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Grandfather Mountain

THE HIGH COUNTRY'S PREMIER NATURAL ATTRACTION ENTERTAINS, INFORMS, AND INSPIRES

NATURE ON A WHOLE DIFFERENT LEVEL 

Any nature experience should start with Grandfather Mountain. 

Grandfather Mountain is the tallest mountain in the Blue Ridge, the world's only privately owned International Biosphere Reserve, and represents non-profit preservation at its loftiest.

A spectacular drive takes visitors to the newly wheelchair-accessible Mile-High Swinging Bridge, thousands of feet above the Carolina Piedmont. You'll marvel at 360-degree views of mountain ridge after mountain ridge retreating to the distant horizon. Surveys show that the journey to the other side is always the highlight of a trip to Grandfather Mountain.

Grandfather's nature museum possesses world-class exhibits and films on geology, flora, and fauna. The mountain also offers many different interpretive programs, and Environmental Habitats for deer, bears, cougars, eagles and otters offer outdoor education and entertainment. 

Awesome trails lead to high adventure. 

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THE GRANDDADDY OF BOONE AREA HIKES

Start at the Grandfather Travel Attraction and the trail enters the state park climbing ladders and cables up the cliffs and rocky crags of the mountains highest peaks. Start your hike at the parking lot just below the top of the road where you'll take the Grandfather Trail Connector (this is where the Black Rock Nature Trail Starts).

Turn right at the Grandfather Trail and follow the summit ridge through the tiny meadows covered in boulders, as well as Spruce and Fir forests. The summit is a massive boulder perched on the knife-edge ridge reached by another ladder. Descend into the next gap and go left on the cool, mossy, and rocky Underwood Trail for a 2-mile hike back to your car.  

 

Featured Events

May 25

Art in the Park

5/25/19
Art in the Park was created in 1962 by a handful of area artists and craftspeople to showcase local talent; it'€s now… more
May 26

Mountain Home Music Memorial Day Salute

5/26/19
Kicking off the summer with Joe Shannon's Mountainhome Music's Memorial Day Weekend Concert is a tradition in the… more
Jun 21

Doc Watson Day Celebration

6/21/19
The Jones House and the Town of Boone celebrate Doc Watson Day with a free concert dedicated to his memory. Every… more
Jun 23

Singing on the Mountain

6/23/19
The all-day gospel sing and fellowship returns to MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain for its 95th year!! A dozen… more
Jun 29

Annual Heritage Day and Wood Kiln

6/29/19
This annual event is always slated for the last Saturday in June, 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Entertainment: Live music… more
Jun 29

Ben Folds and the Winston-Salem Symphony

6/29/19
Pianist, singer-songwriter and North Carolina native Ben Folds opens the 35th anniversary season of An Appalachian… more
Jul 04

Boone 4th of July Parade

7/4/19
The Downtown Boone annual 4th of July parade travels east on King Street, starting at the intersection with Poplar… more
Jul 04

Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie

7/4/19
Enjoy the most spectacular fireworks show in the High Country! It's one of the most popular Summer events in the… more
Jul 11

63rd Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

7/11/19 – 7/14/19
Blaring bagpipes, astounding athletes, delicate dancers, rocking Celtic music and a spectacular highland setting make… more
Jul 12

Pilobolus

7/12/19
Pilobolus maintains its own singular style, evolving interplay with shapeshifting, shadowplay and other explorations,… more
Jul 13

Patti LaBelle

7/13/19
Multi Grammy Award-winning superstar singer and actress Patti LaBelle is widely regarded as the queen of rock and soul… more
Jul 19

Chris Botti

7/19/19
Multi Grammy Award-winning master trumpeter and composer Chris Botti returns to the festival for a dazzling evening of… more
Jul 20

Lily Tomlin

7/20/19
Lily Tomlin, one of America's foremost comediennes, returns to the festival for an unforgettable night of smart humor… more
Jul 23

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show -

7/23/19 – 7/28/19
The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is among the oldest continually operating horse shows in America, held on grounds… more
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