Updated: April 2019
A Place of Spectacular Views
Just 2 miles south of the town Blowing Rock, the park The Blowing Rock has seen visitors since 1933 and is North Carolina’s oldest travel attraction.
On a crisp and clear day, the views are just incredible. If you come in the morning, the full panorama unfolds before you perfectly lit in the rising sun.
The grounds are well kept and feature a Gazebo and an Observation Tower. The views from the Observation Tower, in particular, are just breathtaking. Nothing obstructs the panorama, no tree, no branch, simply nothing.
Both the Gazebo and the Observation Tower are accessible by wheelchair.
A Wonderful Legend of Love and Duty
The legend says that a Chickasaw chieftain’s daughter was daydreaming on the overhang and saw a Cherokee brave far below in the wilderness and playfully shot an arrow in his direction. Responding to her flirtation, the brave Cherokee and the chieftain’s daughter soon fell in love with each other.
One day, the sky strangely turned red, and the two lovers went back to The Blowing Rock. He viewed the red sky as a sign of trouble, which commanded him to return to his tribe.
Torn between his love for her and his duty to his tribe he jumped from The Rock into the forest below.
In her sadness, she prayed daily to the Great Spirit for his return.
One night, the sky turned red again, and a gust of wind blew her lover back onto The Rock into her arms.
According to legend, from that day on wind gusts are blowing up from the valley, which in the winter even makes snow rise upward instead of falling to the ground.
The 2,000 square-foot (186m²) Main Building, which visitors enter first coming from the parking lot, also features souvenirs and gifts.
The Gorge View Annex building has a snack bar and also offers local crafts.
Historic photos of the area are on display in the Photo Gallery.
Benches are located throughout the park to provide some shade on a summer day or to relax for a moment and to enjoy these beautiful views.
January to March:
Mon., Thu. to Sun.: 9am to 5pm
April to October:
Mon. to Sun.: 8:30am to 7pm
November and December:
Mon. to Sun.: 9am to 5pm
All year, weather permitting.
Seniors (60+): $6
Children (4-11): $2
Children (3 and younger): free
Free on-premise parking.
The park is familyfriendly.
Several picnic tables are located to the south of The Gorge View Annex building.
The main grounds are accessible with a stroller. There are a few trails that are not accessible.
The main grounds are accessible with a wheelchair. There are a few trails that are not accessible.
Restrooms are located in the Visitor Center and in The Gorge View Annex building.