On January 1st, in lieu of annual passes Grandfather Mountain will begin selling memberships to the Stewardship Foundation’s Bridge Club.  In addition to unlimited free admission to Grandfather Mountain for 365 days from the date of joining or renewal, the Bridge Club memberships will entitle members to discounts at the gift shops, restaurant and fudge shop as well as on behind the scenes tours, guided hikes and the family campout.

The group was named the “Bridge Club” because its members will connect Grandfather’s present to its future.  The support of the Bridge Club members will assure that the natural wonder experienced today at Grandfather Mountain will endure, as is or better, for the enrichment of generations to come.

Bridge Club memberships are available at $30 for an individual child, $70 for an individual adult, and $215 for a group of six (member + 5 guests traveling in the same vehicle).  Group memberships will be issued with two member names so that either member may present the card, whether traveling alone or as a couple.  Memberships are nontransferable and include the 6.75% NC Admission Tax.

Anyone who purchased an annual pass in 2013 who would like to upgrade to the benefits associated with the membership is invited to pay the difference between the 2013 annual pass purchase price and the corresponding membership fee.  The upgrade will entitle the 2013 pass holder to discounts at the gift shops, restaurant, fudge shop, and on guided hikes and behind the scenes tours,as well as invitations to member only events.

Beginning January 1 memberships can be purchased on the web at, over the phone by calling 828-733-4337, or in person by going inside the entrance gatehouse on your next visit.


Looking for a way to give back this holiday season? The Grandfather Mountain Adopt an Animal program is a great way to give a special gift to a friend or animal lover and in turn our furry friends at Grandfather will receive a special treat of their own! When you choose to adopt an animal with the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, your gift will be used to improve the lives of the animals in our care. These donation based gifts help us upgrade the habitats in which these animals live, and purchase toys and other distractions that are used as enrichment so that the animals have something different and fun to break up their routines each day.

Animals available for adoption include not only those commonly on display in the Habitats, but also the Stewardship Foundation’s other educational animals such as a corn snake, owls, and even Moochie the Cat, the Habitat mascot.  New to the program in 2013 is Griffin one of Grandfather Mountain’s two bald eagles and Taz, an educational skunk.

Adopt an Animal donation levels vary and each adoption includes a personalized certificate of adoption as well as a photograph and a description of the animal. In addition, the  $45 donation level and above include a plush animal and are packaged in a unique animal carrier box.  The cardboard carrier has images of many of Grandfather’s animals on it and is made from post consumer materials.  A total of $32 of the $45 Adopt an Animal level is tax deductible.

Guests can see a sampling of the animals available for adoption at the $45 level at the Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum Gift Shop. Adoptions can also be purchased online at To view all the animals available for adoption, in addition to the different adoption levels, please visit here.


Grandfather Mountain visitors bundled up outside as the month of November brought cool winter temperatures and  gusty wind to the Mountain.

During November the automatic weather station at the top of Grandfather Mountain recorded the average high temperature for the month as 43.0 degrees and the average low temperature as 25.7 degrees.  These numbers read a few degrees lower than the State Climate Office data from Mt. Mitchell State Park.  The average high temperature at Mt. Mitchell was 43.5 degrees and the average low temperature was 26.1 degrees.

Wind gusts over 60 mph were recorded eleven times.  The highest three-second gust during the month was 79.64 mph recorded November 18.

During the winter months Grandfather Mountain is open weather permitting. A phone call to the entrance at 828-733-4337 can confirm the day’s conditions and set the stage for a memorable outing for the entire family.