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One of the oldest mountains in the world, containing quartz created over a billion years ago, Grandfather Mountain was once taller than Mt. Everest, now diminished by erosion. You can drive to Grandfather Mountain by taking US-221 west and winding your way up. There is a fee to enter Grandfather Mountain that the not-for-profit corporation uses to preserve the mountain. Don’t miss the engineering masterpiece, the Mile High Swinging Bridge. Built in 1952, the accessible 228-foot suspension bridge spans an 80 foot chasm offering breathtaking panoramic views. Environmental habitats and aquarium-like viewing allow visitors to see otters, bear, cougars, deer and other species up close. Explore trails, experience a naturalist program and treat yourself to something sweet at the Fudge Shop.



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