|The famous mile high swing bridge at Grandfather Mountain
In the 1800's, the MacRae family gained controlling interest in the Linville Improvement Company which include Grandfather Mountain. In 1952, the Linville Improvement Company dissolved and Hugh MacRae Morton became sole owner of Grandfather Mountain. Over the years, Morton invested in numerous improvements to Grandfather Mountain. The swinging bridge opened shortly thereafter. In the late 60s, Morton acquired two bears with the intention to returning them into the wild. The female bear, known as Mildred, refused and overtime a wildelife habitat was built for her and expanded for numerous other wildlife. (1)
Morton passed in 2006. Since then, over 2400 acres of Grandfather Mountain's "backcountry" was purchased by the State of North Carolina and made into a State Park. Grandfather Mountain State Park is home to numerous miles of hiking trails, backpaking and camping. Access is available at points along the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC 105, and within the private park itself.
|Grandfather Mountain as viewed from the Blue Ridge Parkway
|View towards the Blue Ridge Parkway from Grandfather Mountain.
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All photos taken April 20, 2008 by author.