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Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Celebrate Graduation at Craft Axe Throwing
Apr 16 – Apr 20 all-day
Craft Axe Throwing Spartanburg

Host Your Unforgettable Graduation Party at Craft Axe Throwing!

Are you ready to level up your graduation celebration? Say goodbye to the ordinary and hello to an adrenaline-fueled adventure at Craft Axe Throwing! Picture this: you and your friends surrounded by the thrill of competition as you unleash your inner lumberjack and hurl axes at bullseyes like champions!

At Craft Axe Throwing we’re not just about throwing axes; we’re about creating unforgettable memories. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-timer our expert coaches will guide you through every throw ensuring maximum fun and safety.

Forget about the typical boring party venues – at Craft Axe Throwing your graduation bash will be anything but ordinary.

So why settle for the mundane when you can celebrate in style? Book your graduation party at Craft Axe Throwing and make memories that will last a lifetime! Don’t wait let the axe-venture begin!

Mauldin Theatre Company’s 2024 Summer Camps registration open
Apr 16 all-day
Mauldin Cultural Center

We have 6 exciting camp options for various ages. See a preview below and click the link for more information on each camp and to register.

Leading Player 2-Week Intensive Camp (Ages 12-17)

June 3, 2024 – June 7, 2024 &  June 10, 2024 – June 14, 2024
9:00am – 1:30pm (Ages 12-17)

Young Playwrights Camp (Ages 10-17)

June 3, 2024 – June 7, 2024
2:00pm – 5:00pm (Ages 10 -17)

Behind the Scenes Camp (Ages 10-17)

July 10, 2024 – July 14, 2024
2:00pm – 5:00pm (Ages 10-17)

Shakespeare it Up! Camp (Ages 10-17)

June 18, 2024 – June 20, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Broadway Beginner Camp (Ages 6-11)

June 24, 2024 – June 28, 2024
9:00am – 12:00pm

Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition (Ages 6-17)

July 15, 2024 – July 19, 2024 & July 22, 2024 – July 27, 2024
9:00am – 4:00pm

 

Mile High Swinging Bridge
Apr 16 all-day
Grandfather Mountain

One of the top highlights and memories of visits to Grandfather Mountain nature park is walking across the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge. Since 1952, visitors have “oohed” and “aahed” at the bridge’s 360-degree panoramic views. America’s highest suspension footbridge gives easy access to the spectacular views atop Grandfather Mountain’s Linville Peak, elevation 5,305 feet.

The 228-foot suspension bridge spans an 80-foot chasm at more than one mile in elevation (hence the name!). To reach the Mile High Swinging Bridge, drive the two-mile, winding scenic road up the mountain to the summit parking area by the Top Shop. Climb 50 stairs adjacent to the parking area or inside the Top Shop to reach the short pathway to the bridge. Also, an elevator in the Top Shop takes you to the third floor for a level walk to the bridge.

Top Shop

Located adjacent to the Bridge, the Top Shop features a gift shop, snacks, restrooms, elevator and second-floor exhibition area. Also get the latest park information and trail maps. Read more.

Accessibility

Inside the Top Shop, an elevator makes the Mile High Swinging Bridge accessible to people with mobility challenges, including those in wheelchairs. From the Top Shop, there is a paved 50-yard path to the bridge. Read more about our accessibility.

Tickets & Hours

Walking across the Mile High Swinging Bridge is included in your Grandfather Mountain admission ticket that includes many other things to do in our nature park. Buy tickets online and book a reservation time to enter the park. You do not need a separate reservation for the bridge. It’s open, weather permitting, every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. See hours.

More to Explore

Before or after visiting the Mile High Swinging Bridge, allow time to enjoy other parts of the mountain: wildlife habitats, Wilson Center for Nature Discovery, restaurant, hiking trails, roadside overlooks, picnic areas and more. See more Things to Do.

Nearby Hiking Trails

Trailheads to many of the Grandfather Mountain hiking trails are located near the Swinging Bridge. In fact, the 0.4 mile Bridge Trail takes you beneath the bridge, starting from the Black Rock parking area just below the summit. For details on our nearby trails, go to our Hiking Guide.

