Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days

Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days has returned!  During the month of April, residents and employees of the High Country can visit Grandfather Mountain for just $1.  Says Executive Director Penn Dameron, "The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is happy to be able to continue the tradition of Dollar Days this year.  The support of the local community means a lot to us, whether it’s in the form of positive recommendations to friends and family, donations to the Stewardship Foundation, or anything else.  This is our chance to show the people who live, work and go to school in the area how much we appreciate them."

The month of April is a great time to visit Grandfather Mountain, even without the dollar deal.  There is no better way to enjoy the High Country than to take in the beautiful views that Grandfather offers.  Wildflowers and trees will be in full bloom as well, making for even more spectacular sights!

In addition to the variety of animals already on display in the Wildlife Habitats, Grandfather is proud to show off their newest critter, a one year old otter named Luna.  Habitat Manager Christie Tipton says, "Folks can expect to see Luna playing in the pond and chasing leaves.  She is extremely playful and curious and loves it when visitors come to see her."

The $1 admission is offered to residents and those employeed in Mitchell, Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, and Wilkes counties.  The discount also applies to students attending college in those counties.  Guests traveling in the same vehicle with those who are eligible will also receive the discount.  A present drivers’ license, college ID, or local utility bill is needed as proof of residency.  An employee ID badge or pay stub can be used to show employment.

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