Voted the ‘Prettiest Small Town in North Carolina’, and a ‘Favorite Southern Destination’, Blowing Rock North Carolina is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a just few miles south of Boone NC off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 292.
Welcome to Blowing Rock North Carolina
Downtown Blowing Rock NC, has two stop lights, a post office, two banks, three small downtown churches, a gas station and wine market, community library, city hall, police and fire station, about two dozen inns, gift shops and unique restaurants, ranging from coffee shops to fine dining restaurants. The Memorial Park is at the center of town. The 97 acre historic Chetola Resort borders the Blowing Rock’s north side at the headwaters of The New River, one of the few rivers in the world that flows north.
Blowing Rock’s main summer industry is tourism, making Blowing Rock, North Carolina one of the ‘Best Places for North Carolina Vacations’. Blowing Rock’s summer population soars from about 1,400 in the winter, to over 9,000 from May through October. The last two weeks of October are the businest tourist season with all of the Fall Leaf Lookers.
Mayview Manor Blowing Rock
Fun Facts About Blowing Rock North Carolina
• The Blowing Rock is North Carolina’s oldest travel atrraction since the 1800’s. It’s the only place in the world where snow falls upside down – Ripley’s-Believe-It-Or-Not.
• In 1924, The Mayview Manor (Photo: Right) started a gun club directed by sharp shooting legend Annie Oakley, who was 63 years old at the time.
Author and former Blowing Rock NC resident, Jan Karon based her Mitford Book Series on the Village of Blowing Rock NC with some of the local characters and landmarks, including local churches and restaurants. Blowing Rock NC hosted “Mitford Days” and was joined by Author Jan Karon for a fun filled week long celebration including a town parade. Memorial Park was transformed into a small town fairgrounds.
Blowing Rock NC offers many unique Places To Stay In Blowing Rock, including a wide variety of Blowing Rock Lodging and Accommodations, such as vacation rentals, resorts and condo rentals, hotels, hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, country inns, cottage rentals, log cabin rentals and cabin rentals.
Don’t pass The Tweetsie Railroad Theme Park, located on U.S. Highway 321 between Blowing Rock and Boone NC, is one of the area’s most popular summer vacation attractions, featuring a 3 mile loop narrow gauge steam engine and amusement park.
The Blowing Rock Memorial Park downtown at the corner of Main Street and Sunset is a great place to sit and enjoy an ice cream cone from Kilwins or let the children play, on a warm summer’s afternoon. The Sunday Concerts in Blowing Rock in the Park are a big summer attraction.