Boulder Club Members

Bob and Betsy Gefaell

Bob and Betsy Gefaell

This boulder is located at the west end of the bridge parking lot at the base of Morton Peak. It is downslope from the Ruggiero Boulder. This area habitats many rare and endangered species, such as Allegheny Sand Myrtle.
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Bob and Susan Wilson

Bob and Susan Wilson

This boulder is the highest rock at Cliffside Overlook, the original terminus of the road. From here, past visitors would hike up to the higher peaks of Grandfather Mountain. From the top of this boulder, you can enjoy nearly 360 degree views of the surrounding...
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Bob and Susan Wilson

Bob and Susan Wilson

This boulder is one of the largest boulders at Cliffside Overlook, the original terminus of the park road. This area is a great place have a picnic. Views to the east look to Grandmother Mountain and the peaks on the rim of the Linville Gorge, the closest...
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Bob and Susan Wilson

Bob and Susan Wilson

This boulder is nestled in the vegetation at Cliffside Overlook. It has an interesting diversity of plants beside it. Huckleberries, Blue Ridge Goldenrod and Silverling are found alongside this boulder.
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Bruce and Mary Rinehart

Bruce and Mary Rinehart

Low cluster of boulders located under the nice Red Spruce (the Burton Tree) on the right side of the parking lot at Cliffside.
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Danny, Chris and Jackie Herman in memory of Justin Herman

Danny, Chris and Jackie Herman in memory of Justin Herman

A metasandstone rock that is mostly covered in several species of lichens and mosses. It is located in the spruce-fir forest along the Extension Trail. It is surrounded by many wildflowers in the spring and summer, as well as rosebay rhododendron. Due to the habitat,...
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David and Cathy Thompson

David and Cathy Thompson

Very large boulder at Cliffside Overlook. Located on the left side, looking out onto Linville. This was the original location of the Top Shop.
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Dr. and Mrs. James Wood

Dr. and Mrs. James Wood

This is a prominent rock feature in the Woods Walk Picnic Area. The metasandstone rock is nestled in the Northern Hardwood Forest, and the sides are covered with mosses and lichens, with ferns growing in the cracks. The top of the rock has less of this vegetation due...
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Jerry and Janet Enos

Jerry and Janet Enos

Bubba’s Rock is adopted in gratitude for the reminder of nature’s awe-inspiring endurance, located near the iconic Forrest Gump curve.
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Jim Morton

Jim Morton

This unique cluster of boulders, with multiple cracks and fractures is a favorite of visitors. It lies just beneath Linville Peak and provides an incredible vantage point to peaks in the High Country, including Mount Mitchell.
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Jim Morton

Jim Morton

This petite boulder has a unique feature. This hole likely started as a weathering pit; these pits are formed from the erosive power of wind and water swirling sediments around an area to form a circular indention in the rock.
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Jim Morton

Jim Morton

This large round boulder is located near the top of the Bridge Trail below the Swinging Bridge. It serves as a great resting stop and reflection point for park visitors. The Mile High Swinging Bridge was originally placed across the gorge below in 1952.
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Jim Morton

Jim Morton

This boulder is located near the top of the Bridge Trail under the Mile High Swinging Bridge. American Mountain Ash, a common tree of the high elevations of Grandfather Mountain, is found nearby this boulder. The tree produces an abundance of red berries for wildlife...
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Jim Morton

Jim Morton

This elongated boulder near the summit of Linville Peak is a great vantage point to areas on the eastern side of Grandfather Mountain. Points of interest here include the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Pisgah National Forest and on the clearest days, the skyline of...
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John and Susan Holbrook

John and Susan Holbrook

This boulder is the gateway boulder to the Mildred the Bear Environmental Habitats. School groups often visit the animal habitats to learn about the park’s native wildlife.
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John Harris

John Harris

On July 13, 1974, John Harris became the first man to fly a hang glider off Grandfather Mountain. The 1500-foot flight was described in The State magazine this way: For a few glorious moments, Harris soared free of the earth, sailing effortlessly over the valley, with...
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Jon Barrett

Jon Barrett

This large block-shaped boulder, presumably was once connected to Morton Peak. It is currently resting on the western slope and prominently visible from the Mile High Swinging Bridge.
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Julia Morton

Julia Morton

Morton Peak was formerly known as Second Peak is located north of Linville Peak. It is roughly twenty feet higher than Linville Peak. It is named in honor of the Morton family, the founders of the park. This family has worked tirelessly to create the nature park and...
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Kelly and Meredith Graves

Kelly and Meredith Graves

This boulder, located in the lower bear habitat, was once a popular location for Mr. Morton, who photographed bears with park visitors. As a park policy, we no longer enter the bear habitats.
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Richard and Mary Hill

Richard and Mary Hill

A metasandstone rock that is partially covered in lichens, mosses, and ferns that are growing in the crevices. It is located in the Woods Walk Picnic Area within a Northern Hardwood Forest shaded by red maples, northern red oaks, and American beech trees.
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Sebastian Ruggiero

Sebastian Ruggiero

This massive boulder is located just off of the Mile High Swinging Bridge parking area. High elevation rocky outcroppings provide habitat for rare and endangered plants and animals, including Blue Ridge Goldenrod.
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Sebastian Ruggiero

Sebastian Ruggiero

This rectangular boulder is located on the west end of the Mile High Swinging Bridge parking lot. Some of the highest winds in the state funnel through this parking lot, especially in the winter.
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Tica Walley

Tica Walley

Writer’s Block is located at the foot of the famous Anvil Rock cabin. The cabin was a month-long residence for the late author Charles Kuralt. Kuralt used this location to write Charles Kuralt’s America. This historic cabin has been a retreat for special guests to...
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Tica Walley

Tica Walley

This boulder is located just above the North American River Otter Habitat. A park amphitheater which hosted bear programs was once situated at the base of this rock. Today it forms a boundary to the River Otter habitat area.
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Tucker and Karen Mann

Tucker and Karen Mann

This Peaceful Place is surrounded by Red Spruce, Eastern Hemlock, Mountain Ash, Yellow Birch and Rosebay Rhododendron.
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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
1-800-468-7325

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