What is Grandfather Mountain?

Grandfather Mountain is…

— a scenic travel destination;
— a globally recognized nature preserve;
— and the highest peak in the Blue Ridge mountains (elv. 5,946 feet).

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that operates the park.

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation strives to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain.

All proceeds from sales of tickets and souvenirs go toward caring for and presenting Grandfather Mountain in a manner that inspires good stewardship in others.

Main Attractions

— Lofty altitude gives guests the exhilarating sense of being above the surrounding mountains
— Beautiful mountain scenery
— Mile High Swinging Bridge
— Environmental Habitats for native wildlife: black bears, river otters, cougars, deer and bald eagles
— Nature Museum featuring: excellent exhibits about the natural history of the region, theater showing nature movies made on the Mountain
— Restaurant and gift shops
— South’s best alpine hiking trails: More than 12 miles of regularly maintained trails ranging from easy nature walks to strenuous backcountry challenges
— Picnicking: More than 100 picnic tables and grills are scattered throughout the park. The Woods Walk picnic area located on the right about 1/3 mile up the summit road is equipped with a water fountain and restrooms. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic. Those who have not planned ahead can purchase meals to go from the museum restaurant.
— Naturalist programs
— Special activities, programs and guided tours with the Mountain’s naturalists

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  • I visited Grandfather Mountain with my 3 daughters. We had a wonderful time. The staff was very friendly. The young man who was providing enrichment for the animals was especially knowledgeable and patient as my children asked lots of questions. My daughter asked to adopt "Jane" as a result of our visit and the information she received. Grandfather is a beautiful place and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
    Gibsonville, NC
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