In keeping with the Mountain’s continued initiatives of environmental stewardship, the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship foundation has now launched  This new Internet resource is a nexus of information, helping the public discover the ways in which the Stewardship Foundation furthers its mission providing information on how people can donate or volunteer.

“The core message we would like everyone to take away from visiting this website is that anyone and everyone out there can play a part in the mission to preserve Grandfather Mountain for future generations,” said Catherine Morton, director for mission at the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.  “We hope the people that love Grandfather Mountain will visit this new website to read about the organization that cares for this place.  I hope the content will educate our fans about what the Stewardship Foundation is so that they can share that information with others.”

Designed as a companion to the attraction website and in the same format, explains why Grandfather Mountain is an important geological and biological treasure and what kind of measures are being taken to preserve it for all time.  In addition, the site enumerates all the programs available to lead the public to a deeper understanding and appreciation of Grandfather’s unique natural treasures.

There are also pages that explain the difference between the travel attraction, owned and operated by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, and Grandfather Mountain State Park, owned and operated by the state of North Carolina.

“Now that the undeveloped portion of the Mountain has become Grandfather Mountain State Park, folks are having a hard time understanding that the State Park and the tourist attraction are two different organizations,” said Morton.  “The State does not own or operate the attraction known for the bears and the bridge.”

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation’s mission to preserve the Mountain via conservation, education and inspiration is now easily accessible on the new site. For information and opportunities to donate or adopt an animal, or to sign up for the Stewardship Foundation’s e-newsletter, please visit

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park sustainably in the public interest, provide an exceptional experience for guests, and inspire them to be good stewards of the earth’s resources.  For more information, visit or call 800-468-7325.

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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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