Facilities & Amenities



There are restrooms available at

  • the Entrance gate where you enter
  • the picnic area located on the right 1/3 mile inside the park
  • the Nature Museum, half way up the Mountain
  • the Top Shop next to the Swinging Bridge

Elevator to Bridge

There is an elevator in the Top Shop providing handicap access to the Swinging Bridge.


Mildred’s Grill is a 140-seat family restaurant located in the Nature Museum. The menu offers soup, salads, sandwiches and picnic items at reasonable prices. Orders will be packaged “to go” for those wishing to find a picnic table. A 50-seat section of the restaurant can be closed off for private dining.

wolf Facilities & AmenitiesWood Carver’s Workshop

Tom Wolfe is one of America’s preeminent carvers of caricature figurines, and your family can watch him work when you visit his shop located next to the Woods Walk in the Grandfather Mountain picnic area. Stop in to hear his stories and to see his charming characters take shape. Tom is on site from 11 to 3 most days during the late spring, summer and fall –weather permitting. When you see his “woodcarver” sign hanging from the picnic area sign, you will know that Tom is welcoming visitors.

Picnic Tables & Grills

Over 100 picnic tables are scattered at pull off points and overlooks throughout the park. Most of the picnic spots have grills in addition to tables.

The picnic area located on the right about 1/3 mile up the summit road is equipped with a water fountain and restrooms.

ATM Available

The Automated Teller Machine is in the Nature Museum, half way up the Mountain.

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  • I was amazed with the scenery and the way the mountains just made my mouth drop in awe and wonder.  I have began hiking as a hobby lately after having a major back surgery in January 2010.  Now after coming there I have a new goal to hike up MacRae Peak so we will be coming back in a few months  and hopefully bring more people with us.  We really enjoyed the natural habitat and the bears. You people really know how to entertain us. The staff was very very and a special thanks to Jill on top of the Mountain at the Swinging Bridge for explaining the points and mountains to us.  She is to be my tour guide when I come back !
    Troutman, NC
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