Ecology Grandfather Mtn

Grandfather’s Unique Ecology

Of all the treasures in the Northwest North Carolina mountains, the most valuable is their magnificent ecological diversity; the great medley of plants, animals, climate and terrain that bring depth, vitality and beauty to the quality of life in the Southern Appalachians.

Standing watch over this ecological abundance, 300-million-year-old Grandfather Mountain is both a symbol for and a protector of the region’s priceless natural history.

In November 1992, the United Nations added Grandfather Mountain to its international network of Biosphere Reserves. Grandfather is unique because in less than 5,000 acres, there is habitat for 16 distinct ecological communities and 72 rare or endangered species.

Grandfather Mountain is also the symbol for and protector of the future of our treasured natural diversity. More than 4,500 acres are protected under conservation easements held either by The Nature Conservancy or the state of North Carolina, all designed to restrict or prohibit any development that would change the present character of this valuable nature preserve.

Weather Grandfather Mtn

Weather

Read about our unique weather. Get current forecast and reports.

16 Natural Communities

These ecological communities support a unique web of life. Read more.

Endangered Species

Endangered plants and animals, ranked according to rarity. See our list.

Grandfather Mtn Wildflowers

Wildflower Calendar

Find the blooms for each month. See the list.

Fall Color Gallery

Fall Color Gallery

See scenes of autumn’s beauty at Grandfather. Go to gallery.

conservation easement

Preserving Grandfather

Protected through conservation easements. Read more.

Synchronous Fireflies

Synchronous Fireflies

Synchronous fireflies give an amazing light show. Read more.

Grandfather Geology

Geology of Grandfather

The mountain’s ancient history rocks. Read more.

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

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