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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  • Grandfather Mountain you're big and you're high.  It seems that your shoulders help to hold up the sky.  I will never forget you till the day that I die.   Oh I will keep those old memories alive.

    If you have never been there a beauty so wild and so rare, it could even rival a rose.  And on a clear day from the top of his head, you can see clear to Charlotte below.

    Grandfather Mountain you're big and you're high.  It seems that your shoulders help to hold up the sky.  I will never forget you till the day that I die.  Oh I will keep those old memories alive.

    Hubert Alan Gragg
    Lenoir, NC
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