What is Grandfather Mountain?

twin peaks1 What is Grandfather Mountain?

Grandfather Mountain is…

  • a scenic travel attraction
  • a globally recognized nature preserve
  • and one of the highest peaks in the Blue Ridge mountains (elv. 5946 feet)

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is:

  • a not-for-profit corporation established to
    • preserve Grandfather Mountain
    • operate the nature park in the public interest
    • participate in educational and research activities

One ticket price includes everything:

Guests purchase tickets (one ticket per person) and drive their own vehicles through the park, stopping along the way to enjoy a variety of activities. 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

  • Beautiful mountain scenery
  • Mile High Swinging Bridge
  • Environmental Habitats for native wildlife
    • Black Bears, River Otters, Cougars, Deer and Bald Eagles
  • Nature Museum
    • excellent exhibits about the natural history of the region
    • theater that shows nature movies made on the Mountain
    • restaurant and gift shop
    • fudge shop makes fudge daily
  • South’s best alpine hiking trails
    • More than 12 miles of regularly maintained trails ranging in difficulty from easy nature walks to strenuous backcountry challenges
  • Picnicking
    • Over 100 picnic tables and grills are scattered throughout the park. The 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 or purchase meals to go from the Museum restaurant.
  • Naturalist Programs
    • Special activities and programs with the Mountain’s naturalists are presented daily during the summer months and are included in the price of admission.
    • Guided tours and guided hikes with the Mountain’s naturalists are available for an additional fee. Phone 828-733-4326 for reservations.
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