Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Blowing Rock, North Carolina
sunset at the Rough Ridge Overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, North Carolina

sunset at the Rough Ridge Overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Blowing Rock, NC is located in the mountains of western North Carolina at an elevation of 4,000 feet. Blowing Rock is a popular focus of interest that has long appealed to wealthier travelers, the small town (with a permanent population of only 1,500 residents) offers an interesting selection of gourmet restaurants, luxury bed and breakfast inns, boutiques, galleries, and antiques.

Blowing Rock NC offers numerous fine art and cultural opportunities, such as performances by the Blowing Rock Stage Company, Jazz Society, Concerts in the Park, Ballet Blowing Rock, and Art in the Park. For example, the Art in the Park event draws thousands of tourists to town each summer and Fall, with entertaining shows monthly from June through October. Shows feature paintings, sculptures, jewelry, baskets, furniture, and so much more.

For Blowing Rock, the summers are comfortable, fallcolors are spectacular, the winters are mild, and the springs are a burst of wildflowers. Perhaps that’s why the population of 1,500 swells to several thousand during the summer months.

Outdoor and adventure lovers will find plenty to do in and about Blowing Rock. Fishing, hiking, skiing, canoeing, and golfing can be enjoyed almost all year.

scenic autumn path around Bass Lake in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

scenic autumn path around Bass Lake in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Lodging in Blowing Rock includes charming B&B inns, cabins, chalets and cottages. This resort area is an ideal getaway location for a day, weekend or extended vacation.

Sites and attractions near Blowing Rock include the Blueridge Parkway, Linville Falls, Grandfather Mountain, Museum of North Carolina minerals, Moses Cone Manor–not to mention innumerable great mountain vistas and driving tours.

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