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.

Wilson Center Grandfather Mountain

Wilson Center for Nature Discovery

Learn more about our mountain, grab lunch, shop and more. Read more.

Mildreds Grill Hamburger

Mildred's Grill

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

Events Calendar

Special Events

Check upcoming events and programs. Go to our calendar.

Daily Programs

Daily Programs

Discover fascinating facts from our naturalists. Read more.

Top Shop

Top Shop

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

Experiences at Grandfather Mountain


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

Scenic Drive Grandfather

Scenic Drive

Drive one of the most scenic roads in the Blue Ridge. See all the stops.

Split Rock Grandfather Mountain

Split & Sphinx Rocks

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

Half Moon Overlook

Half Moon Overlook

A top photo spot near the entrance to the park. Read more.

Picnic on Grandfather Mtn


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

Hodges Theatre


Watch fascinating and educational videos. Find out more.

Forrest Gump Curve, Grandfather Mountain

Forrest Gump Curve

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


Gift Shops

Find souvenirs at two gifts or shop from home. Read more.

Birding at Grandfather


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

Plan Your Visit

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