Behind the Scenes Animal Tour

Behind-the-Scenes Habitat Tours

See where the cougars, otters and elk sleep overnight, meet black bears that are not commonly on display, learn the ins and outs of what it takes to care for the animals year-round, observe a training session and find out why the animals call Grandfather Mountain home.

Behind-the-Scenes Habitat Tours are offered on weekends, April through October. Tours last 45 minutes and are offered at 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. Limit of eight people per tour. Families welcome! No photography is permitted in the behind-the-scenes area.

Cost is $35 per person in addition to park admission, or $31 for Bridge Club members.

To book a behind-the scenes tour: Make reservations by emailing or calling the Grandfather Mountain Habitats Office at or 828-733-8715 in advance. Or stop by the Gift Shop in the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery during your visit for last minute availability.

Wanting to give the tour as a gift? Please call the Wilson Center Gift Shop at (828) 733-1059 to purchase over the phone. The gift recipient will be responsible for contacting our habitat staff and scheduling their tour.

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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