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.: Elk Overlook
12 p.m.: Cougar Overlook
12:30 p.m.: Otter Overlook
1 p.m.: Elk Overlook
1:30 p.m.: Bear Overlook
2 p.m.: Eagle Overlook
2:30 p.m.: Bear Overlook
3 p.m.: Cougar Overlook
3:30 p.m.: Otter Overlook
4 p.m.: Bear Overlook

Check the daily schedule for the day of your visit, or check the signs outside each Animal Habitat to see when the next enrichment is scheduled!