FULL CLIMB STATS
Ride into Grandfather State Park up to just below the popular and iconic Mile High Swinging Bridge.
This climb has an average grade of 7.3%. 62% of the climb is at 5-10%, 17% is at 10-15%, and the final 2% (1/10th of a mile) is at 15-20%. The steepest quarter-mile is 13.3%.
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Roadway: The first 2.1 miles are on Blowing Rock Highway (Route 221), a two lanes road with a double yellow stripe in good condition. The final two miles up Grandfather Mountain Entrance Road are on a pristine two lane roadway with ten hairpins along the way.
Traffic: Light to moderate, depending on the time of day and season.
Fee: There is a toll booth at the start of Grandfather Mountain Entrance Road - be prepared to pay a fee to enter the park. As of 2021 the fee was $22 (Tickets and Reservations).
Provisions: In Linville at the start of the climb or at Mildred's Grill at mile 3.2 (Google Map + Reviews).
Grandfather Mountain State Park is an extremely popular place to visit, explore, hike and enjoy (Google Map + Reviews - 5 Star rating) - see the park's Things to Do Page. Be sure to walk the Mile High Swinging Pedestrian Bridge which is the highest suspension footbridge in the US - this is accessed at the upper parking lot at the finish of your climb.
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