The Blowing Rock

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.

At an elevation of 3,000 feet (914 m),  The Blowing Rock  is North Carolina’s oldest travel destination. Ever since it opened in 1933, it has been a favorite among tourists. The picture-perfect postcard views of the  Blue Ridge Mountains  and  Grandfather Mountain  in the distance are certainly one of the reasons. The other is the beautiful Native American legend of love, which has made the rock famous.

At an elevation of 3,000 feet (914 m), The Blowing Rock is North Carolina’s oldest travel destination. Ever since it opened in 1933, it has been a favorite among tourists. The picture-perfect postcard views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Grandfather Mountain in the distance are certainly one of the reasons. The other is the beautiful Native American legend of love, which has made the rock famous.

Although the park is small in size, it impresses visitors with its breathtaking views. A  Gazebo  and an  Observation Tower  are located in the park to allow visitors to enjoy unobstructed panoramic views.

Although the park is small in size, it impresses visitors with its breathtaking views. A Gazebo and an Observation Tower are located in the park to allow visitors to enjoy unobstructed panoramic views.

The  Observation Tower  extends out from the cliff.

The Observation Tower extends out from the cliff.

It rewards the daring with incredible long range views of the  Blue Ridge Mountains .

It rewards the daring with incredible long range views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Grandfather Mountain , here in view in the center of the image, is 5,946 feet (1,812 m) high. The mountain features the famous  Mile High Swinging Bridge , which at 5,280 feet above sea level is the most elevated suspension footbridge in the U.S. To the left is  Grandmother Mountai n and to the right is  Beech Mountain .

Grandfather Mountain, here in view in the center of the image, is 5,946 feet (1,812 m) high. The mountain features the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge, which at 5,280 feet above sea level is the most elevated suspension footbridge in the U.S. To the left is Grandmother Mountain and to the right is Beech Mountain.

Take your time at the park to fully enjoy these incredible panoramas.

Take your time at the park to fully enjoy these incredible panoramas.

A Wonderful Legend of Love and Duty

The legend says that a Chickasaw chieftain’s daughter was daydreaming on the overhang. She 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.

The legend says that a Chickasaw chieftain’s daughter was daydreaming on the overhang. She 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. In the winter, the strong updraft even makes snow rise instead of falling to the ground.

According to legend, from that day on wind gusts are blowing up from the valley. In the winter, the strong updraft even makes snow rise instead of falling to the ground.

A small stone memorial with a brass plaque, describing the legend, is located on the side of  The Rock .

A small stone memorial with a brass plaque, describing the legend, is located on the side of The Rock.

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.


 

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The Grounds

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.

The 2,000 square-foot (186m²)  Main Building  tastefully 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 .

The 2,000 square-foot (186m²) Main Building tastefully 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 throughout the park invite you to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Benches throughout the park invite you to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Whether you visit the park in the morning or the afternoon, during spring or fall, the sunlight always highlights different parts of the mountain ranges, which make the views so incredible. The park is open year round.

Whether you visit the park in the morning or the afternoon, during spring or fall, the sunlight always highlights different parts of the mountain ranges, which make the views so incredible. The park is open year round.



432 The Rock Road, Blowing Rock, NC 28645
Tel.: → (828) 295 7111

 
 
 

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.


Adults: $7

Seniors (60+): $6

Military: $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.