Grandfather Mountain

2050 Blowing Rock Highway

Grandfather Mountain is:

The highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountain range (elevation 5,964 ft)

The Mountain is privately owned and is operated as

a scenic travel attraction

a globally recognized nature preserve

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.

Main Attractions:

Beautiful mountain scenery

Mile High Swinging Bridge

Environmental Habitats for native wildlife

Black Bears, Bear cubs, River Otters, Cougars, Eagles and Deer

Nature Museum:

excellent exhibits about the natural history of the region

theater that shows nature movies made on the Mountain

restaurant and gift shop

South's best alpine hiking trails:

More than 12 miles of regularly maintained trails ranging in difficulty from easy nature walks to strenuous backcountry challenges.


Over 100 picnic tables and grills are scattered throughout the park.The 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 and programs with the Mountain's naturalists are presented daily from June 1 - August 18 and are included in the price of admission. Guided tours and guided hikes with the Mountain's naturalists  are available for an additional fee.

Phone 828-733-4326 for reservations.


Darlene Creech

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
We had a great day at Grandfather Mt. The weather was beautiful and we could go on the swinging bridge. The assistants were great, took a family photo and all. Nice gift shop at top. We had lunch in the restaurant and it was delicious! Everyone was so nice and courteous. We saw several animals at feeding time. Everything was very clean also.

Meghna R. Iyer

Thursday, June 14, 2018
I've been there like three times and it's amazing every time. It's so peaceful up there, though the bridge is kinda freaky. The air is so clear, and the wind is gusty but you really feel connected to nature up there. It's a nice change from the metropolitan areas and such that are everywhere today. :)

Daniel Louis

Monday, June 11, 2018
Amazing views. Unbelievable scenery. Well kept. Clean. Great roads and well marked signs. Very pricey for families but still worth it if you love amazing.

Benjamin Shamel

Friday, May 11, 2018
One of my family's favorite places to visit, Grandfather Mountain is a gem of North Carolina. The $20 per person cost may seem steep, but it's worth it. If you're new to Grandfather, I recommend it; the nature museum and small zoo are lovely, as is the Swinging Bridge (although it gets very crowded). The trails cross into the State Park side; be sure you are prepared for some exceedingly difficult hiking along the Grandfather Trail. There's nothing quite like that trail; ladders, cables, chutes, and boulders make the trail advanced. A special thanks to the Grandfather Mountain attraction side rangers for making sure I stayed safe since I was late getting to my car. Friendly and very helpful staff. I cannot recommend this special place enough! Please check it out y'all!

mike reitzel

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
I have been so blessed with the health and abilities to have hiked all of Grandfather Mountains trails. I have enjoyed the beauty of this mountain range in all four seasons and have found that I discover something wonderful and new each time venture into these woods. Hiking is not just rewarding to your health, "it changes your soul". Life's short, take a hike.