Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Swinging Bridge and Grandfather Mountain


"Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise. " George Washington Carver


At 5946 feet, Grandfather Mountain is the highest point along the Blue Ridge. It is also the only private park in the World that has been designated by United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve. (As of 2008, part of the park is being operated and owned by the National Forrest Service)


The Mile High Swinging Bridge is 228 Feet in Length and Spans an 80 ft ravine. The trip across leads to a Linville Peak and offers breathtaking views and photographing opportunities.


In addition to the hiking trails and vistas, the park offers a nature museum and wildlife exhibits. This is a great place for children to see deer, bears, mountain lions, owls, eagles, and otters.
Every spring the park offers a nature photography clinic and it is one of two weekends a year that guest are allowed to camp in the park. (Back-country camping is permitted but the sites are not near the main facilities. Permits are required for back-country camping and hiking).
For more information on Grandfather Mountain and to plan your visit please visit their website.

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