The highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains, towering 5,946 feet above northwest North Carolina, Grandfather Mountain is operated as a scenic travel attraction and is one of the world’s most environmentally diverse nature preserves. Marvel at 360-degree views of mountain ridge after mountain ridge cascading to the horizon and take part in daily nature programs. Attractions include: the Mile High Swinging Bridge; Nature Museum; Restaurant and gift shops; hiking trails and picnicking. Grandfather Mountain is open every day of the year, weather permitting, except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. See website for details and admission information.