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Grandfather Mountain State Park

9872 North Carolina Highway 105, Banner Elk, NC 28604
+1 828-963-9522
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Demanding trail will get the heart pumping! Spectacular views from the summit!

2,456 acres along the north side of Grandfather Mountain form North Carolina’s newest state park... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
King, United States
I Crossed The Bridge

What a scenic drive to the top of this beautiful mountain. It is spectacular to view from the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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9872 North Carolina Highway 105, Banner Elk, NC 28604
+1 828-963-9522
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Reviewed 1 week ago

2,456 acres along the north side of Grandfather Mountain form North Carolina’s newest state park, established in 2009. Hiking is the primary activity, with miles of challenging trails traversing steep, rocky terrain. Along the summit, the trail requires hikers to ascend and descend over large...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a scenic drive to the top of this beautiful mountain. It is spectacular to view from the surrounding area but even better up close and personal. Take the drive. It is so worth it. Great hiking trails, views, flora and fauna. A great afternoon...More

Thank Gran7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everyone can enjoy the beauty. We did a small hike and enjoyed every minute. Love the new parking area.

Thank saylors
Reviewed 11 January 2018

The CD guided tour is nice. There is a great museum and animal habitats along the way. You will also see the split rock and the curve that Forrest Gump ran. When you reach the top, you have to go out on the mile high...More

Thank Madalyn M
Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

We have had a vacation home in the NC mountains for thirty years and visit Grandfather Mountain at least twice a year. The long-range views are incomparable. The zoo is limited but still very worthwhile. The nature museum is very interesting and educational. We especially...More

Thank peggyr365
Reviewed 26 November 2017

This is a must see the wildlife exhibit was very nice the bald eagle and bears were worth it. The drive up was good when we got to the top that day it was extremely windy I watched a couple get out of their car...More

Thank logma27
Reviewed 15 November 2017

Probably not the best area for old folks like us. We didn't venture out on the rocks, but we did make it across the bridge. Its not likely I would pay the $20/person to do it again.

Thank Wayne R
Reviewed 10 November 2017

We love taking guests to visit Grandfather Mountain.... two favorite areas to visit on the mountain... the mile high swinging bridge and the museum and zoo. We just love the bridge. There is a nice little hiking trailing with some incredible rock formations from under...More

Thank DSCarroll1
Reviewed 9 November 2017

this is a great place to go to clear your head.. if it's not too windy you'll get lucky and get to go on the bridge which in its' self its a great experience. the park has a few critters to check out and fun...More

Thank janer915
Reviewed 26 October 2017

The swinging bridge was a bit underwhelming. I expected it to be much longer and more thrilling. The views are very nice and the natural habitat exhibits were interesting. Was it worth the price to enter the park....$18.00 per senior? I can't say it was...More

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Norma G
4 July 2017|
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Response from Paul S | Reviewed this property |
Cecilia is absolutely right. Most questions can be answered from either tripadvisor or an idividual attraction's website. Also, I know it seems a little steep because the fee is per person, not per car. I am not a senior... More
Caroline C
19 February 2017|
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Response from Greg W | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash. Small yap dogs would probably have a problem with some of the trails. My Lab had a great time on the trail and playing in the streams.
14 October 2016|
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Response from jbrooksws | Reviewed this property |
On the Blue Ridge Parkway it's around an hour to an hour and a half normally - however the weather in the mountains is certainly perfect right now and the leaves have changed color - in fact my son is there this weekend! So... More