The Blowing Rock, a rocky outcropping with amazing views, is North Carolina’s oldest attraction.
Scenes to Savor: Blowing Rock’s pedestrian-friendly Main Street is lined with boutiques, restaurants, and a quaint park in the center.
Grandfather Mountain features an animal habitat with otters, eagles, and more, as well as a nature museum.
The Mile High Swinging Bridge
Grandfather Mountain rewards with miles of hiking trails and far-reaching views.
Ride the Rails: Tweetsie Railroad is loads of fun any time, but it can be markedly enjoyable during one of the many special events held throughout the year. Catch Grammy-winning artist David Holt and the Lightning Bolts on May 27. Day out with Thomas runs June 9-18.
Sky High: Ages four and up can take on obstacles and great heights on two distinct courses at High Gravity Adventures. There’s also a three-person giant swing and a ground course akin to that on American Ninja Warrior.
Horseback riding is a fun way to explore the lovely grounds of Moses Cone Manor.
Sights to Behold: The Linn Cove Viaduct, at milepost 304 on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, snakes around Grandfather Mountain. Stop by the visitor center at the south end of the viaduct to learn why it’s considered an engineering marvel.
Smack in the center of town, Blowing Rock Memorial Park has a playground, gazebo, and picnic tables, and holds concerts as well as monthly Art in the Park shows. Visit www.townofblowingrock.com for details.
Julian Price Memorial Park and lake, located at Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 297, sits on 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain. Explore the area via an easy trail that encircles the lake, or rent a canoe or kayak to get out on the water.
Inn at Ragged Gardens