Grandfather Mountain


At 5,946 feet, this is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A long and winding road leads to the top, and the popular Mile-High Swinging Bridge—a 228-foot-long steel-cable suspension bridge above a chasm—leads to breathtaking vistas. The park also has 11 trails that vary in degrees of difficulty from a gentle walk to a rigorous trek.

The Nature Museum has a collection of North Carolina gems and minerals as well as displays on regional wildlife like bears, cougars, and otters. Mildred’s Grill, in the museum building, serves a basic menu of soups, sandwiches, and salads. The Fudge Shop serves freshly made batches, often in seasonal flavors like pumpkin pie or peppermint candy.


2050 Blowing Rock Hwy.
Linville, North Carolina 28646


36.08491600, -81.84618800

Open Hours

Spring: daily 9--6. Summer: daily 8--7. Fall: daily 9--6. Winter: daily 9--5.
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(828) 733-2013

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