The town of Blowing Rock is appropriately named after its picturesque stone formation called The Blowing Rock cliff. Legend says that the winds, which flow upwards due to the shape of the rock face, are strong enough to make a person float! (Don't try this at home, kids). However, The Blowing Rock cliff is not the only jewel of shining beauty in this sweet little town located near Boone, North Carolina. Blowing Rock is surrounded by mountains and nature on all sides, making it the perfect destination for tourists and homeowners alike. Blowing Rock is rich with everything you love.
Long ago, before the windy cliffs were visited by the Moravian Church of Germany, the area was home to the Cherokee and Catawba Native American tribes. The town eventually became a destination for Scot-Irish settlers and was even later a battleground during the American Civil War.
From very early on, Blowing Rock was a tourist destination. Its beautiful views and crisp mountain air drew attention from residents of the south. The first hotel in Blowing Rock was built in 1884 and was so aptly named the Watauga Hotel. The hotel industry then began to boom in Blowing Rock, and the Watauga Hotel was soon followed by the Green Park Inn, the Blowing Rock Hotel, and the Mayview Manor. Some of these hotels, including the Dan'l Boone Inn, as well as other sites, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Moses Cone's Flat Top Manor, located off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, is in particular a popular historic attraction.
It's no wonder that people have been traveling to Blowing Rock for decades! These views are good for the soul. Blowing Rock offers multiple hiking trails off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Pisgah National Forest, as well as parks such as the Julian Price Lake Memorial Park, which is situated near the Moses Cone Memorial Park. Grandfather Mountain and Linville Falls are only a short drive away.
Blowing Rock is nothing if not fun! Possibly the most possible attraction in Blowing Rock is Tweetsie Railroad, a wild-west theme park that's fun for the whole family! Enjoy a ride on the steam engine, a walk through the petting zoo, and plenty of carnival rides and festival food. Here, you can also enjoy the High Gravity Adventures Zip Line & Aerial Park. BRAHM (Blowing Rock Art & History Museum) is sure to fulfill all of your artsy desires. A short drive away, you can visit Appalachian Ski Mountain for some winter sport activities. Mystery Hill, a natural gravity anomaly and hands-on science museum, has been dubbed "North Carolina's most unique attraction." And, you can get your dig on at Doc's Rock Gem Mine, which is both fun and educational for you and the kids. You'll surely never get bored in Blowing Rock.