After spending the night in a tent at Linville Falls campground and touring the falls the following morning, we had a pretty early start on the Blue Ridge Parkway Sunday morning. The rain had temporarily let up and spirits were high as we pulled off the National Scenic Highway and joined the queue outside Grandfather Mountain. That’s right, there was a line of cars lined up outside the privately owned park. A popular tourist destination in the area, the entrance fee is rather steep – plan on spending a good bit of time here if you decide to visit. The park is open about 8-5 (this changes based on season) and adult admission is $18. Not to be confused with Grandfather Mountain State Park (to which admission is free) or the Pisgah National Forest, the private portion contains the 5,946ft Grandfather Mountain, the infamous “mile high swinging bridge,” a small zoo, a nature museum and various hiking trails and picnic areas.
|Not a dog, but a black bear|
* One of these switchbacks might be familiar looking, as it was in the 1994 movie “Forrest Gump” – it’s right before Gump realizes he’s got company on his run across the country.
|Source for Forrest Gump picture: here|