Blowing Rock, North Carolina is a quaint village located in the Blue Ride Mountains where the majestic beauty of mother nature meets the adventurous spirit of loving communities. Born from the hard work of entrepreneurs and the generosity of philanthropists, Blowing Rock has stories to tell and treasures to find. Family-friendly destinations and sophisticated locations offer visitors the best of both worlds. Scroll to see the full list with photos or jump to the table of contents.


Tweetsie Railroad

Tweetsie Railroad

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Tweetsie Railroad is a Wild West theme park where guests catch a ride on a train being pulled by an old-fashioned steam locomotive. This 3-mile scenic mountain adventure in North Carolina has excitement the whole family will enjoy. Tweetsie Railroad is a great family destination with 14 carnival-style rides and a variety of live entertainment. Musicals and magic shows delight audiences of all ages. Can-can dancers take the stage with old westerns playing on the screen between performances and the Country Clogging Jamboree mixes it up with high-energy Appalachian dancing. The final stop while visiting Tweetsie Railroad is Deer Park Zoo with yellow-bellied turtles, emus, and micro-mini donkeys to name a few.

300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, Phone: 800-526-5740


Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

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Moses H. Cone Memorial Park was the country home of prosperous entrepreneur Moses Cone. This 3500 acreage offers 25-miles of picturesque trails winding through lush white pine forest and open fields. The highlight of this massive property is the 13,000 square foot, 20-room mansion, Flat Top Manor where guests can take in the lavish and luxury of the Gilded Age. Painted a brilliant white, this architectural work of art stands bold against the rich green pine forest backdrop. Popular activities at the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park include hiking, horseback riding and fishing the stocked lakes for bass and trout.

Blue Ridge Parkway, Milepost 294, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605, Phone: 828-295-3782


The Blowing Rock

The Blowing Rock

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The Blowing Rock of the Blue Ridge Mountains was created under crushing pressure over 250 million years ago when the mountain range formed. Years of erosion exposed the now visible formation known as The Blowing Rock. The stripping feature of Blowing Rock occurred when the rock minerals aligned during the heat and pressure all those millions of years ago. The legendary love story of a Chickasaw maiden and a Cherokee brave tells the tale of how the Blowing Rock got its name. The heart-stopping views along the 1200 foot-long path overlooking the valley below will leave visitors speechless.

432 The Rock Road, Blowing Rock, NC 28645, Phone: 828-295-7111

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Julian Price Memorial Park

Julian Price Memorial Park

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Julian Price Memorial Park is 4200 acres of rolling landscape at the base of Grandfather Mountain. When combined with the neighboring Moses H. Cone Memorial Park these two parks are the largest area on Blue Ridge Parkway to be developed for public recreation. Activities at Julian Price Memorial Park range from family picnics along the Parkway to catching fish while boating on Price Lake. Hikers and mountain bike riders can enjoy a 13.5-mile trail that travels along the Parkway from Price Lake to Beacon Heights. Camping under the stars gives nature lovers the chance to immerse themselves in the wonders of the Blue Ridge Mountains. More Day Trips in NC

Milepost 297 Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, Phone: 828-963-5911

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Flat Top Manor

Flat Top Manor

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Flat Top Manor was constructed by Moses H. Cone and his wife Bertha beginning in 1899 and was completed in 1901. The lavish home was inspired by the Biltmore Estate of George Vanderbilt in nearby Asheville, North Carolina. Moses’ love of nature and passion for farming moved him to plant a forest of white pines, hemlock hedges, orchards, gardens, and raise livestock. Flat Top Manor is free to the public with guided tours of the second floor provided by the park rangers. On the first floor, visitors will find the Craft Center managed by the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild, the National Park Service Information Station, and a bookstore.

6570 Blue Ridge Pkwy, Blowing Rock, NC 28605


Appalachian Ski Mountain

Appalachian Ski Mountain

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Appalachian Ski Mountain was originally established in the winter of 1962 as Blowing Rock Ski Lodge. In 1968, it was bought by a group of investors and became Appalachian Ski Mountain. Over the years it has grown and expanded to the 12 ski slopes with two terrain parks and a 46,000 square-foot lodge at the mountain’s base. Amenities at the smoke-free Bavarian-style lodge include tv and game rooms to entertain the kids, a 200’ observation deck for spectacular views of the slopes, and a spacious restaurant for fine dining. The Alpine Ski Shop and The Appalachian Gift Shop carry high-quality ski equipment, accessories, souvenirs, and gifts. More NC Getaways

940 Ski Mountain Rd, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, Phone: 828-295-7828


Blowing Rock Brewery

Blowing Rock Brewery

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Blowing Rock Brewery opened its doors in 2013 after five long years of research and development to create the finest mountain craft-beer in the area. An explosion of support from locals assured Jeff Walker and Todd Rice their hard work had paid off. Along with the brewery, Jeff and Todd opened Blowing Rock Ale House and Inn that provides guests lodging, fine dining, and a micro-brewery packed into one experience. Guest rooms offer unique charm with elegant furnishings, spa-like private baths, and dazzling hardwood floors. The restaurant serves a menu of mountain-inspired artisan dishes prepared by skilled chefs. Appetizers like Crispy Duck Legs and entrees of Carolina Bison Burger are sure to tantalize the most curious palate.

