Programs & Partnerships

Welcome to a Globally Recognized Nature Preserve

Grandfather Mountain, elevation 5,946 feet, has been a wildlife sanctuary and nature preserve for decades.

Grandfather Mountain is owned by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, Inc. and its programs are supported by the sales of tickets and souvenirs. The Foundation’s objective is to steward the property in a way that preserves the natural wonder of Grandfather Mountain, provides the public easy access to its fantastic scenery, and inspires guests through programs and activities that give them a deeper understanding of the natural world.

In order to accomplish all that it does, the organization fosters partnerships with other successful resource managers that help facilitate sharing of knowledge and inspiration.

Grandfather’s stewardship partners include:

  • North Carolina State Parks & Grandfather Mountain State Park
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • United Nations Man & Biosphere Program
  • N.C. Natural Heritage Program
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • N.C. Wildlife Commission
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Appalachian Atmospheric Interdisciplinary Research
  • Appalachian State University
  • NC GreenTravel

Guests to the attraction can rest assured that the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is diligently working to preserve Grandfather’s natural resources while searching for new ways to present its wonders for the public.

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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.

    Palm Harbor, FL
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