Blowing Rock / Highlands Region
The town of Blowing Rock in Watauga and Caldwell Counties, North Carolina, took its name from the famous rock formation towering 3,000 feet (914 meters) above Johns River Gorge, and which was the site of a wonderful Native American legend of love and duty. Today, The Blowing Rock is a popular year-round tourist attraction with spectacular long-range panoramic views.
When the town of Blowing Rock was incorporated in 1889, it counted a population of around 300, which grew to circa 1,300 in 2015.
Blowing Rock’s cooler summer temperatures at an elevation of 3,566 feet (1,087 meters) have always attracted large numbers of summer tourists. They in turn have drawn restaurants, hotels, artists and shops to this area.
As the Blue Ridge Parkway passes by just to the north of town at Milepost 291, visitors have easy access to wonderful parks, amazing lookouts and countless opportunities to hike and to enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.