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Grandfather Mountain

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2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
+1 828-733-2013
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Way Overpriced!!!!

We were there last week. It was 37 degrees and very windy (40mph). When we got to the ticket... read more

Reviewed today
Linda F
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Hilltown, Pennsylvania
April dollar days

During April, Grandfather Mountain has made a tradition of offering discounted admission to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
travelingbillbury
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Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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Grandfather Mountain’s pristine scenery and sweeping vistas rejuvenate mind and spirit. At an elevation of 5,946 feet, Grandfather is recognized as one of the world’s most diverse nature preserves. Be exhilarated by the altitude and panoramic views from the Mile High Swinging Bridge; stand eye-to-eye with bears, cougars and otters in natural habitats. Dine in the restaurant or find a scenic picnic spot, browse the nature museum, wander the trails, go behind the scenes of the animal habitats, visit with knowledgeable naturalists, and stop for a treat at the fudge shop. Fill your day with family memories at place where wonders never cease.
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  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“mile high bridge” (188 reviews)
“fudge shop” (123 reviews)
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2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
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+1 828-733-2013
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Reviewed today

We were there last week. It was 37 degrees and very windy (40mph). When we got to the ticket booth, we were told that the swinging bridge and the road to it were closed because of the winds. So, the admission would only be $20/adult!!!!!...More

Thank Linda F
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Reviewed 3 days ago

During April, Grandfather Mountain has made a tradition of offering discounted admission to "locals"--those of us who live nearby can come and bring guests for much less than the regular cost. Usually, we try to go at least once, and try to make that a...More

Thank travelingbillbury
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Way to expensive now just to go in, I will not be going back. Shame, since it's such a beautiful area. But, large families should not have to break the bank to visit beautiful NC mountainside.More

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Frank R, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for writing, although I'm sorry to hear you feel we're too expensive. Admission, however, offers much more than just driving in to enjoy the views, which are, admittedly, pretty spectacular. Aside from the Mile High Swinging Bridge, which provides panoramic views of the entire...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved our visit! Great views! Great hiking! The rock on the other side of the bridge was a little scary! Forrest Gump hill was cool!More

Thank Alicia H
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Frank R, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for the awesome review! I'm glad to hear you had a fun time exploring the mountain. Be sure to look for Forrest Gump Curve the next time you watch the movie! Thanks again, and we look forward to having you and yours back...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love that Grandfather Mountain is a safe haven for injured wildlife that can no longer survive in the wild, as well as a rehab for injured wildlife who may be able to return to the wild in the future. The fudge shop is excellent...More

Thank Courtney P
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Frank R, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for the kind and thoughtful review. We're passionate about our animals, and we appreciate your taking the time to learn about our mission and efforts in providing them a comfortable home. Thank you, too, for the wonderful words about our facilities and offerings....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Second time around love this place. We just came back because we didn't reach the peak the first time because they were closing so we headed back to make the peak but trails were closed do to high windsMore

Thank BigJay10
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Frank R, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for the stellar review, and thank you more so for coming back! I'm glad the trails were to your liking and hope that you'll be able to summit the peak during your next visit. Thanks again, and we look forward to having you and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sometimes you just have to brave the elements and get over your fears to see heaven on earth. A beautiful vista and if you've never seen then color "petrol blue" - this is where to go. I'm scared of heights but just had to walk...More

Thank Queen14259
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved grandfather mountain! It is a little pricey. It was $49 for 2 adults an one kid but we also knew what we were paying when we got there. It’s on the website. Beautiful views! My 5 year old son especially loved it! We...More

Thank Danesa S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The bridge and animals are great! The options for picnics are endless. To get through the gate expect long lines and high prices.More

Thank Beltz12
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Frank R, Public Relations Manager at Grandfather Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for writing! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your time on the mountain. Regarding the long lines, it would appear you visited during one of our busiest times of year -- April Dollar Days. For the month of April, we offer discounted admission to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn’t know anything about Grandfather Mountain but we are sure glad we found it! The swinging bridge will leave you breathless if the wind doesn’t blow you over first. We also climbed Grandfather Track to witness some outstanding views of the country and the...More

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MelMatt45
24 April 2018|
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Response from Sandra C | Reviewed this property |
There are a lot of wheelchair accessible parts. The path through the animals, museum and a few paths. Although I have never taken a wheelchair across the swinging bridge there is an elevator to the bridge and path to it that... More
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woodymelissa54
19 April 2018|
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Response from Sandra C | Reviewed this property |
If you are from Mitchell, Avery, Wataga or Ashe counties it is $6 a car load (I believe)in December and April. Every day price is $20 for adults.
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darly51077
4 November 2017|
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Response from Frank R | Property representative |
Yes, leashed dogs are allowed in the Grandfather Mountain nature park; just not in buildings or in the animal habitats area.
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