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Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation


Civic/Church/EducationAttractionsChildren's camps and activitiesHikingMuseumOutdoorsRecreationWildlife Rescue/Animal Rescue

About Us

Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was formed in 2009 to operate the prudently developed 700-acre portion that includes the Mile High Swinging Bridge, Wilson Center for Nature Discovery, hiking trails, Wildlife Habitats and much more.

Since we are a non-profit organization, everything we do is to benefit the mountain itself and the people who visit. We strive to make Grandfather a place where people can escape the daily grind, explore natural wonders and understand the amazing world around them. Fortunately, we’re not alone in our efforts.

Our mountain is an amazing classroom. Through education programs, annual events, research, and behind-the-scenes experiences, we provide dozens of learning opportunities in nature for all ages. People like you help us protect the mountain in its current state for future generations, while we make visitors welcome, provide nature education and promote good stewardship.

Months of operation: open year-round, winter weather permitting
Days of operation: Daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas


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Home of the Annual Woolly Worm Festival
and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

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