Grandfather Mountain is celebrating for the entire month of September! Why, you ask? The Swinging Bridge is honoring its 60th anniversary while the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Linn Cove Viaduct, an “engineering marvel” of a bridge in the Grandfather Mountain area of the parkway, turns 25 on September 11th.
Here is part of the official release:
The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation has put together a month-long celebration during September to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Mile High Swinging Bridge. The schedule reflects a variety of activities from musical and cultural entertainment to educational programming and special access to the nature park.
Two sunrise opportunities (September 2 and 30) and two sunset opportunities (September 7 and 21) are on the schedule as well as weekend performances by a local clogging group (September 22) and local musicians (September 29). In addition to these special events, the Mountain will also host the 9th Annual Kidfest, the 42nd Annual Girl Scout Day and the Bridge Bike Ride during the month...
The Mountain’s Education Staff will lead a 1 p.m. program every Saturday and Sunday called “60 Years of the Swinging Bridge.” This guided presentation is included with regular admission and focuses on the Bridge’s history, famous visitors and much more...
The 228-foot suspension bridge was originally built in 1952 and rebuilt in 1999 using the original towers. The Bridge, one mile high in elevation, spans an 80-foot-high chasm and is often the highlight of a trip to Grandfather Mountain. Since 2010, the Bridge has been accessible to people with disabilities.
For more details on the month-long celebration please visit www.grandfather.com
The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park sustainably in the public interest, provide an exceptional experience for guests, and inspire them to be good stewards of the earth’s resources. For more information, visit www.grandfather.com or call 800-468-7325.
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