Bridge Tips & Tidbits

  • Does it really swing? Very little — unlike the original one. Today’s bridge is made of steel and reinforced with cables and springs. It has railings on the sides to ensure safety.
  • We suggest you wear rubber-soled shoes and walk with care when crossing the rocks on the far side of the bridge.
  • If heights give you pause, you can still enjoy Blue Ridge Mountain views from the ground before you reach the bridge and even from the parking area.
  • Due to periodic extreme weather conditions at the bridge, it closes when there is area lightning, high wind or icy conditions.
  • The official U.S. Weather Service Reporting Station atop the Mile High Swinging Bridge has provided daily weather observations since 1955. The temperature is usually 10 to 20 degrees cooler than in the flatlands you see below. It’s also one of the windiest locations in North Carolina, with a 124-mph record set in winter 2019. Learn more about our weather.
  • Pets are allowed on the bridge if well behaved and on a leash.
  • Photographs and videos to remember your visit are encouraged. Be mindful of sharp drop-offs along the Linville Peak ridge. Drones are not allowed. See our photography policies.
  • The Singing Bridge? When the wind blows, the Mile High Swinging Bridge “sings” in the same way as a harmonica.
  • In April through October, join Grandfather’s expert naturalists by the Bridge for Interpretive Talks about the our unique weather, climate, flora and fauna. Read more.
  • Need driving directions? The address for Grandfather Mountain’s entrance gate is 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646 (click link for Google Maps). There are no shuttles, so you must have your own vehicle to explore our nature park. No RVs longer than 28 feet in length or hinged vehicles are allowed through the Entrance Gate. See detailed directions.
  • To see much more info, see our Plan Your Visit section.

Mile High Swinging Bridge History

Former North Carolina Tourism Director Charles J. Parker coined the name “Mile High Swinging Bridge” at the Bridge’s dedication in 1952. The term “mile high” refers to the structure’s elevation above sea level (5,280 feet). The term “swinging” refers to the fact that suspension bridges are free to sway.

The original 1952 bridge was designed by Charles Hartmann Jr. of Greensboro, N.C. It was fabricated in Greensboro and then reassembled on top of the Mountain. Erecting the bridge took three weeks, a process slowed by inclement weather created by a hurricane off the North Carolina coast. Cost was $15,000. It was dedicated on Sept. 2, 1952 by North Carolina Gov. William B. Umstead.

The bridge was rebuilt in 1999 using the original towers. The cables, floor boards and side rails were all replaced using galvanized steel. One of the main advantages of the modern building materials is that they do not have to be painted. Now, Grandfather Mountain employees will not have to hang out over the gorge to paint the span. It was redesigned by Sutton, Kennerly & Associates Engineering of Asheville, N.C., and rebuilt by Taylor & Murphy Construction Company of Asheville. The cost of rebuilding was $300,000.

NC Arboretum Hiking Trails
Apr 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
NC Arboretum

Located within the wildly-popular and botanically beautiful Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum offers more than 10 miles of hiking trails that connect to many other area attractions such as Lake Powhatan, the Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Visitors of all ages and abilities can enjoy their hiking experience at the Arboretum as trail options include easy, moderate, and difficult challenge levels. All trails are dog-friendly and visitors are asked to adhere to the proper waste disposing procedures for pets.

Part of a running group that would like to use the Arboretum as a starting point or parking location? Please review our Running Group Guidance and email [email protected] with any questions.

Youth Art Month Exhibition
Apr 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chapman Cultural Center

Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.

2024 Youth Art Month Schedule: 
Installation dates: March 6-12, 2024
Exhibit dates: March 13- April 28, 2024
Reception date: Thursday, March 14 from 4 PM-6 PM, Hosted by District 3

We are excited to announce that there will be four awards in the 2024 Youth Art Month Exhibit.  Winners will be selected by an expert panel.

