5,946 ft / 1,812 m


2,444 ft / 745 m


24 summits

Top climbing months

October   20%

June   16%

March   12%

Most climbed route

Profile trail


  • Grandfather Mountain is a mountain and state park near Linville, North Carolina.
  • It is the highest peak on the eastern escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains, one of the major chains of the Appalachian Mountains.
  • The Blue Ridge Parkway passes by the south side of the mountain.
  • It is best known for its mile-high swinging bridge, the highest in America.
  • Grandfather Mountain rises more than 4,000 feet above the Catawba River Valley.
  • On top of Grandfather Mountain grows an "island" of Southern Appalachian spruce-fir forest.
  • Pink shell azalea only grows on Grandfather Mountain.


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