Inspired views. Inspired you.
At Grandfather Mountain, everyone can experience natural wonders found nowhere else on Earth—and sometimes they’re even more awe-inspiring when you enjoy them with the whole group. Whether your group is looking for a place to reflect and reconnect, or an adventure to take you to new heights, you can find it here.
Reservations are essential.
To make your visit more enjoyable, Grandfather Mountain will limit the number of groups visiting each day. Contact Erin Henry at the Grandfather Mountain office at 800-468-7325 or 828-733-2013 as soon as possible to make sure your preferred date is available. You must make reservations (Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm) to receive the group rate.)
Groups pay by cash, check or credit card upon arrival. Purchase Orders will not be accepted.
Group Admission Rates
|Group Admission Rates|
|Group Senior (60 and over)||$18|
|Driver & Escort (for motor coach tours)||FREE|
Grandfather Mountain can accommodate just about any ability level. Views can be enjoyed even from a bus window, plus limited mobility visitors can visit the Swinging Bridge via elevator, picnic areas near parking lots, paved pathways along the animal habitats, and more. To learn more, visit the accessibility page.
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.
(Ticket Sales End One Hour Before The Park Closes)
We recommend you arrive before 11:00 a.m. or after 3:00 p.m. on summer weekends, holidays and fall color weekends. You’ll move through the Gate more quickly, there will be fewer people in the park, and the animals will be more active. If you can only schedule your visit for midday, we will always be ready to take care of your travel party.
|Spring Hours||Ticket sales: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Park Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
|Summer Hours||Ticket sales: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Park Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
|Fall Hours||Ticket sales: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Park Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
|Winter Hours (Starting November, 4 2013)||Ticket sales: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Park Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Open daily except Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day, weather permitting in winter.Days of Operation
Duration of Visit
On average, a group visit takes about 3 hours. Allow about ½ hour to walk through the animal habitats, 1 hour in the theater/museum/shop, ½ hour at the Mile High Swinging Bridge/Visitor Center, and ½ hour for lunch. Your visit can easily be shortened or lengthened, depending on group size. Expect a longer stay if your group opts for a habitat tour or naturalist program.
The 140-seat Nature Museum Restaurant serves hot, tasty food at reasonable prices. For extra convenience, order your meal in advance—we’ll have the food for your group ready and waiting at the time that best fits your schedule. A private dining room is also available. To see the current menu items, simply request a menu by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mountain has over 100 picnic tables located 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.
Your group’s visit to Grandfather Mountain will be even more fascinating when you participate in a naturalist program or habitat tour. Choose from a wide variety of topics, or let us customize a program to fit your group’s specific interests.
Groups may find these programs to be particularly interesting:
Habitat Tours: A guided walk through our Animal Habitats, talking about our animals, why they are important and the adaptations that help them survive in the wild. We welcome any questions about the animals.
Nature Near the Swinging Bridge: We focus on the rare and endangered plants and animals found on Grandfather Mountain, and relate the history of how it became a not-for-profit organization.
History of Grandfather Mountain: This program illustrates the history of Grandfather and the surrounding area through a slideshow picture presentation, using many of Mr. Hugh Morton’s photographs.
Wildflowers: Enjoy this program outdoors if the weather, wildflowers and abilities are suited to it, or indoors using a picture slideshow of the wildflowers of Grandfather Mountain.
Beginner Birding: Enjoy this program outdoors if the weather and abilities are suited to it, or indoors using a picture slideshow of the birds of Grandfather Mountain.
For more options of general content ideas that we can make into a program for your group, visit this link. Please call the Naturalist Department, 828-733-4326, to discuss programming.