"Grandfather Mountain" Grandfather Favorite Tip by grandmaR

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  Looking down on parking lot and hanging bridge
by grandmaR

Favorite thing: One of the places that we visited was Grandfather Mountain. I don't know what the parameters for a visit were then. It was 45 years ago, and I didn't keep records of what it cost to go there.

Right now, according to the website, 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
o Black Bears, Bear cubs, River Otters, Cougars, Eagles and Deer
* Nature Museum
o excellent exhibits about the natural history of the region
o theater that shows nature movies made on the Mountain
o restaurant and gift shop
* South's best alpine hiking trails
o More than 12 miles of regularly maintained trails ranging in difficulty from easy nature walks to strenuous backcountry challenges.
* Picnicking
o 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.
o 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
o special activities, programs and guided tours with the Mountain's naturalist are available for an additional fee

Fondest memory: Ticket prices are:
Adult 13-59 $14
Senior 60+ $12
Child 4-12 $6
Children under 4 Free

(Ticket Sales End One Hour Before Closing)
We recommend you arrive before 11:00 a.m. or after 3:00 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 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Summer 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fall 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Winter 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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  • Written Apr 19, 2005
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