The Blowing Rock

The Blowing Rock

Visit Blowing Rock’s Namesake Landmark

North Carolina’s High Country is filled with beautiful attractions in the region’s natural setting. People travel from all over to see these and experience them. A trip to Blowing Rock is not complete without visiting the town’s namesake, The Blowing Rock.

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About The Blowing Rock

The Blowing Rock, North Carolina’s oldest travel attraction, is a rock formation in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The formation has existed for millions of years, but The Blowing Rock’s most famous rock is officially designated as “The Blowing Rock Gneiss” by the Geological Survey of The United States.

The Blowing Rock is located in Blowing Rock, at the edge of town, at the end of Johns Gorge. The gorge runs so deep that the rock stands at more than 4,000 feet.

The Blowing Rock gets its name from a phenomenon that occurs causing the wind to move upward through the gorge. This is also used to explain why the winds from The Blowing Rock cause snow to fall upside down.

Legend of The Blowing Rock

When you visit The Blowing Rock, learn more about the legend surrounding the rock. The story goes that a Cherokee brave attempted to jump from the rock, but the wind blew him back on to the rock and into the arms of a Chickasaw maiden.

Visiting The Blowing Rock

Visit the observation deck at The Blowing Rock for scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and verdant landscape. The Blowing Rock’s observation deck is also a great place to take in the changing fall scenery.

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The Blowing Rock is also the site of two local music festivals: Blowing Rock Music Festival in September and Shagging at The Blowing Rock in June.

The entire trail from the parking lot and main entrance to The Blowing Rock’s observation deck is about 1,200-feet long and takes 15–25 minutes. The path is handicap accessible and pets are welcome.

The Blowing Rock Hours

The Blowing Rock has varied seasonal hours and days of operation.

January through March: Monday and Thursday–Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

April through October: daily, 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m.

November and December: daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Admission to The Blowing Rock

The Blowing Rock is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (age 60+), $6 for military, $2 for children (ages 4–11) and free for children under 3.

More Information about The Blowing Rock

The Blowing Rock is located at 432 The Rock Road, Blowing Rock.

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