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Literally, the high point of a trip to Avery County should include a trip to 5,305' Grandfather Mountain and the Mile High Swinging Bridge. The 228-foot suspension bridge spans an 80-foot chasm. This attraction also offers a wildlife habitat, complete with 8 black bears, river otters, and 2 cougars, Nikita & Aspen. 

From mid-May to late October, the Orchard At Altapass on the Blue Ridge Parkway comes alive with music, tours, orchard hayrides and provides plenty of its famous fudge and ice cream.

Sugar and Beech Mountains provide year-round attractions with their breathtaking views, ski areas, and mountain activities.

For a cultural extravaganza, experience the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Celtic and Scottish music, sheep herding, Scottish wrestling and athletic competition. Meet the clans and witness the Parade of Tartans!