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.


Leanna Curry

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Amazing views! We have always seen Grandfather Mountain in the distance, so it was nice to explore it. Because of the age of some of the people, we drove all the way to the bridge instead of hiking it (maybe next time). It was so beautiful to see the scenery and views. Very serene, at least until you get to the suspended bridge. There were families there whose children were not well behaved and performed as if they owned the bridge. The children were pushing people while they ran across the bridge , yet no word from the adults. In any event, we made it across the bridge even with the disruptions and movement of the suspension. I would highly suggest this outing for anyone. God's creations are amazingly beautiful and worth seeing.

Sandra Camacho-Bond

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Grandfather Mountain is a MUST DO when visiting western NC. I would recommend allotting at least 3 hours to enjoy all the stops. I would recommend visiting the bear enclosure around 1:30 when the rangers give the bears their daily stimulation (for us, it was a toilet paper roll stuffed with sheep hair). The 3 bears came out and were very close to the railing. We were able to enjoy them interacting with each other and the stimulation.

Corey Reynolds

Sunday, July 8, 2018
The mountain itself is excellent but we visited and did not get to see the bears or the cougars. The way it is set up, those animals are "resting during the middle of the day." I visited in the 80's & 90's and they were always out? I reckon they got lazy. Also, $26 submission seemed a but steep for what you get. Yes, Grandfather mountain is awesome. But that is a bit high. I can visit Peaks of Otter or Grayson for free. IMHO

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.

Moise Moctezuma

Thursday, June 21, 2018
The experience was good. The mile high bridge was a sight to see and the trails were fun to walk. The habitat exhibit was lacking a bit. The bears, elks, and cougars were not within any visible range. All in all, a good experience. The biggest downfall of this place is the $20 per person admission(not for vehicle, PER PERSON). I have never visited any park that is that expensive. To be honest, the amount of money spent is ridiculous. I counted about 100 different adults(not counting children) within the first hour of being there. For being a "non-profit", they are receiving a very large compensation. You are better off going to any of the other parks. I'm sure you can get to all of them and still save money in comparison to this location.