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Fall Visits: Insider Tips

Fall Visits: Insider Tips

The fall season on Grandfather Mountain (September & October) is certainly a favorite for many as the crisp cooler temperatures ushers in the leaf color…

Fall Color Ramble

Fall Color Ramble

As the Blue Ridge Mountains begin to burst with fall color, Grandfather Mountain invites leaf-lookers to see the brilliant change from one of the best…

Fall Visits: Insider Tips

Fall Color Gallery 2022

Enjoy a sampling of our fall colors this season with these photographs. Check back for daily additions from late September throughout October. During this time,…

Fall Color Ramble

Fall Color Ramble

From Oct. 1-10, guests can enjoy short, guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 15, folks can join the park’s naturalists for…

Fall Color Ramble

Fall Color Ramble

From Oct. 1-10, guests can enjoy short, guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 15, folks can join the park’s naturalists for…

Fall at Overlook Results in Fatality

Fall at Overlook Results in Fatality

At approximately 10 a.m. on October 23, 2022, an emergency call reporting a missing person was dispatched from Grandfather Mountain, the not-for-profit nature park run…

Winter Work Behind Welcoming Guests

Winter Work Behind Welcoming Guests

Grandfather Mountain, the not-for-profit nature park run by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, is known for its extremes: an impressive rise in elevation above the…

Daily Programs

Daily Programs

During your visit, attend one of our Daily Programs in April-October presented by our animal habitat curators and park educators. These fascinating interpretive programs throughout…

Birding

Birding

Grandfather Mountain towers above its surrounding region with a 1,500-foot vertical drop into the Linville River Valley to the west and a 4,000-foot vertical drop…

Field Trip Scholarship Fund

Field Trip Scholarship Fund

In spring 2015, Grandfather Mountain launched its Field Trip Scholarship Fund to benefit school groups in need of financial assistance to defray the cost of…

September 2022 Weather

September 2022 Weather

September 2022 saw average weather on Grandfather Mountain, according to data recorded at the park’s official weather reporting stations. The average high temperature for September…

Eagles

Eagles

Bald Eagle nests along fresh or salt waters in North America, with more than two thirds of the U.S. population native to Alaska. In the…

Firefly Species on Grandfather

Firefly Species on Grandfather

Research on Grandfather Mountain has confirmed the presence of 10 species of fireflies or illuminating insects: Photinus carolinus – Synchronous FireflySynchronous firefly males produce a…

October 2022 Weather

October 2022 Weather

October 2022 saw average weather on Grandfather Mountain, and fairly cool temperatures, according to data recorded at the park’s official weather reporting stations. The average…

Weather

Weather

Grandfather Mountain has some of the most extreme and quick changing weather on the east coast. Temperatures are usually 10-15 degrees cooler than the foothills…

Rhododendron Rambles

During the last week of May and the first week of June, parts of the Blue Ridge Mountains tend to look a little more pink…

FAQs

FAQs

1. What is included with admission? Paid admission includes many things to do! At the Wilson Center for Nature Discover, find exhibits about the mountain,…

August 2022 Weather Report

August 2022 Weather Report

August 2022 saw at least trace amounts of rain on 27 days – two days shy of the record 29 days of precipitation for this…

Grandfather Mountain Hiking Tips

Grandfather Mountain Hiking Tips

Hiking on one of the most rugged peaks in the eastern United States offers spectacular scenery and special challenges. Here are some tips to help…

Hugh Morton

Hugh Morton

Hugh Morton (1921-2006) opened the Grandfather Mountain travel attraction after inheriting the mountain from his grandfather. He never considered himself its “owner,” but rather its…

Annual Events

Annual Events

We have many annual events on Grandfather Mountain that have become a favorite annual tradition for many of our guests. Presented by the Grandfather Mountain…

Tickets, Online Reservations & Hours

Tickets, Online Reservations & Hours

NOTICE Tickets must now be purchased online! Read more below and on this webpage. Planning to visit in February 2023? We are working on a ticketing…

Ajax

Ajax

Ajax the Bald Eagle arrived at Grandfather Mountain on Aug. 26, 2015. He came to us from the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in…

Grandfather Mountain | Home to the Swinging Bridge, Animal Habitats and Nature Museum

GPS: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Mailing: PO Box 129, Linville, NC 28646
1-800-468-7325

Owned & operated by Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.
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