Things to Do Grandfather Mountain

Things To Do

Whether you have a full day or a few hours, find a variety of things to do during your visit at Grandfather Mountain nature park – most included in your admission. See ticket rates, hours and online booking. Click topics below for details.

Mile High Swinging Bridge

Mile High Swinging Bridge

Walk across America’s highest suspension footbridge. Get details.

Hiking Trails Grandfather Mountain

Hiking & Walking

Hike trails through gentle forests or atop rugged peaks. Read more.

Animal Habitats

Wildlife Habitats

See cougars, bears, bald eagles, river otters and elk. Meet our animals.

Grandfather Mtn Gift Shop

Nature Museum

Learn more about our mountain, grab lunch, shop and more. Get info.

Wilson Center Grandfather Mountain

Wilson Center

Opening in summer 2022 for nature discovery. Read more.

Mildreds Grill Hamburger

Mildred's Grill

Have lunch at Mildred’s Grill inside the Wilson Center. Read more.

Birding at Grandfather


Look for 200 species of birds. Get our bird list.

Interpretive Talks Swinging Bridge

Daily Programs

Discover fascinating facts from our naturalists. Read more.


Special Events

Check upcoming events and programs. Go to calendar.

Top Shop

Top Shop

Adjacent to the Swinging Bridge with gift shop and exhibit. Read more.

Split Rock Grandfather Mountain

Split & Sphinx Rocks

See fascinating rock formations for great photo spot. Read more.

Forrest Gump Curve, Grandfather Mountain

Forrest Gump Curve

Drive the curve made famous by the movie. Read more.

Experiences at Grandfather Mountain


Get a close-up view with animals, take field courses and more. See options.

Picnic on Grandfather Mtn


Picnic mile-high at many locations on the mountain. Get details

Grandfather Mountain Planner

Plan Your Visit

Get details for your visit: directions, hours, weather & more. Plan now.

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