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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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Mountain Paradise Inside Grandfather Golf and Country Club Resort
Reviewed on Dec 27, 2018
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Mountain Paradise Inside Grandfather Golf and Country Club Resort

Mountain Paradise Inside Grandfather Golf and Country Club Resort

Grandfather, NC
     
    4.8 of 5
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    Our family spent Christmas in the house at Grandfather and had a wonderful time. Fireplace was excellent and the comfortable seating for everyone to enjoy it.Covered in snow when we arrived and more fresh snow fell while we were there. Abundant sledding and just a warm relaxed holiday break. I look ...

    Luxury Retreat With Views, Hot Tub, Stocked Kitchen, In & Outdoor Fireplaces, Gated Community
    Reviewed on Jan 30, 2019
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    Luxury Retreat With Views, Hot Tub, Stocked Kitchen, In & Outdoor Fireplaces, Gated Community

    Luxury Retreat With Views, Hot Tub, Stocked Kitchen, In & Outdoor Fireplaces, Gated Community

    Linville, NC
       
      5.0 of 5
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      Fabulous does not describe this retreat or cabin home. This elequent home had all the amenities we could ask for. The gated community, the roads and other homes and villas spread very spaced out. Over looks Grandfather Mountain, so we woke up to the back porch and a wonderful view. The home is well ...

      Upscale Home With Pool Table, Theater Room, Close to Grandfather and Sugar Mtn, Gated Community
      Reviewed on Sep 28, 2018
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      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
         
        4.5 of 5
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        Enjoyed our visit very much. The home was beautiful, clean and comfortable.

        Luxury Mountain Home
        Luxury Mountain Home

        Luxury Mountain Home

        Linville, NC
           
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          Situated in Linville, this vacation home 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).

          Meagan's Loft - Family Friendly, Game Room, Hot Tub
          Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019
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          Meagan's Loft - Family Friendly, Game Room, Hot Tub

          Meagan's Loft - Family Friendly, Game Room, Hot Tub

          Banner Elk, NC
             
            5.0 of 5
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            This cabin did not disappoint! It was perfect for our family of 5. The kids were outside taking pictures, playing pool and having fun sitting on the porch swing looking out at the mountains. It has the perfect "mountain cabin" feel and we made wonderful memories. The drive to Sugar Mountain was quick ...

            8 MIN TO SKI - Modern Rustic Secluded 4 BR 3 Bath Mountain Chateau Home Cottage
            Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019
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            8 MIN TO SKI - Modern Rustic Secluded 4 BR 3 Bath Mountain Chateau Home Cottage

            8 MIN TO SKI - Modern Rustic Secluded 4 BR 3 Bath Mountain Chateau Home Cottage

            Linville, NC
               
              5.0 of 5
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              Our three night stay was most wonderful at this very well done home. Our hosts were very accommodating. A perfect place for our group of four adults on a hiking trip to North Carolina's High Country.

              Adirondack-style Home, 3 Fireplaces, Game Room With Pool Table, View of Grandfather Mtn
              Adirondack-style Home, 3 Fireplaces, Game Room With Pool Table, View of Grandfather Mtn

              Adirondack-style Home, 3 Fireplaces, Game Room With Pool Table, View of Grandfather Mtn

              Banner Elk, NC
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in the mountains, this cabin is close to Sugar Creek Gem Mine, Sugar Mountain Resort, and Hawksnest Tubing Park. Local attractions also include Grandfather Mountain and Grandfather Golf and Country Club.

                Bluegreen Vacations Blue Ridge Village an Ascend Resort $167
                Reviewed on Mar 13, 2019
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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, NC
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Convenient location to sugar mountain skiing! Easy access and indoor pool. Gas fireplace and plenty of room