Group Venues


Families, friends, colleagues — get-togethers are always amazing on Grandfather Mountain. Against a backdrop of never-ending scenery, your group can play, mingle and reconnect in a place they’ll never forget.


MacRae Meadows

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, Grandfather Mountain is temporarily suspending weddings and gatherings in MacRae Meadows.

MacRae Meadows is a large grassy area at the base of Grandfather Mountain. It’s used for the Singing on the Mountain and the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, but it can also host your next special event, from a family reunion to a corporate picnic to a wedding. You’ll have access to the meadow area, plus the space across from the Meadows on U.S. 221, and ample space for parking.

Alcohol is not permitted, and the rental is for the property only: amenities are not included. Event participants must depart before sundown, and event insurance is required.

Contact the Group Tour Coordinator at (828) 733-2013 or for pricing, scheduling and details. You can also schedule an appointment to tour the property.


Let It Rain Picnic Shelter

NOTE: Due to renovations, Let It Rain Picnic Shelter is currently closed.

True to its name, this shelter offers covered picnic table seating for 72 people. It has a large charcoal grill and is located next to the Nature Museum. The shelter is generally first come, first served, however it may be reserved for catered events only if Mildred’s Grill provides the catering. Please note that the Let it Rain Picnic Shelter may not be reserved when other groups are using it or on weekends.

Contact the Group Tour Coordinator at (828) 733-2013 or for pricing, scheduling and details.


Mildred’s Grill Sunroom 

With lovely views and a convenient location inside the Nature Museum, this sunroom seats approximately 50 people. Contact the Group Tour Coordinator at (828) 733-2013 or for pricing, scheduling and details.


Cliffside Overlook 

This scenic overlook with rocky outcroppings and long-range views is located off the main attraction road, just above Forrest Gump Curve. The space includes picnic table seating for approximately 18 people, with charcoal park grills. This picnic area is first come, first served: it cannot be reserved in advance.


Woods Walk Picnic Area 

This large picnic area is located on the lower portion of Grandfather Mountain, just up the main road from Half Moon Overlook. With numerous picnic tables and grills scattered throughout the area, it’s near the Woods Walk Nature Trail, a leisurely 4/10-mile loop through mature Appalachian forest. This picnic area is first come, first served: it cannot be reserved in advance.


Food & Catering Options 

Groups are welcome to bring in their own food, or menu items from Mildred’s Grill can be packaged to-go if arranged in advance with the Group Tour Coordinator at (828) 733-2013 or

Wedding Ceremonies 

A ceremony on Grandfather Mountain will delight your guests and fill your special day with the awe and splendor of this majestic mountain. For more information, please click here.


Shuttle Service 

Because sharp curves near the top of the mountain restrict large vehicles to the lower part of the mountain, Grandfather provides free shuttle service to the top in its own buses. Reservations for the shuttle buses are required.

Motor coaches or buses longer than 28 feet are not allowed in the park without prior reservation. No exceptions will be made.

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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