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Awesome place to visit, even during extreme fog! We had a great time hiking from the parking lot. Fairly easy, even my 5 yr old nephew did it. Recommend going when it's sunny that way you can enjoy the view! With the fog we couldn't see much. Friendly service. Everyone wearing masks. Decent pricing. We saw the bears and eagles. Small exhibit but cool nonetheless!
Cool place, especially the hike and view from the Mile High Bridge. Well managed with a good amount of parking space. The food was also good. You need to ensure you do a rain check. Pretty much rained throughout my visit, but the guys made it worth the trip.
This was a great experience. We will definitely be coming back. The bridge was amazing, as well as the hiking trails. You will get amazing views while driving up the mountain. They have a gift shop at the top as well.
When the leaves haven't changed down below you can be sure they are bright and beautiful at the top. We love grandfather mountain and have been tons of times. It's a great place for kids and adults! When you drive up you can stop and look off at a few points of interest. They give you a CD at the base of mountain so it's a narrated trip. We stopped at the museum first and they are renovating a ton of it. Health and sanitation procedures are definitely followed! We didn't spend much time inside but did walk the animal habitat. We did not get to see the cougar or mountain lion, I can't remember what it's called here but we saw almost everything else. I think the otters were not out for the day but the bears were! When you first walk in you get a nice view of an elk and he was munching down on hay. If you enter the gift shop be prepared to drop a mint because it is not cheap. We paid over $10 for a water and two diet cokes. Don't even get me started on the stuffed animals for the kids. It was gusting up to 20 mph on top and the skies were totally clear. Absolutely beautiful day and super windy. The bridge was pretty steady, not like the old wooden ones that used to sway like crazy. You can walk out past the bridge if you dare and plenty of people did. It's a great family trip.
A tad pricey for $22. Highlight of the trip was the bridge and conquering the cliffhanging peak at the other end of the bridge. There isn't safety harnesses or fences put up so be extra vigilant. Nerve wreaking but amazing. The caged habitat/environment is a good effort but the animals had to be coaxed out multiple times a day so visitors get a feel of the entrance fee's worth. As for the panaromic view at the top, one can see such view fr other destinations. Good effort with the CD audio tour guide. Perhaps it's a great hiking trail but for our family we were somewhat disappointed.