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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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Linville, NC
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Linville, this vacation home is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Pisgah National Forest and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Linville Golf Club. Sugar Mountain Resort and Grandfather Mountain are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    MAY Sale 10,000 Sq. Ft. 3 Kitchens, 7 Bed, 8.5 Bath, Hot Tub, Pool, Gym, Games
    MAY Sale 10,000 Sq. Ft. 3 Kitchens, 7 Bed, 8.5 Bath, Hot Tub, Pool, Gym, Games

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    Linville, NC
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Linville vacation home is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Grandfather Golf and Country Club and Sugar Mountain Resort. Sugar Creek Gem Mine is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

      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

      Upscale Home with Pool Table, Theater Room, Close to Grandfather and Sugar Mtn, Gated Community

      Linville, NC
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Linville Ridge, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Grandfather Golf and Country Club and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Linville Golf Club. Sugar Mountain Resort and Pisgah National Forest are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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        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
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Linville Ridge, this vacation home is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Grandfather Golf and Country Club and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Sugar Mountain Resort. Sugar Creek Gem Mine is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

          Meagan's Loft - Seven Devils! Great Views, Game Room, Hot Tub
          Meagan's Loft - Seven Devils! Great Views, Game Room, Hot Tub

          Meagan's Loft - Seven Devils! Great Views, Game Room, Hot Tub

          Linville, NC
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Linville Ridge, this romantic cabin is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Grandfather Golf and Country Club and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Sugar Mountain Resort. Sugar Creek Gem Mine is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

            Enchanting Mountain Stream Hideaway in Banner Elk, 3 miles from Ski Sugar!! $125
            Enchanting Mountain Stream Hideaway in Banner Elk, 3 miles from Ski Sugar!!

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            Banner Elk, NC
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Grandfather Trout Farm, Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, and Sugar Creek Gem Mine. Sugar Mountain Resort and Hawksnest Tubing Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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              4BR, 3BA Cabin near Grandfather Mountain, Near to Sugar Mountain Ski Resort

              4BR, 3BA Cabin near Grandfather Mountain, Near to Sugar Mountain Ski Resort

              Banner Elk, NC
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the mountains, this cabin is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Grandfather Trout Farm and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Grandfather Vineyard & Winery. Sugar Mountain Resort and Hawksnest Tubing Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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                MAY Sale!!! Gated Luxury Estate Linville Ridge Sleeps 28 7 Bed 6 Bath Hot Tub

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                Linville, NC
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Linville Ridge, this historic vacation home is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Sugar Mountain Resort and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Sugar Creek Gem Mine. Grandfather Golf and Country Club and Linville Golf Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).