It’s not a race to enjoy our views. But it sure used to be.
It’s been decades since sports cars have officially raced up Grandfather Mountain, and reveled at the top. But some things haven’t changed: many visitors still rush to the top, only to stop and celebrate the unstoppable scenery. Whether the thrill of the drive or the wonder of the views are your motivation, your group is invited to park your cars—or not—on Grandfather’s hills.
History of Automobiles on Grandfather
The slopes and switchbacks of Grandfather Mountain have, understandably, always been exhilarating to motorists. In the 1950s and early 60s, the mountain held an annual Hillclimb, inviting drivers to race to the top. What’s more, Grandfather’s long-range views and curvy roads have appeared in television, film and print over the years. The Mountain’s most famous stretch of road is “Forrest Gump Curve” named for its appearance in the 1994 film’s famous running scene. Also, the world’s most watched car program, the BBC’s Top Gear, filmed at Grandfather in September 2010. The trio of hosts revved their supercar engines and raced up and down the hairpin curves of Grandfather before heading down to NASCAR country. The Mountain’s switchbacks are also a popular spot for car commercials, as Ford Motor Company has picked Grandfather Mountain as a location for promotional shooting twice since 2009. The easily-accessed and unblemished views provided from the peaks of Grandfather are second to none, and offer a location for car clubs that provides a personal experience and nature on a whole different level.
Car clubs receive the group admission rates to enter into the Grandfather Mountain attraction if there are 20 or more people in their party. Please call the Group Tour Coordinator Erin Henry, 800-468-7325, to make your reservation. You must make reservations (Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm) to receive the group rate.)
|Group Admission Rates|
|Group Senior (60 and over)||$18|
|Driver & Escort (for motor coach tours)||FREE|
The 140-seat Nature Museum Restaurant serves hot, tasty food at reasonable prices. Meals ordered in advance will be ready and waiting for you at the time that best fits into your schedule. Ask for a menu. A private dining room is also available.
The Mountain has over 100 picnic tables in scenic locations throughout the park, including a covered picnic area situated next to the Nature Museum. Your group is welcome to bring its own picnic, or our staff will be happy to prepare box lunches for you.
Because sharp curves near the top of the mountain restrict commercial motor coaches and some school buses to the lower part of the mountain, Grandfather provides free shuttle service to the top in its own buses. Reservations for the shuttle buses are required.
Motor coaches or buses longer than 28′ are not allowed in the park on weekends. No exceptions will be made.