Grandfather Mountain is a must-see for anyone who lives in or visits this part of the country. It is known for its Mile High Swinging Bridge, a 228 foot suspension bridge built between two peaks of Grandfather Mountian. Come prepared for much cooler temperatures and for ever-present strong winds. You can always check the temperatures and conditions at the bridge on this website. Once you cross the bridge you reach a rugged mountain offering 360 degree panoramic views. Above is a picture from late Semptember.
Hugh Morton, the visionary and conservationist who protected as well as promoted the mountain, I came to appreciate the arrangement. It's difficult to express in words what Grandfather Mountain is like -- here are the three words that first came to mind: thrilling, inspiring, and magical. I know that sounds a bit cheesy and I'm sorry to sound like a billboard for the place, but if you love nature and Appalachia, you'll love Grandfather Mountain.
Directions: See their website. It's 2 miles outside of Linville on Highway 221 (going towards Blowing Rock, NC). It's right next to MacRae Meadows (see yesterday's post!).
Bring some money this place is no longer cheap. Worth the drive.Go only during good clear weather.ReplyDelete