Blowing Rock 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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