Explore the most popular Kid Friendly trails near Linville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I absolutely love coming here, the only problem is that it’s $20 to get in. In my opinion it’s just a little overpriced. But the view is amazing.

I took my favorite photo of all times at Grandfather Mnt. But the fee is pricy. To get into the area you have to pay 20 per person. Which is too much for everything. I get the fee but I think it should be a little cheaper. A nice drive up to the bridge is full of deer and beautiful views of surrounding mountain ranges.

2 months ago

Cool trail easy to navigate and has signs all over that teach about the flora and geology. Be careful when walking on the rocks at the top as they might be slippery

This trail is great for kids. My 5 year old is very small, only 28 pounds, and had never hiked before. She did the entire trail on her own. The views at the end are beautiful!!


I agree with Olivia. If you are only coming here for the bridge, it won’t justify the $20 per person price tag.
The views were enjoyable but most of the park was closed in winter. Can’t do harder trails, can’t see the bears, can’t go past the bridge.
I would definitely come back to summit Grandfather Mountain.
Overall, a “Decent Outing” with great views, but hardly a hike or trail.

The views were nice but we didn't realize that it would be $20 PER PERSON to get in! Only go if you're planning on doing something else within the park or if you have accessibility issues (you can drive straight to the bridge and there's an elevator to circumvent the stairs). You can get views that are just as nice for free.

brought my 12, 8, and 5 yr old. we got all the way to the summit. amazing. worth it.

About a mile and a half round trip from the parking area. Wanted to get that classic shot of Linn Cove snaking around Grandfather Mtn with the Linville Gorge peaks behind it. Fall foliage is a complete and total bust this year, so my shot isn't classic.

This trail is climbing intensive with loads of opportunities to veer off and find your own look out! You must go to the end for the best views!

5 months ago

It was a little uphill at the beginning but not too bad. It has been years since I hiked this trail and the view isn't, as open as it used to be. Still worth the hike.

I would neither call this a hike, nor a trail. It's a bridge and a lookout point. That said, the views are pretty great. And as everyone else has said... $20 is highway robbery.

Truly omg! There’s a fee but go ahead bite that bullet! There’s an animal sanctuary, a museum, an amazing gift shop, the mile high swinging bridge( it really swings) and loads of trails! Oh did I mention a portion of Forest Gump was filmed here! Plus it’s Grandfather Mountain! Just do it!

I adore this location! We had Jadie Pup with us and was a great place to let her out to stretch her legs! Kid friendly! Very nice RS with wonderful staff and a National Park Services gift shop! Highly recommend! Might I suggest you read about the viaduct itself! It was featured in Modern Marvels on Discovery Channel!

5 months ago

Great short hike to have lunch.

5 months ago

Absolutely love this trail. Easy walk to expansive, beautiful views. An excellent choice for a quick hike with great payoff. Foliage is amazing along the trail itself. Be sure to check out the plaques!

6 months ago

My husband, my 5 year old daughter and I did this short hike over Labor Day weekend and we really enjoyed it! It’s a quick hike to the top and beautiful views of the Linville Valley and Grandfather Mountain. It was easy enough for my 5 year old but just “challenging” enough to get the heart rate elevated and feel good afterwards. Lots of places to sit and take in the views. We will definitely do this short hike again.

I been on this trail and love it I go there every summer

7 months ago

This is a great area. The only reason its not 5 stars is im a little afraid of heights so im going to dock it one point. Otherwise it is fantastic area with some great views.

A nice hike up from the lower parking to the upper parking by the bridge. It is very rocky and it was helpful to have hiking boots on, versus tennis shoes.

7 months ago

Rocky with many roots but good workout. Nice panorama view at end.

A rocky and winding pathway, wide enough and well maintained for a hike from the parking lot to the Mile High Swinging Bridge. As easy hike as well.

Gorgeous! I had no idea this was there- trail is about a mile then you can continue on tawanhana or put a foot on the parkway or return to linn cove parking lot

Nice attraction. It could make you nervous if you don’t care for heights

9 months ago

Great view at the end. It had rained an hour before we got on the trail so it was muddy in places. It is a rocky trail so the rocks were slippery too. At the end there is a ladder and then a rope to pull you up on the rock. The ladder needs more steps for short people.

10 months ago

Such a lovely quick and easy hike. I did this trail in the summer in sandals. Not hard, very god for families with small children. Sunny day made for beautiful views.

Heading to NC in a few months, I read a posts down that the elevated portion of the trail where most photos are taken was under construction.
Can anybody add an update to if that location is open again?

Also, is there a shorter path to get to just the photo location?

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