How to Plan the Perfect Day Trip to Grandfather Mountain

If you’re looking for a great day trip destination, look no further than Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. This nature preserve offers plenty of activities and beautiful scenery to enjoy. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your visit.¬†

Make the Most of Your Day Trip to Grandfather Mountain

Stop at Linville Gorge Wilderness Area on the Way

If you’re looking for a great hike to enjoy on your way to Grandfather Mountain, stop by Linville Gorge. This beautiful gorge is home to some of the most challenging trails in North Carolina. You’ll have plenty of options when it comes to choosing a hike, so be sure to do your research in advance. You can find a great list of hikes on the website for the Linville Gorge Wilderness area.¬†

The Wilson Center for Nature Discovery

The Wilson Center for Nature Discovery at Grandfather Mountain is a great place to learn about the area’s ecology and wildlife. The center offers daily programs, including nature walks and talks, birding clinics, and bear tracking. There’s something for everyone at the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery.¬†

Daily Educational Programs

There are many great things to do at Grandfather Mountain. One of these things is learning about nature. There are different programs every day that teaches you about the different animals and plants in the area. You can also go on hikes and learn about the history of the place. 

Lunch at Mildred’s Grill or Have a Picnic

If you’re looking for a great place to have a picnic, Mildred’s Grill is the perfect spot. There are picnic tables and benches located in the shade, and there’s a playground for the kids. There’s also a small store where you can buy snacks and drinks.¬†

Hiking / Walking Trails

There are many different trails to hike at Grandfather Mountain. One of the most popular trails is the Linville Gorge Trail, which offers spectacular views of the gorge. For a more challenging hike, try the Rough Ridge Trail, which leads to the summit of Grandfather Mountain. There are also plenty of shorter hikes for those who don’t want to spend all day on the trails.¬†

Stop in Marion, NC, for Dinner

If you’re looking for a great place to eat dinner on your way back from Grandfather Mountain, be sure to stop in Marion, NC. This small town is home to some great restaurants, and you’re sure to find something that you’ll love. One of my favorites is the Smokehouse BBQ and Grill. They serve up some of the best barbecue in North Carolina, and the prices are very reasonable. Another great option in Marion is the Old Mill Diner. This diner has been serving up classic diner food for years, and it’s a great place to satisfy your appetite. They offer a wide variety of options, including burgers, chicken sandwiches, and salads.¬†

Return to the Orchard Inn

Add a day trip to Grandfather Mountain to your itinerary while you plan your stay at the Orchard Inn! Our inn is one of the best places to call home while exploring Western North Carolina because we offer luxurious lodging and outstanding amenities in a cozy environment. Each room, suite, and cottage are uniquely appointed, feature beautiful views, and offer ample space and comfort. Browse our rooms, check availability, and book your stay today!