Rural Beauty of NC – Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain is an iconic peak 75 miles north of Asheville, North Carolina. The area is known for its incredible vistas and unmatched ecological diversity. The area is called Grandfather Mountain because of early pioneers who recognized “the face” of an old man on one of the cliffs. Can you see it?

Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain Mile High Swinging Bridge

The Mile High Swinging Bridge, America’s highest suspension footbridge, was built to give visitors easy access to the breathtaking view from Grandfather Mountain’s Linville Peak in North Carolina. The 228-foot suspension bridge spans an 80-foot chasm at more than one mile in elevation.

Grandfather Mountain Swinging Bridge

Linn Cove Viaduct Fall Colors

This 1243-foot concrete segmental bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway snakes around the slopes of Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. It was completed in 1987 at a cost of $10 million and was the last section of the Blue Ridge Parkway to be finished.

Linville Cove Viaduct

Linn Cove Viaduct

Under the Viaduct

Linn Cove Viaduct – this 1243-foot concrete segmental bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway snakes around the slopes of Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. It was completed in 1987 at a cost of $10 million and was the last section of the Blue Ridge Parkway to be finished. It is an engineering marvel and a view from below reveals the preservation of nature while constructing the viaduct.

Under the Viaduct

Under the Viaduct

An Image on the Mountain

Can you imagine what the shape of the mountain looks like?  See the answer below the image.

An Image on the Mountain

An Image on the Mountain

Can you visualize a face of a sleeping man? Well, this is Grandfather Mountain, NC.  It was named “Grandfather” by pioneers who recognized the face of an old man in one of the cliffs. Many vantage points reveal different faces, so there is no one official profile of the mountain, but the most popular can be seen from the community of Foscoe, seven miles north of Linville and 10 miles south of Boone on N.C. 105.