View from the Top

Article Published: Jul. 22, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
View from the Top

From left, David Holt and Josh Goforth entertain the crowd at the grand re-opening of the Top Shop at Grandfather Mountain on Tuesday. Photos by Monty Combs

The new Top Shop building at Grandfather Mountain, located near the Mile High Swinging Bridge, celebrated its grand opening Tuesday.

The building, which was under construction for the last two years, houses retail space and a snack bar. Plans are under way for exhibits that focus on relevant subjects, such as the Mile-High Swinging Bridge and Grandfather's extreme weather.

The new Top Shop has an elevator that will give the attraction's wheelchair-bound visitors access to the Mile High Swinging Bridge for the first time ever. An elevated walkway, or "bridge to the bridge," has been constructed and links the new building to the Swinging Bridge area.

This facility replaces the old Top Shop that was in operation from 1961 until 2008.

"We can't wait for visitors to come up to see the new building," said Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation executive director Penn Dameron. "Years of planning and hard work went into this project, and we are excited to give folks the opportunity to enjoy it."

Grandfather Mountain is a 600-acre scenic attraction and nature preserve located near Linville on U.S. 221, one mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 305. For more information, call (800) 468-7325 or visit

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