Blowing Rock North Carolina

The town of Blowing Rock is named after an unusual rock formation which juts out over 1,500 feet above the Johns River gorge. Due to the rock’s unusual shape and size, wind currents from the gorge below often blow vertically which causes light objects to float upwards into the sky.  Blowing Rock is also known as the “Crown of the Blue Ridge Parkway” as well as other names like the “Prettiest Small Town in North Carolina” and “Favorite Southern Destination” by Southern Living Magazine. The town has several natural attractions and events throughout the year that cater to people of all ages. A few events are Art in the Parks, summer concerts, horse shows, shopping and plenty of fine dining.  If you LOVE dessert you will definitely want to visit Kilwins ice cream & fudge shop located in downtown Blowing Rock.

For the kiddos there is the famous Tweetsie Railroad theme park where visitors can ride the train for 3 miles and enjoy the mountain scenery.  The park is also a traditional amusement park that has rides, shops & restaurants that everyone will enjoy.  Other attractions include the historic Green Park Inn and Mystery Hill where you will experience a natural gravitational anomaly that causes objects suspended in mid air to take more force to move one direction than the other.   It is also home to the Moon and Irene Mullins Arrowhead Collection with over 52,000 arrowheads to see!

Jump on the Blue Ridge Parkway and exit at Milepost 294 where you can visit Moses Cone Memorial Park that contains the Moses Cone Manor & Estate.   This country estate is the home of Moses Cone, a prosperous textile entrepreneur and he is commonly known as the “Denim King”  The centerpiece of the estate is Flat Top Manor, a beautiful white 20-room, 13,000 square foot mansion built in 1901 in the grand Colonial Revival style.  On the estate there are two large lakes surrounded by forests and trails that wind for miles and were once carriage trails for the Cone family.  Next to the manor is the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve, where visitors can ride their horses on the trails that span about 25 miles in the park.