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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  • This visit to Grandfather Mountain was clearly worth the drive up to see the beautiful views and the animals in the habitats.  We ate at the restaurant and went to the nature museum also which was nice.  Really enjoyed the drive up.

    Thomasville, NC
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