The Blowing Rock

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Summary

The Blowing Rock, located in the nearby town of the same name, is a wonderful little family destination with great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Ry Glover

Distance

0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

62.5 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

This is basically a simple hike to a view.

Time To Complete

1 hours

You could experience this view in just 30 minutes, or spend some time and have a picnic.

Seasonality

All Seasons

Every season brings a different kind of charm.

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits

Yes

This is a privately-owned tourist attraction, with fees. Check their site for hours and rates.

Review

Intro

The Blowing Rock, a rock feature located near the extremely homely and cozy mountain town of the same name, is a nice family destination with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you're looking for a moderate or strenuous hike, this is not the destination for you. But if you're looking for a quick, easy jaunt with tons of great photo opportunities, then the Blowing Rock will certainly fulfill that criteria.

What Makes It Great

One of the most celebrated aspects of the Blowing Rock is its rather interesting folklore. The legend is that a Cherokee brave leapt from the rock after being separated from his lover from a different tribe. Grief-stricken, she prayed that he be brought back to her, and he eventually was, after being 'blown' up from the winds circulating beneath the rock.

Who is Going to Love It

Easy might be an understatement. From the parking lot to the rock itself is only a few hundred feet in distance, and the entire trail with the observation tower and gardens included is only about 1,200-feet. So, when we say family-friendly, we mean everyone from the youngest toddlers to the eldest seniors.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Park in the lot and pay your fee; pretty straightforward! After taking in the views and learning the cultural history of the rock, head back into the nearby town to enjoy all sorts of mountain goodness. There are world-class restaurants, cozy coffee houses, fudge stores, outdoor retailers, and plenty of intimate shops.

Location

The Blowing Rock

HIGHWAY 321 SOUTH PO BOX 806
Blowing Rock, NC, 28905
36.114208, -81.660499

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