Room, Hot Tub, 2 Miles to Golf, Skiing!
5br/4.5ba Luxury Home, Gated Community, Mountain Views, Game Room, Hot Tub, 2 Miles to Golf, Skiing!
Banner Elk, NC
5br/4.5ba Luxury Home, Gated Community, Mountain Views, Game Room, Hot Tub, 2 Miles to Golf, Skiing!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.