At the original location for the observation deck is a small parking lot and a few picnic tables. This makes a great place to stop and have lunch.
Grandfather Mountain has a small collection of animals. While we were there several of the areas were closed for upgrades. They have eagles, bears, cougar, otters, and soon they will have elk.
Our trip to Grandfather Mountain is so far our favorite journey for 2017. We had so much fun playing and bonding as a couple.