Purchasing advance tickets online is highly recommended. More info! 

Mile High Swinging Bridge

Things to Do

Welcome to Grandfather Mountain! Our nature park is home to amazing biodiversity and scenic beauty. From the Mile-High Swinging Bridge to wildlife habitats, hands-on exhibits and spectacular hiking, find plenty to explore. See our many things to see and do.

Grandfather Glows

Grandfather Glows 2024

Our annual Grandfather Glows firefly events open the nature park for three nights during late June to early July for special bioluminescent evenings, weather and conditions permitting. Enter the lottery May 20 – 27 for a chance to purchase tickets for this special event. Learn more here.

Events Calendar


Enjoy one of our special events during your visit! The vast majority are included with your park admission fee. Visit after hours, take a workshop or bring the kids for extra hands-on fun. Go to our Calendar of Events.

Grandfather Mtn Daily Programs

Daily Programs

During your visit, attend mulitple Daily Programs in April-October presented by our animal habitat curators and park educators. These fascinating interpretive talks throughout the park are included in your admission. See all the options!

Meet the Bears Tour


For an extra special VIP tour, go behind-the-scenes with our naturalists and wildlife experts. These are purchased in addition to your admission ticket. Advance reservations are recommended. Get details.

Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Make the most out of your time with us! Get all the details to plan the perfect trip. Book tickets, see our hours, dining options, directions, weather forecast, accessibility options, souvenir shopping, trail maps and more! Start planning.

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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

Owned & operated by Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.
Go here for Grandfather Mountain State Park information.
Member of Southern Highlands Attractions