Animal Encounters

Glimpse a bear in its natural mountain habitat. No need to run the other way.

Talk to Grandfather Mountain staff about the animals and observe an animal enrichment. An enrichment is anything that breaks up an animal’s day — maybe a special scent or toy newly introduced into their habitat. Visitors to Grandfather are encouraged to view the animal enrichments, as they provide a great opportunity to see each animal active and close to the overlook of the habitat. No additional cost.

Offered daily, April – October

  • 11 a.m. – Bear Overlook
  • 11:30 a.m. – Otter Overlook
  • Noon – Elk Overlook
  • 12:30 p.m. – Cougar Overlook
  • 1 p.m. – Eagle Overlook
  • 1:30 p.m. – Bear Overlook
  • 2 p.m. – Elk Overlook
  • 2:30 p.m. – Bear Overlook
  • 3 p.m. – Cougar Overlook
  • 3:30 p.m. – Otter Overlook
  • 4 p.m. – Bear Overlook

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
1-800-468-7325

Owned & operated by Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.
Go here for Grandfather Mountain State Park information.
Member of Southern Highlands Attractions