Grandfather Mountain

From a distance you can see the face that serves as the namesake for this park, and up close you’ll find amazing views, native wildlife, and the famous mile-high swinging bridge. Photo by Monty Combs.

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Top 10 Ways to Experience Fall in Asheville

by Jason Tarr

As the weather grows cooler, the brisk mountain air paints the leaves of the forest trees in brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. Given Asheville's climate and the variety of elevations nearby, Asheville enjoys one of the longest and most … read more

Fall Scenic Drives: Early Color

by Asheville Insider

A first look at fall color In the early fall, trees begin changing color at the highest elevations surrounding the Asheville area, so head out on these scenic drives in late September and early October. Since peak color changes often, visit our … read more

You Shall See Wonders: A Day at Grandfather Mountain

by Leigh Ann Henion

Visit an Internationally Renowned Nature Preserve, Just 90 Minutes from Asheville Shakespeare is staring at me. The cleverly named barred owl is perched on the leather glove of Grandfather Mountain 's head naturalist. It's as if the bird … read more