Plan Your Visit

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Planning Your Visit

Click here to download a brochure

2014 Attraction Admission

(Access Via Automobile Through Main Gate)

Phone: 828-733-4337 (Gate) 800-468-7325 (Office)
Adult 13-59 $20
Senior 60+ $18
Child 4-12 $9
Children under 4 Free


Ticket sales end one hour before the park closes.

Grandfather Mountain is open every day of the year, weather permitting, except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The Mountain also closes early on Christmas Eve and occasionally for staff training.

We recommend you arrive before 11 a.m. or after 3 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: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Park Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Winter hours
(Starting Nov. 3)
Ticket sales: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Park Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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  • My family and I visited from NJ. If you love nature, you will love Grandfather Mountain. It is a steep drive in your car, but worth it for a wonderful view. There is hiking at many different levels, animals and great picture taking. Enjoy!

    Villa, NC
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