After spending a few days in South Carolina. We drove up to Charlotte, North Carolina. The next adventure to cross off on my list was The Grandfather Mountain. This place was at the top of my list that I felt compelled to visit during my stay.
The mountain is located near Linville, North Carolina. The drive took about 2 1/2 hours from Charlotte. Once you get to the gate, you will be charged an admission fee of $20 per adult that will allow you to access the entire park. Along your purchase you will receive a CD and a map to help guide you.
The Grandfather Mountain has so much to offer from the mile high swinging bridge that allows you to enjoy the 360 panoramic view to the wildlife habitats which has bears, cougars, eagles, and otters. There is also a gift shop, fudge shop, nature museum, and a restaurant.
Upon my arrival, it started raining in the area. Even though I checked the forecast prior to my visit, the weather was different from what I had anticipated. Fortunately, the rain calmed down a bit while I spent my time in the nature museum. The weather remained cold, foggy, windy, and wet. Despite the weather, The Grandfather Mountain is truly breathtaking. I was able to enjoy the scenic view after the fog cleared up a bit and was able to capture some clear shots, although the pictures can’t quite duplicate how beautiful it actually is in person.
The walk across the bridge was brief yet exhilarating. I did not find it intimidating even though I knew I was crossing over an 80-foot chasm at more than a mile high in elevation; perhaps the fog helped me conquered my fear of heights even if it made the bridge appear more ominous. Once you cross to the other side, be extremely cautious maneuvering through the large rocks since there are no guard rails to hang on to. Breath in the crisp air and enjoy what nature has to offer!
If you are planning a trip to the Grandfather Mountain my recommendation are:
1. Get there early to have enough time to hike, explore, and also to avoid the busy hours. (I spent approximately 5 hours there.)
2. Pack lightly. You don’t want to carry too much weight that could cause you discomfort as you’ll most likely be spending a few hours here.
3. Don’t forget to pack water. It is crucial to stay hydrated especially during long hikes.
4. Be sure to wear proper shoes for hiking as the trails can be strenuous and challenging.
5. Dress in layers as it is bit cooler on the mountains. (It was around 50 degrees F during my visit.)