152 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, Phone: 828-414-9254 or 828-414-9600


Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

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Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) is more than just a gallery full of paintings or a museum stuffed with artifacts. The BRAHM provides the community of Blowing Rock a hands-on cultural experience of learning with classes for adults and families. Guest speakers give informative lectures about both the visual and performing arts of the Blue Ridge Mountain region. Workshops are offered where participants actively engage in painting while sipping wine and socializing. Kids can get in on the action with creative art projects and crafts every Tuesday and Thursday. Blowing Rock Art and Museum also hosts a concert series during the summer featuring a range of talented musicians in a variety of styles.

159 Ginny Stevens Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, Phone: 828-295-9099


Green Knob Trail

Green Knob Trail

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Green Knob Trail is a short hiking trail packed with big adventures for nature enthusiasts. At just over two-miles long the various terrain includes flowering tunnels of clustered rhododendron trees, vast pasture lands, trickling creeks, and sparkling diminutive waterfalls. Green Knob Trail’s best starting point begins at Sim’s Pond overlook and takes hikers on a counter-clockwise jaunt around and through scenic mountain landscape with spellbinding views of nearby Grandfather Mountain. This trail is one of the shortest in the area but requires caution and preparedness for wet and rugged conditions, particularly at creek crossings and steep inclines. Visitors must also be aware and alert for bulls that may be grazing in the pastures. More ideas: NC Beaches

Milepost 297 Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, NC 28605

Where to stay: Village Inns of Blowing Rock


French-Swiss Ski College

French-Swiss Ski College

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French-Swiss Ski College was created by world-famous ski instructor Jim Cottrell during the winter of 1968 at Appalachian Ski Mountain. It got its name from the popularity of the Swiss methods and French techniques that were prevalent at the time. Taking lessons from professional instructors is the recommended way to learn how to ski or snowboard rather than the old trial and error method some skiers have used. French-Swiss Ski College has programs for beginners of all ages and classes on proper technique for intermediate terrain. Spaces fill up quickly during the peak of the skiing season so reservations are highly recommended.

940 Ski Mountain Rd, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, Phone: 828-295-9311


Camp Coffee Roasters

Camp Coffee Roasters

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Camp Coffee Roasters was born from one man’s desire to create the perfect cup of coffee. Jason “Jay Camp” Campbell spent time in Iraq during his service in the U.S. Army and now, with the help of his marvelous wife Amanda, he is serving up the finest handcrafted cups of joe. Camp means more than just great coffee, their core values of community, adventure, mindfulness, and passion are the essence of happiness and success. Located on Main Street of Blowing Rock and surrounded by the majestic mountains, Camp Coffee Roasters is the place to be for a delicious coffee and delightful conversation. More North Carolina Vacations

921 Main Street, Blowing Roc, NC 28605


Mystery Hill

Mystery Hill

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One thing is abundantly clear when it comes to Mystery Hill – it’s definitely a totally unique place to visit when in Blowing Rock North Carolina. Here, families will discover some crazy mysteries as well as fun indoor and outdoor adventures that the whole group can enjoy together. Home to the only natural gravitational anomaly in the state, at Mystery Hill, balls roll uphill and water flows upward! Guests can take an educational and entertaining tour of this section of the hill located in the Historic Hudson Apple Orchards. Meanwhile, guests can also check out other attractions at Mystery Hill like the Old Cider Mill Platform, the mechanical bull, Bubblerama, the Hall of Mystery, as well as ax throwing and gem mining areas. More Things to Do in NC

129 Mystery Hill Lane, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605; Phone: 828-264-2792


Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine and Appalachian Fossil Museum

Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine and Appalachian Fossil Museum

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Budding paleontologists, fossil enthusiasts, or even dinosaur enthusiasts will love a trip to Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine and Appalachian Fossil Museum. The museum is home to the largest private collection of fossils in the entire state of North Carolina, and proudly displays fossils found from various states in the country. Additionally, the museum also has unique and rare fossils from abroad with some of the most prized fossils coming in from Mozambique and Africa. Those who are interested in learning about the work that geologists and paleontologists put into fossils can drop by the prep work display where professionals will work on stabilizing and restoring fossils. Not to be missed is either is the museum’s rare minerals and gemstones collection features aquamarine crystals from Georgia, amethysts from South Carolina, and many more.

100 Shoppes on the Parkway Road, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605; Phone: 828-295-2034


Artists in Residence at Edgewood Cottage

Artists in Residence at Edgewood Cottage

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There’s no better place to discover and peruse the works of local artists in the county than Artists in Residence at Edgewood Cottage. Originally the home and studio of Elliot Daingerfield, a Blowing Rock local and popular artist, the Edgewood Cottage have historically been a gathering place for artists since it was erected in the 1890s. To this day artists continue to gather under the home’s roof as roughly 30 artists are invited annually to showcase, display, and sell their art for one week at a time. Great for art enthusiasts, collectors, curators, and even interior designers, there are always great new pieces of art in various mediums just waiting to be discovered at Artists in Residence. More ideas: Resorts in North Carolina

115 Ginny Stevens Lane, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605


High Gravity Adventures Zip Line and Aerial Park

High Gravity Adventures Zip Line and Aerial Park

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How much time does it really take to create a lifetime of memories? At High Gravity Adventures Zip Line and Aerial Park, all it takes is one day of adventure. Home to a multitude of outdoor adventures filled with zip climbs, swings, and more, High Gravity Adventure is the largest aerial adventure park between Blowing Rock and Boone. For just one admission fee, guests can experience all of the park’s activities from the three-person Giant swing, to the High-Altitude Zip Line Tour, down to the Mountain Ninja Course. The park is also home to the Blue Ridge Adventure Park, which is composed of three whopping stories of aerial obstacles that only get more complicated as climbers traverse the course. More ideas: North Carolina Islands

215 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605; Phone: 828-266-0176


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