a fantastic place to spend a day enjoying the beauty of nature
Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This state owned park is home to 16 distinct natural communities, with 70 rare or endangered species, 29 that are globally imperiled. It is a natural animal habitat providing homes to native wildlife which includes black bears, river otters, deer, cougars and eagles. The mountains ecological system is said to be one of the most diverse in the region.
Should you choose to hike Grandfather's trails from the attraction side, driving up from the gate, you have access to all aspects of the attraction while you are there, including four inside park trails. Grandfather Extension Trail, Bridge Trail, Black Rock Nature Trail, and Woods Walk.
Near the top of the mountain, there is an amazing bridge called the Mile High Swinging Bridge that you can walk across. Located more than a mile above sea level, it was rebuilt in 2000 to span an 80 foot deep ravine. On this mountain you can see animals native to the high country such as black bears, deer, otters, panthers, golden & bald eagles.
The Nature Museum has award winning films in the auditorium, you can tour a gallery of excellent exhibits about the area's natural history and also enjoy spending time with a staff naturalist learning about the fascinating life on this amazing mountain. You can even stop for lunch at Mildred's Grill.