Want to welcome the New Year in an unforgettable way? Consider taking in the first sunrise of 2022 atop Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina!
This annual event allows you to rare opportunity to not only visit and hike within the Grandfather Mountain park outside normal hours, but also gives you the breathtaking view of a sunrise from the highest point in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Did we mention it includes complimentary coffee and bearclaws? (Of course, hopefully these tasty treats will be the only bearclaws you will encounter!)
To ring in 2022 at Grandfather Mountain, make sure to reserve your spot now! Only 100 spots are open and registration is required in advanced. The event costs $15 in addition to general admission to the park ($24 children, $35 adults). Although a bit of a drive for those who call Upstate South Carolina home, this adventure is well worth the trip and we suggest spending a full day at the park. Not only for the stunning sunrise but the entire area is worth the experience. Surrounding you will find many rare and endangered species within the 16 distinct natural communities. Take a hike among these habitats – there are easy hikes to more advanced. Which trails are open will depend on weather conditions. Shop for gifts at the gift shop! Inside the Nature Museum and Top Shop, there are gift shops providing artisan crafts, souvenirs, learning toys, home goods, clothing and more. Proceeds for anything bought go to the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. You can even stop for a meal while you’re there and pick up soup and sandwiches to munch on while watching birds eat outside the museum. With everything the park has to offer, it’s a perfect getaway for active outdoorsman to children and everyone in between.
Grandfather Mountain is located in Linville, NC near Boone. It is perhaps best known for it’s swinging bridge. It is America’s highest suspension bridge and crosses an 80 foot ravine. It’s called the Mile High Swinging Bridge due to it’s elevation of 5,405 feet. Don’t want to take a hike up? They have elevators! Win win!
Not wanting to drive back same day? Linville is about 30 minutes from Boone, NC and is an area surrounded by the ski resorts and retreats in Blowing Rock, Sugar Mountain, Banner Elk, and Beech Mountain. Book a weekend trip and include skiing and idyllic small town shopping to your plans.
Please note, this event is weather permitting and does have a maximum capacity of participants.