The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
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Grandfather Mountain, pen and ink drawing by Lee James Pantas
To purchase a print of this drawing by author/artist Lee Pantas, visit Cherry Orchard Studio 

Grandfather Mountain is one of the most environmentally significant mountains in the world. It is set apart by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve and in 2009, 2,456 acres along the crest of Grandfather Mountain were purchased by the State of North Carolina to create North Carolina's newest state park, Grandfather Mountain State Park This purchase was made possible through support by The Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy. Grandfather Mountain is famous for its swinging bridge, the highest in America. Crossing this bridge suspends visitors more than a mile above sea level. Hiking and picnicking are favorite activities at Grandfather, and the mountain boasts wildlife habitats with bears, deer, panthers, otters and eagles. There is also a Nature Museum and gift shop.

Wild & Furry Animals of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, by Lee James Pantas

Grandfather Mountain's pristine wildlife and sweeping vistas are perfect for rejuvenation, excitement and family memories. With amazing panoramic views from the Mile High Swinging Bridge, Grandfather Mountain is a place where you can stand eye-to-eye with native wildlife in natural habitats and learn more about the wonders around you from their museum, trails and friendly naturalists.

One third of the Mountain is operated as a scenic travel destination by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. All proceeds from sales of tickets and souvenirs go toward preserving Grandfather Mountain and sharing its wonders in ways that deepen visitors’ appreciation of nature and inspire good stewardship of the earth. The other two thirds of the wild and undeveloped sections of Grandfather Mountain is owned by the state of North Carolina. Accessible only on foot, visitors to Grandfather Mountain State Park can hike several miles of rugged alpine trails that lead across or around rock walls and pinnacles (often with the aid of cables and ladders) through high-elevation terrain unlike any other in the Southeast.

Websites: Grandfather Mountain and Grandfather Mountain State Park
Linville, N.C.
Distance: 2 hours from Asheville
Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28846
Telephone: 828-297-7261
Hours: 8 a.m. to dusk year-round except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Fees: Adult and child rates. Under four free.
Allow: 2½ hours
Of Note: An International Biosphere Reserve
Tips: Take good walking shoes
Nearby: Linville Caverns, Linville Gorge, Ben Long Frescoes, The Blowing Rock, Horn in the West, Mast General Store, Tweetsie Railroad
Directions: Take Linville exit, Milepost 305 off of Blue Ridge Parkway onto US 221 or take I-40 from Asheville. Get off in Marion and take Hwy. 221 North 35 miles to Linville. Look for Grandfather Mountain signs.




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