YOUTH ART MONTH AWARDS 2024

The President’s Award – $150

Artistic Excellence Awards:
Grades K-5 – $100
Grades 6-8 – $100
Grades 9-12 – $100

Awards will be presented at the public reception.

Teens Meet: Furry Friends
Apr 16 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Middle Tyger Library

Meet adoptable animals from the Spartanburg Humane Society to pet and love. For teens ages 12-18 or in grades 7-12.

NASA Explores
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Chesnee Library

Join Planetarium Director Andy Flynt as he shares a brief history of three satellites on display at the Chesnee Library this month. Mariner 9 was sent to Mars in 1971 to send back the first photos of the Red Planet. Stardust was launched in 1999 and sent to Comets Wild-2 and Tempel 1, returning dust samples from Wild-2 back to Earth in 2006. Dawn was launched in 2007 and orbited protoplanet Vest and the dwarf planet Ceres, sending back information on both and how to the solar system was formed. Afterward he will give an update on the progress of our new Planetarium.

Wofford Terriers vs Presbyterian College
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm
Russell C. King Field

Follow the Terriers on Twitter at @WoffordBaseball

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Mauldin Theatre Company’s 2024 Summer Camps registration open
Apr 17 all-day
Mauldin Cultural Center

We have 6 exciting camp options for various ages. See a preview below and click the link for more information on each camp and to register.

Leading Player 2-Week Intensive Camp (Ages 12-17)

June 3, 2024 – June 7, 2024 &  June 10, 2024 – June 14, 2024
9:00am – 1:30pm (Ages 12-17)

Young Playwrights Camp (Ages 10-17)

June 3, 2024 – June 7, 2024
2:00pm – 5:00pm (Ages 10 -17)

Behind the Scenes Camp (Ages 10-17)

July 10, 2024 – July 14, 2024
2:00pm – 5:00pm (Ages 10-17)

Shakespeare it Up! Camp (Ages 10-17)

June 18, 2024 – June 20, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Broadway Beginner Camp (Ages 6-11)

June 24, 2024 – June 28, 2024
9:00am – 12:00pm

Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition (Ages 6-17)

July 15, 2024 – July 19, 2024 & July 22, 2024 – July 27, 2024
9:00am – 4:00pm

 

Mile High Swinging Bridge
Apr 17 all-day
Grandfather Mountain

One of the top highlights and memories of visits to Grandfather Mountain nature park is walking across the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge. Since 1952, visitors have “oohed” and “aahed” at the bridge’s 360-degree panoramic views. America’s highest suspension footbridge gives easy access to the spectacular views atop Grandfather Mountain’s Linville Peak, elevation 5,305 feet.

The 228-foot suspension bridge spans an 80-foot chasm at more than one mile in elevation (hence the name!). To reach the Mile High Swinging Bridge, drive the two-mile, winding scenic road up the mountain to the summit parking area by the Top Shop. Climb 50 stairs adjacent to the parking area or inside the Top Shop to reach the short pathway to the bridge. Also, an elevator in the Top Shop takes you to the third floor for a level walk to the bridge.

Top Shop

Located adjacent to the Bridge, the Top Shop features a gift shop, snacks, restrooms, elevator and second-floor exhibition area. Also get the latest park information and trail maps. Read more.

Accessibility

Inside the Top Shop, an elevator makes the Mile High Swinging Bridge accessible to people with mobility challenges, including those in wheelchairs. From the Top Shop, there is a paved 50-yard path to the bridge. Read more about our accessibility.

Tickets & Hours

Walking across the Mile High Swinging Bridge is included in your Grandfather Mountain admission ticket that includes many other things to do in our nature park. Buy tickets online and book a reservation time to enter the park. You do not need a separate reservation for the bridge. It’s open, weather permitting, every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. See hours.

More to Explore

Before or after visiting the Mile High Swinging Bridge, allow time to enjoy other parts of the mountain: wildlife habitats, Wilson Center for Nature Discovery, restaurant, hiking trails, roadside overlooks, picnic areas and more. See more Things to Do.

