Blowing Rock Travel Guide

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    Boone Fork
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  • Deer along Boone Fork Trail
    Deer along Boone Fork Trail
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Blowing Rock Things to Do

  • Visit the Moses H. Cone Park

    As you drive the Blue Ridge Parkway between Mileposts 292 and 295, you will actually be driving through about 2.5 miles of the forests and meadows of the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park which preserves the 13,000-square-foot mansion (known as Flat Top Manor) of Moses Cone, a textile entrepreneur, conservationist, and philanthropist. The access point to...

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  • A BIT ABOUT BLOWING ROCK

    High in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina BLOWING ROCK has been a destination for travellers seeking a place to rest and rejuvenate since the 1800's. Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, the village offers an array of shops, restaurants and lodging.Hans and I certainly enjoyed our afternoon in this charming village. As it was a warm...

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  • RUMPLE MEMORIA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

    The stone sanctuary was started in 1905 according to plans drawn by Dr. William J. Martin, Jr, and finished by 1912. Local people did most of the work. Stones were hauled from Flat Top Mountain and other nearby sites. Summer people gave support and money. The impressive slate roof and stone buttresses, along with the chestnut ceiling and support...

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  • VISIT THE BLOWING ROCK

    Saturday, October 30, 2010It was a lovely sunny day, so we decided to take a drive up the Hwy 321 to Blowing Rock, which is about an hour's drive north of Hickory. The drive up was beautiful especially with the mountains showing off their fall foliage. We got to THE BLOWING ROCK, parked the van and walked to the Visitor Center/Gift shop/...

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  • Blue Ridge Learning Center

    I participated in a Team Building workshop put on by Blue Ridge Learning Center. One day was in-seat and one day was on an outdoor challenge rope course. BIG TIME FUN. Liked first day.... ADORED second day. Rope Courses ROCK!!! Zip line and everything.The faciliator (Byron) was great and the weather was perfect. Good job by the Center and good time...

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  • Mystery Hill & Applachian Heritage...

    Mystery Hill is a family-oriented entertainment complex with four attractions of fun and games plus a historical view of over 50,000 Native American artifacts and life in the Appalachian Mountains in the 19th century. It is named for its phenomenons that occur allegedly from gravitational pulls from the side of the surrounding mountain.It is over...

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  • see The Blowing Rock

    There are many Indian legends about this projection point over the Johns River valley. Most of the legends have to do with love and losing a loved one. There is always a breeze passing over the rock edge (hence the name "blowing" rock). And the panoramic view is fantastic. You can literally see for miles and miles. The park association has...

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  • Take a Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway!

    The Blue Ridge Parkway can be accessed from many points as it stretches over 300 miles in length from Virginia thru Western North Carolina. I used Blowing Rock as it is the closest point of access from my home. I can be on the Parkway in only 45 minutes or so and it provides scenic views in any time of year. Winter can be a bit iffy as if there is...

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  • Visit THE BLOWING ROCK

    The main attraction of the town is located off Highway 321S. There is a $6.00 entrance (less for kids and seniors). Inside the park, there is: a Gardenwaterfall, observation tower, nature trail and of course... THE BLowing Rock.THE LEGEND:in briefIt is said that a Chickasaw chief, fearful of a white man's admiration for his daughther, went far from...

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Blowing Rock Hotels

  • Cliff Dwellers Inn

    116 Lakeview Terrace, Blowing Rock, North Carolina, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Green Park Inn

    9239 Valley Boulevard, Blowing Rock, North Carolina, 28605, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Westglow Spa

    2845 Highway 221 South, Blowing Rock, North Carolina, 28605, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Blowing Rock Restaurants

  • Great Food and Drink in Blowing Rock

    We stopped for lunch here after camping along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Julian Price Park. It was very cold overnight, dropping to 30 °F, so we wanted something warm and decided to split a bowl of chicken wing soup and an order of Sheppard's pie. Both were very good, especially the chicken wing soup, which had just a bit of spice. They also have a...

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  • Frowns upon family dining

    A friend and I took my 6 yr old daughter to Tweetsie Railroad. After a long day of traveling, we wanted to try a unique local restaurant - not a chain. We decided on Twigs in Blowing Rock. The hotel front desk said they had good feedback about the food and that jeans were allowed (always a plus). We arrived at Twings around 7PM on a Thursday. The...

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  • faux aussie

    The decor is what Americans think is Australian (boomerangs, tribal art, pictures of kangaroos and koalas) but the food is strictly USA.The best dinners are the prime rib and the spring chicken. The steak is done medium well and a bit red in the very center and the edges are crispy. The chicken is basted with honey mustard and is served with...

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  • Down home country BBQ

    Established in 1977 and located just minutes south the Blue Ridge Parkway on Highway 321 Bypass in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, The Woodlands Restaurant specializes in North Carolina Barbecue Pork and Ribs with great food and nightly entertainment. The Woodland's Menu features barbecue beef, pork, chicken and ribs. They serve Home style Mexican...

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  • Food, drink, music and views!

    This is a landmark restaurant for the area and caters to all sorts of customers from sports-bar types to college types to regular travelers. The building is over 100 years old and sits on a cliffside and has served many purposes over the years.There is regularly scheduled music from well-known entertainers and there is an awesome Jazz Brunch every...

