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.
- Beautiful mountain scenery
- Mile High Swinging Bridge
- Environmental Habitats for native wildlife
- Black Bears, River Otters, Cougars, Deer and a Golden Eagle
- 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.
- 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. Those who have not planned ahead can purchase fried chicken or sandwiches 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.