Blue Ridge Parkway South from Blowing Rock, NC to Mile Post 304-305 [Exit to US 221]. Follow US221 west to Grandfather Mountain. After fee entrance to park, follow road to top parking lot. Folow stairs to Swinging Bridge. From junction of US 221 & Rt 105 at Linville, NC, follow US 221 and signs, up mountain 2 mile to Grandfather Mountain entrance.
Be prepare for all types of weather. Mountain weather may change rapidly. Expect high winds at any time of year.
Pool after spring rains beside wlkway to Mile High Swinging Bridge [Elev. 5280']. Heath and heather plants in bloom. Fit trees exhibiting weathering from dominate westerly winds.