Nearby Hiking Trails

Trailheads to many of the Grandfather Mountain hiking trails are located near the Swinging Bridge. In fact, the 0.4 mile Bridge Trail takes you beneath the bridge, starting from the Black Rock parking area just below the summit. For details on our nearby trails, go to our Hiking Guide.

Bridge Tips & Tidbits

  • Does it really swing? Very little — unlike the original one. Today’s bridge is made of steel and reinforced with cables and springs. It has railings on the sides to ensure safety.
  • We suggest you wear rubber-soled shoes and walk with care when crossing the rocks on the far side of the bridge.
  • If heights give you pause, you can still enjoy Blue Ridge Mountain views from the ground before you reach the bridge and even from the parking area.
  • Due to periodic extreme weather conditions at the bridge, it closes when there is area lightning, high wind or icy conditions.
  • The official U.S. Weather Service Reporting Station atop the Mile High Swinging Bridge has provided daily weather observations since 1955. The temperature is usually 10 to 20 degrees cooler than in the flatlands you see below. It’s also one of the windiest locations in North Carolina, with a 124-mph record set in winter 2019. Learn more about our weather.
  • Pets are allowed on the bridge if well behaved and on a leash.
  • Photographs and videos to remember your visit are encouraged. Be mindful of sharp drop-offs along the Linville Peak ridge. Drones are not allowed. See our photography policies.
  • The Singing Bridge? When the wind blows, the Mile High Swinging Bridge “sings” in the same way as a harmonica.
  • In April through October, join Grandfather’s expert naturalists by the Bridge for Interpretive Talks about the our unique weather, climate, flora and fauna. Read more.
  • Need driving directions? The address for Grandfather Mountain’s entrance gate is 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646 (click link for Google Maps). There are no shuttles, so you must have your own vehicle to explore our nature park. No RVs longer than 28 feet in length or hinged vehicles are allowed through the Entrance Gate. See detailed directions.
  • To see much more info, see our Plan Your Visit section.

Mile High Swinging Bridge History

Former North Carolina Tourism Director Charles J. Parker coined the name “Mile High Swinging Bridge” at the Bridge’s dedication in 1952. The term “mile high” refers to the structure’s elevation above sea level (5,280 feet). The term “swinging” refers to the fact that suspension bridges are free to sway.

The original 1952 bridge was designed by Charles Hartmann Jr. of Greensboro, N.C. It was fabricated in Greensboro and then reassembled on top of the Mountain. Erecting the bridge took three weeks, a process slowed by inclement weather created by a hurricane off the North Carolina coast. Cost was $15,000. It was dedicated on Sept. 2, 1952 by North Carolina Gov. William B. Umstead.

The bridge was rebuilt in 1999 using the original towers. The cables, floor boards and side rails were all replaced using galvanized steel. One of the main advantages of the modern building materials is that they do not have to be painted. Now, Grandfather Mountain employees will not have to hang out over the gorge to paint the span. It was redesigned by Sutton, Kennerly & Associates Engineering of Asheville, N.C., and rebuilt by Taylor & Murphy Construction Company of Asheville. The cost of rebuilding was $300,000.

GCCA Summer Art Camp registration open
Apr 17 @ 9:00 am
online w/ GCCA

Weekly art camps at GCCA are designed to let kids ages 5-12 explore their creativity through a range of materials and concepts. Each week features a different engaging theme for children to explore through multiple mediums and includes professional guest artists who demonstrate technique and discuss what makes their work unique.

Monday-Friday
9am-12pm

Multi-Color Magic, June 3-7
Animation and Creation, June 10-14
Dive into (Water)color, June 17-21
Homegrown Art, June 24-28
ARTcycling, July 8-12
Out of this World Art!, July 15-19
Jurassic ART, July 22-26
Back to School is COOL!, July 29-August 2

NC Arboretum Hiking Trails
Apr 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
NC Arboretum

Located within the wildly-popular and botanically beautiful Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum offers more than 10 miles of hiking trails that connect to many other area attractions such as Lake Powhatan, the Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Visitors of all ages and abilities can enjoy their hiking experience at the Arboretum as trail options include easy, moderate, and difficult challenge levels. All trails are dog-friendly and visitors are asked to adhere to the proper waste disposing procedures for pets.

