What you’ll see

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Towering above northwest North Carolina, Grandfather Mountain is the region’s premier and most ecologically diverse nature preserve; a vast wild place, where knowledgeable guides and modern conveniences make a personal mountain adventure accessible to all.

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.

Proceeds from your ticket are used to preserve and protect Grandfather Mountain for future generations:

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that was established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park in the public interest and participate in educational and research 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.

Main Attractions:

  • Lofty altitude gives guests the exhilarating sense of being above the surrounding mountains
  • Beautiful mountain scenery
  • Mile High Swinging Bridge
  • Environmental Habitats for native wildlife: black bears, river otters, cougars, deer and bald eagles
  • Nature Museum featuring: excellent exhibits about the natural history of the region, theater showing nature movies made on the Mountain
  • Restaurant and gift shops
  • South’s best alpine hiking trails: More than 12 miles of regularly maintained trails ranging from easy nature walks to strenuous backcountry challenges
  • Picnicking: More than 100 picnic tables and grills are scattered throughout the park. The Woods Walk 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, programs and guided tours with the Mountain’s naturalists

Special Events

  • Naturalist Weekend
  • Nature Photography Weekend (weekend after Memorial Day)
  • Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble
  • Singing on the Mountain, an all-day gospel sing (fourth Sunday in June)
  • The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games & Gathering of the Scottish Clans (second full weekend in July)
  • Grandfather Mountain Campout
  • Professional and Amateur Camera Clinic (third weekend in August)
  • Kidfest (second Saturday in September)
  • Girl Scout Day
  • Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight
  • Fall Color hikes
  • Beary Scary Halloween

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  • I picked up my 6 year old son from school  and asked him if he could guess where I was gonna take him to spend the weekend. With eyes big and wide he asked, Grandfather Mt? I have never seen him get so happy. Or should I say, pumped up to the max. He thanked me over and over again, while packing for the night in the wild. As with most things in life can be, this was a gift that did not fade away or break like most  presents after minutes of play.  As we got closer  to the top he expressed his deepest thanks, I saw my boy grow up this weekend. I pushed him and he pushed me and together we made it all the way from 105 to the Swinging Bridge.  "Get Out More.  Make memories, not regrets."
    Sugar Mtn, NC
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