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!).