Grandfather raises admission prices

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Article Published: Mar. 29, 2012 | Modified: Mar. 29, 2012
Grandfather raises admission prices

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation has made many improvements since the last rate increase in 2009, including a new Top Shop building with an elevator that makes the Mile High Swinging Bridge fully accessible.

Photo by Helen Moss Davis

The price of a ticket to Grandfather Mountain is going up for the first time in three years, effective April 1.

Admission for adults (ages 13-59) will be $18, seniors $15 and children (ages 4-12) $8 each. Children younger than 4 are always admitted free.

Since the last price increase in 2009, Grandfather opened its new “Top Shop,” complete with an elevator that makes the Mile High Swinging Bridge fully accessible for all guests.

Other additions include the Fudge Shop, a complimentary audio tour CD, a holding facility for the wildlife habitats, upgrades to the bear, cougar and otter habitat viewing areas, upgraded weather instruments at the Swinging Bridge and an interactive weather exhibit in the Nature Museum.

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation also expanded interpretive programs to include a behind-the-scenes habitat tour and several family-focused annual events.

“During the past three years, we have invested a great deal in improvements to increase the value of our visitors’ experience from the top to the bottom of the mountain,” said Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation president Penn Dameron. “We think our guests will agree that the revenue from their tickets is invested wisely, and that they will take satisfaction from knowing that their admission fee is helping to preserve Grandfather Mountain for future generations.”

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park sustainably in the public interest, provide an exceptional experience for guests, and inspire them to be good stewards of the Earth’s resources.

For more information, visit or call (800) 468-7325.

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