Grandfather Mtn Stewardship Foundation

About our Foundation

Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was formed in 2009 to operate the prudently developed 700-acre portion that includes the Mile High Swinging Bridge, Wilson Center for Nature Discovery, hiking trails, Wildlife Habitats and much more.

Grandfather Mountain formed as a scenic travel destination in 1952 under the leadership of founder Hugh Morton and was privately owned for six decades. After Morton’s death in 2006, his heirs sold 2,600 acres of the rugged backcountry to the state of North Carolina, leading to the creation of Grandfather Mountain State Park. They also formed the foundation.

Since we are a non-profit organization, everything we do is to benefit the mountain itself and the people who visit. We strive to make Grandfather a place where people can escape the daily grind, explore natural wonders and understand the amazing world around them. Fortunately, we’re not alone in our efforts.

Our mountain is an amazing classroom. Through education programs, annual events, research, and behind-the-scenes experiences, we provide dozens of learning opportunities in nature for all ages. People like you help us protect the mountain in its current state for future generations, while we make visitors welcome, provide nature education and promote good stewardship.

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Grandfather Leadership

Board & Leadership

Dedicated people working together. Meet our team.

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Bridge Club Annual Pass

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Education at Grandfather

Nature Education

We educate all ages in many ways, on and off the mountain. Read more.



A hands-on way to help by greeting and assisting our guests. Read more.

Donate to Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Donate Now

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Adopt an Animal at Grandfather

Adopt an Animal

A unique gift idea with a donation starting at $25. Adopt now.

Grandfather Mountain HIstory


Grandfather has a fascinating history. Read more.

Grandfather Ecology

Unique Ecology

Explore our magnificent ecological diversity. Read more.

Programs & Partnerships

We work with many regional and national partners. 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

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