Watch & Learn

Watch one of these videos to learn more about Grandfather Mountain and the work of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation!

Grandfather Mountain : The First Billion Years
For 300 million years Grandfather Mountain has meant sanctuary for all living things. Today it means opportunities for rejuvenation, excitement and making family memories. Enjoy this introductory video for an overview to the wonder that awaits you in a visit to Grandfather Mountain.

Grandfather Mountain from OUR STATE TV
Hugh Morton’s beloved Grandfather Mountain is entering a new era. The famous Mile High Swinging Bridge will remain a travel attraction; the wild back country is now a State Park, with miles of wilderness trails.
Produced by UNC-TV in partnership with Our State Magazine, and with funding by BB&T. Go to for more information.

Grandfather Goes Green
In this Grandfather Mountain Nature Minute, former Grandfather Mountain Green Manager Luke Appling (who is now a NC State Park Ranger) shares steps that Grandfather Mountain has taken to become more environmentally sustainable.

Fall Color
In this Grandfather Mountain Nature Minute, Director of Education and Natural Resources Jesse Pope describes why and how leaves change their colors in autumn.

Interactions with Wild Bears
In this Grandfather Mountain Nature Minute, NC State Park Ranger Luke Appling tells hikers what to do if they should encounter a bear in the wild.  Luke also gives great tips for campers on how to avoid attracting bears to their campsites.

Monarch Butterflies Released from Grandfather Mountain
In this Grandfather Mountain Nature Minute, Director of Education and Natural Resources Jesse Pope tells how the naturalists collect the caterpillars of Monarch butterflies so guests can watch as they form chrysalises and hatch into black and orange beauties. Then the Monarchs are tagged and released so they can begin their migration to Mexico.

Bats At Grandfather Mountain
Director of Education and Natural Resources Naturalist Jesse Pope explains distinct characteristics of bats, where they live, and the ecologically-special Virginia Big-eared bats that live on Grandfather.


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  • Last summer I returned to Grandfather Mountain after a more than 40 year absence and the return trip was even more magical than the initial trip. I was able to appreciate the majestic views of nature and all it's splendor with my grown son and my mother. We spent an adventure-filled day stopping at every spot mentioned on the CD and enjoyed a great deal of time in the animal habitats, especially the bears. My son's nickname is Bear, and frankly he resembles at least one of Grandfather Mountain's bears. We went up to the top by car since the hike was a little tough for my mom, however, she and my son crossed the Mile High Swinging Bridge together while I recorded their experience. Upon their return I crossed solo and was able to appreciate the views from the bridge and mentally check "GM Mile high Bridge" off my bucket list. My hope is to be able to visit Grandfather Mountain as often as possible and during every colorful season of the year to watch Mother Nature show off one of her greatest treasures.

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