Blowing Rock

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Highway 321 South, Blowing Rock, NC, USA - (828) 925-7111

Blowing Rock Reviews

loripori loripori
272 reviews
Blowing Rock North Carolina Feb 13, 2017

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It was a lovely sunny day, so we decided to take a drive up the Hwy 321 to Blowing Rock, which is about an hour's drive north of Hickory.

The drive up was beautiful especially with the mountains showing off their fall foliage. We got to THE BLOWING ROCK, parked the van and walked to the Visitor Center/Gift shop/ Entrance.

The price of admittance was $5.00 a person. A man stood by the entrance door to collect the entrance fee. Since it was very misty up in the mountains, we decided not to do it. Instead I browsed around the very well stocked (and pricey) gift shop.

A sign outside the Visitor Center reads:

"This 250 million year old cliff formation is North Carolina's oldest travel attraction. Located at 4000 feet above sea level, the Blowing Rock is the town's namesake. The phenomenon is so called because the rocky walls of the gorge form a flume through which the northwest wind sweeps with such force that it returns light objects cast over the chasm."

Address: Highway 321
Blowing Rock Town Hall
Blowing Rock Shop
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vances vances
575 reviews
This blows May 21, 2016
Not a tragedy, but disappointing for the $7 entry fee. Touted as a precipice where dropped items would be returned by the force of wicked updrafts, this was clearly a long time attraction which led to the town’s founding. Unfortunately, I did not find much to hold my attention.

It is a very placid spot and well maintained. Confess chagrin over expressing disappointment because the grounds are lovely, with plenty of spots to absorb sweeping views, numerous small gardens that are excellently landscaped, and a lot of strategically placed benches to kick back and take it all in. After being drenched multiple times during my morning at Grandfather Mountain, the weather should have furthered my admiration: it was sunny and crystal clear during my time at Blowing Rock.

Alas, Blowing Rock simply failed to live up to its billing of mighty updrafts and incredible views. Possibly my timing was off, but it was hardly breezy at all. The lack of refreshing breezes was not a huge disappointment, but the views were. I absolutely cherish stunning vistas and the Blue Ridge Mountains are spectacular, so I was expecting my jaw to drop. Well, it was pretty, but the undulating green sweeps paled in comparison to scenes I had savored at Grandfather Mountain and even just driving along the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway (confess I pulled over several times to contemplate grandeur). Accustomed to paying with sweat for savoring Mother Nature, it was a letdown coughing up bucks for smaller reward.

By no means should my minimal enthusiasm imply Blowing Rock is not worthwhile. You do get nice views and it is a well done facility and grounds. At the end of the day the dilemma is probably that I am a cheap bastard who prefers hiking to take in the sights.
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vances says:
Must be the origin of "blowing your money"...???
Posted on: Aug 18, 2016
Zagnut66 says:
Your seven bucks went blowing in the wind...
Posted on: Aug 18, 2016
vances says:
lol, Sima...guess that's why they call it disposable income!

Posted on: Aug 14, 2016

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