Hours and Rates

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Planning Your Visit

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2015 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 on other dates 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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  • 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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