If outdoors is where you feel most at home, be prepared for a true treat as you hike to the top of Grandfather Mountain. In Asheville, hiking reigns supreme. Towering high above the Blue Ridge Mountains is Grandfather Mountain, the highest point in the entire mountain chain. The mountain at its highest peak stands an impressive 5,946 feet above sea level and offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the entire area. Be sure to bring water and enough snacks, because this is quite a hike! On the way up you’ll cross a beautiful swinging bridge, appropriately named the Mile High Swinging Bridge, and hangs an entire mile above sea level, making this a hike that’s not for the faint of heart. In the fall this hike is truly something special, for the changing of the leaves creates a myriad of color that is simply breathtaking. Be sure to check current weather conditions on the mountain’s website, and also be prepared that the hike is closed on certain holidays. The natural habitat of the area is fiercely protected, so you’ll definitely see interesting wildlife along the way. Many folks bring their entire families on the hike, so you don’t need to worry about bringing kids on the hike. It is recommended that visitors come either before 11am or after 3pm, when the crowds are at their thinnest and the weather is at its best. Bring your camera, some snacks, and some hiking shoes and head out to Grandfather Mountain!