Millions of years old. And we’re just getting started.

Grandfather Mountain has been an amazing place for hundreds of millions of years. And our most inspiring goal is to keep it that way far into the future, while helping visitors escape, explore and understand. We think it’s important for everyone to experience the wonder that can be found here, but also to respect the nature and geography that make it so wonderful. Through conservation, preservation and protection of the mountain’s precious natural resources, we’re working to make sure that rare and common species alike will always feel at home here—and so will the thousands of visitors we welcome every year.

Mission Statement

To inspire conservation of the natural world through education, exploration and example.


Grandfather Mountain will be a renowned center for conservation that inspires us to be stewards of our world.


Passion – Ignite wonder in our guests, volunteers, donors and employees by sharing our knowledge of and excitement for the incredible landscape and ecosystems that thrive at Grandfather Mountain.

Community –   Provide a positive, uplifting atmosphere that embraces employees, guests, volunteers, donors and partnering organizations as valuable members of a larger team.

Conservation – Continue to ensure the vitality of Grandfather Mountain’s remarkable natural resources, including globally imperiled flora and fauna, and inspire our guests and others to do the same in their communities.

Sustainability – Challenge our staff to seek out best practices to improve our organization’s environmental and economic long-term security.

Our Way of Doing Business:

We strive to conduct our business operations and our interactions with others according to the following principles:

  • We hold ourselves to high standards and are responsible, transparent and accountable for our actions.
  • We treat our donors as trusted partners and provide transparency regarding the use of philanthropic gifts.
  • We treat our staff and volunteers with respect, fairness and integrity.
  • We provide quality experiences and educational opportunities to our guests.
  • We are careful stewards of all human, natural and financial resources. 
  • We provide a safe environment for our guests and staff. 

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.
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Member of Southern Highlands Attractions