Grandfather Mountain

Jerry Blackwelder

Standing at 5,946 feet above sea level — more than a mile — Grandfather Mountain has been celebrating and sharing the wonders of the natural world since 1952.

With a mission to inspire conservation, the Linville, N.C.-based nonprofit nature preserve and attraction continues to bridge outdoor adventure with education. 

The park is home to the Mile High Swinging Bridge, wildlife habitats (featuring rescued black bears, cougars, bald eagles, river otters and more), hiking trails, a nature museum and mountains of educational programs and activities.

A visit to Grandfather is an opportunity for students to enrich and deepen their classroom studies through hands-on inquiry in a unique mountain ecosystem.

The park’s group tour coordinator and staff naturalists can help teachers design an itinerary
that meets their group’s educational goals, timeline and budget. Grandfather Mountain offers naturalist programs, aligned with state curriculum, on a variety of topics, from animal behavior to weather to geology. 



  • 2050 Blowing Rock Hwy
  • Linville, NC



Carolina Publishing

PO Box 1155
Matthews, NC 28106

(704) 708-6270