Part of a running group that would like to use the Arboretum as a starting point or parking location? Please review our Running Group Guidance and email [email protected] with any questions.

Youth Art Month Exhibition
Apr 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chapman Cultural Center

Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.

2024 Youth Art Month Schedule: 
Installation dates: March 6-12, 2024
Exhibit dates: March 13- April 28, 2024
Reception date: Thursday, March 14 from 4 PM-6 PM, Hosted by District 3

We are excited to announce that there will be four awards in the 2024 Youth Art Month Exhibit.  Winners will be selected by an expert panel.

YOUTH ART MONTH AWARDS 2024

The President’s Award – $150

Artistic Excellence Awards:
Grades K-5 – $100
Grades 6-8 – $100
Grades 9-12 – $100

Awards will be presented at the public reception.

TCMU Tots
Apr 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
TCMU Spartanburg

Skill-building and community-building for toddlers and their caregivers! Little ones ages 2-5 will explore role-playing, storytelling, and interactive activities, fostering early social skills and a world of make-believe adventures that could include an ice cream shop, car wash or post office!

STEM Storytime
Apr 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Spartanburg Science Center

Come listen to a STEM story read by Education Director, Miss Mae, every other week! We will read a book and have open play time for FREE!

 

Every participant will recieve a STEM bookmark punchcard. After every four STEM storytime visits, you and your child will recieve a FREE book during your fifth visit!

storytime AT the SCIENCE CENTER

We are excited to announce that we are launching our

STEM storytime in December! STEM storytime is designed

for ages five and under as a way to spark excitement for

Science through books. Each session will feature a different

STEM-related book and will include interactive segments to

keep everyone engaged.

Details:

 

Every other Wednesday (1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month)

 

10:00 am – 10:30 am

 

Designed for children ages 5 and under and their caregivers

 

There will be room to store strollers in the main room if needed

 

Free of charge

Tuckasegee River Excursion
Apr 17 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

TAKE A TRAIN RIDE ALONG SIDE THE BEAUTIFUL NANTAHALA RIVER ON OUR NANTAHALA GORGE EXCURSION! DEPARTING FROM BRYSON CITY, THIS 4½ HOUR ROUNDTRIP EXCURSION CARRIES YOU 44 MILES TO THE NANTAHALA GORGE AND BACK AGAIN ARRIVING AT OUR BRYSON CITY DEPOT.

Ride this excursion via Steam or Diesel locomotive power!

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Great Smoky Mountains while traveling along the Tennessee and Nantahala (nan-tuh-HAY-luh) River. The historic trellis bridge Fontana Trestle takes you across Fontana Lake and into the beautiful Nantahala Gorge. Onboard dining is available in First Class Seating and selecting from our First Class dining menu options OR you can pre-purchase a box lunch option to make this an amazing unique moving dining experience. Arrive at our layover destination in the heart of the Nantahala Gorge for a one-hour layover where you can relax by the river or enjoy sightseeing!

Itinerary

30m before departure Boarding begins at Bryson City Depot
See schedule for departure time Depart Bryson City, NC
1h 45m Reach top of the line
2h 00m Begin return
2h 30m—3h 30m Layover
3h 30m Depart Layover
4h 30m Arrive at Bryson City Depot
Time from Departure Activity
Story Time + More
Apr 17 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
TCMU Spartanburg

Listen, respond and imagine during Story Time & More! Young learners can listen and respond to a story and participate in enrichment activities designed to ignite fun, discovery and learning.

Softball: Wofford Terriers vs South Carolina State University
Apr 17 @ 3:00 pm
Hope Field
Softball: Wofford Terriers vs South Carolina State University
Apr 17 @ 5:00 pm
Hope Field
Thursday, April 18, 2024
BRING ON SPRING w/ Nantahala Outdoor Center
Apr 18 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center