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  • two of my favorites

    Take two of my favorites, ice cream and chocolates, and put them into one store.... heavenly.Decorated to look like an old general store or pharmacy, you have just about every type of chocolate treat on racks and in jars and on shelves, right at your finger tips. It is difficult not to over-spend in this store. There are boxes of cremes with dark...

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  • Un-gourmet Italian

    Perhaps we went on an off night . . ;. First, let me say what I liked about the restaurant:-Good bread with tasty garlic butter-Great wine by the glass menu(And, if you don't want to read the below, here is my short summary: save your money and go somewhere that has good service and "gourmet" Italian--you will not find it here)Now, why this was one...

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  • Spectacular Views!

    We pretty much all agree that when you find a parking lot full of cars it's a good indication of a restaurant's popularity, right? You'll find the food quite good here at Canyon's but with a distinct bonus- The View! If you can, make sure to arrive late in the day and request a seat on the back patio. Hopefully, it will be a nice sunny day and you...

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  • View with a Restaurant

    Good mix of American / Pub Fare with some southwest options and an fantastic beer and wine selection. But you go here mostly for the VIEW of the Blue Ridge mountains. Go at sunset. You won't be disppointed. Try to sit in the outside deck area if you want to really get a great view of the setting sun. I had Black beans / yellow rice w/ tomatoes and...

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Blowing Rock Shopping

  • KITES -FLAGS - GARDEN SPINNERS

    The PANDORA'S MAILBOX was so attractive from the outside that I just had to take a peek at the inside. They carried unique pieces of jewellery from Holly Yashi and Ayala Bar. Also kites - flags - wind garden spinners. And cards of all desriptions. Enjoyed browsing!

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  • UPSCALE SHOPPING

    A really cool area of Blowing Rock to shop is at the upscale SOUTH MARKE. You go down a little walkway off of the main street and you will come upon charming little shops all nestled along the walkway. Here you will find:100 West Union Barking Rock Pet Boutique & BakeryFlora Ottimer Children's BoutiqueGregory Alan's (pic #1 )Monkee's (pic #...

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  • "downtown"

    Several of the streets in "downtown" Blowing Rock are dotted with shops and retail stores (as well as restautants). Sunset Drive is one example.At the street corner, you find placards like the one below, advertising the stores that you will find on that road.Bliss's Bath and Body Boutique where you'll find soaps and bubbles to suit any...

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Blowing Rock Local Customs

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    by davecallahan Updated Sep 15, 2007

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    The summertime brings arts and crafts festivals one Saturday every month from May through October. This year (2007) is the 45th anniversary and the dates are 19MAY, 16JUN, 21JUL, 18AUG, 8SEP, 6OCT. The festival is open from 10am to 6pm on each of those days, rain or shine.
    (for dates in the current year, just call the phone number listed below).

    The tents are set up and the merchandise is for sale and some of it is entered in the juried selection. You can purchase for the vendors and watch the judging process to see which artisan gets the gold in the various arts/crafts classifications: painting, etching, stained and blown glass, basketry, wood carving and turning, clay, photography, fiber, jewelry.
    Over 100 craftspersons will have their works on sale in a flea-market environment.

    The Memorial Park is nearby so parents can drop their older kids off over there to play on the playground while the parents spend a little time shopping.

    to get there:
    the American Legion Parade Grounds
    333 Wallingford Street, one block west of route 321 and one block south of route US221

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Blowing Rock Warnings and Dangers

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    by davecallahan Written Sep 16, 2007

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    In the last five years, there have not been any murders, there have been only one rape and two robberies and 7 assaults. And that is for a population of more than 1500 permanent residents and twice that number of tourists. The crime statistics for this area are less than half the rate for an average town in North Carolina. Blowing Rock rates "very low risk" on the crime charts for recurrent crimes.
    There is only one sex offender registered for the entire area around Blowing Rock.

    This is a very safe place to visit on vacation; it is a fun spot for families to get together.

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Blowing Rock Off The Beaten Path

  • Hiking at Price Park

    Julian Price Memorial Park is located at mile marker 297 on the Blue Ridge Parkway and has several miles of scenic hiking trails. The most popular trail is the Price Lake Trail, a short 2.7-mile loop around the lake. The Boone Fork Trail makes a big look following the Boone Fork a mile or two before reaching Hebron Rock Colony, where the river...

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  • Memorial Park

    You have had a busy couple of days in Blowing Rock, visiting and sightseeing and now its time for a quick break from vacationing. Visit Memorial Park where you can have yourself a picnic lunch (maybe pizza from the local constabulary) and layout a blanket on the ground and lay back and relax. You might even catch an impromptu bit of musical...

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  • eye on the sky

    The weather is usually pretty good in NC but when you are in doubt about what it will be like in Blowing Rock when you are about to visit then you can use the link below. It gives you live access to a webcam at the Appalachian Ski...

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  • More Visa of the Blue Ridge Parkway

    I think the best thing to do now is let the pictures speak for themselves. I will only add that I personally named this first picture "Elephant Mountain." It's not known as that... in fact, I'm not sure if this particular area has a name but it sure takes the look of an elephant so who knows? Maybe I've named a new place! Probably not. Do you see...

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  • Blue Ridge Parkway- Nature's Way!

    I'm very fortunate for living less than an hour's drive away from the slow, leisurely drive afforded along this pristeen skyline. I'm very stupid that I don't take greater advantage of it! The Blue Ridge Parkway construction began in the 1930's as a means of providing employment for the many displaced workers during the Depression years and with...

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