Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain Hot

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2050 Blowing Rock Highway
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828-733-4337 or 800-468-7325
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Grandfather Mountain, one of the world's most environmentally diverse nature preserves, boasts the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge and the opportunity to see animals in their natural habitats.


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(Updated: November 30, 2013)

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Access The Mile High Swinging Bridge!


In 2010, Grandfather Mountain opened a new Top Shop building with an elevator that gives visitors with mobility disabilities access to the Mile High Swinging Bridge and its awe-inspiring 360-degree views. Prior to that, visitors had to climb 50 steps to access the bridge. The Top Shop and the restaurant/gift shop have ramps, accessible parking spaces, and accessible restrooms. The animal habitats have paved pathways, but some are very steep and do not have railings, so that downgrades the rating to a 4 instead of a 5. But one might almost be tempted to give Grandfather Mountain a 4.5 or a 5 based on the major accessiblity improvement it made by opening the Top Shop in 2010. If you want to explore and get to know North Carolina, Grandfather Mountain is a must see!
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