"It Rains on Me"

Blowing Rock Travel Blog

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Blowing Rock is just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a magnet for bikers.

Pressing on from Wilkesboro, I soon arrived at Blowing Rock.  Alas, my first impression was the entire town was under construction and a more appropriate name would be “orange-cone-ville.”  Traffic was a slog with many lane closures and virtually every sidewalk dug up.  I was grateful to arrive at my hotel and just get off the slow, muddy roadways in town.

After stowing gear I returned to the front desk and asked about walking to Blowing Rock, the town’s namesake attraction (appeared to be 1.5 miles away).  I was unsurprisingly dissuaded because of sidewalk concerns.  Walking anywhere was a potential mud-fest, subject to being dead-ended with forced retreat.

Annie Cannon Garden makes for a lovely trail head to Glen Burney Trail.
  Redirecting the inquiry to quick hikes, the desk clerk passed out a pamphlet detailing nearby waterfalls.  Have I ever mentioned how much I adore the western end of my state for its charming bounty of liquid tumblers???

Scanning possibilities, I struck out for a potential triple play of waterfalls along the Glen Burney Trail.  Beyond hopes of witnessing some natural beauty, further motivation was due to the trailhead being nearby.  Rain clouds were massing and it was late in the day (almost 4PM).  Beyond yielding a pleasant hike, reviewed below, the foray extended a solid introduction to getting around town.  Routes 221 and 321 (the latter aka Main Street and Valley Boulevard) pretty much form a huge circle, roughly two miles circumference, which constitute the main drags of the town of Blowing Rock.  It is a small town, but charming.

Returning after the hike I walked to another BBQ joint next door, and this time actually ordered barbeque (see previous entry for this day)!  The day’s sad conclusion would be sprinting home in a deluge as the rain really let loose after dinner.  This was forecasted, so my fault for tarrying over a leisurely meal.  Seems everywhere I go, it rains on me…

vances says:
Patience, Brian. You don't think I'd travel this far and blow it, do you???

Posted on: Jul 26, 2016
spocklogic says:
So, you visited Blowing Rock, but didn't actually see the 'Blowing Rock' attraction (town's namesake)?
Posted on: Jul 26, 2016
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Blowing Rock Hotels & Accommodations review
They didn’t blow it
A fairly standard Holiday Inn Express, which is a plus. I have to remark that consistency is big draw for this chain and I have come to rely upon it.… read entire review
Blowing Rock Sights & Attractions review
Water, water everywhere
While I did not make all three waterfalls offered along this trail, I can certainly recommend the jaunt. As long as you packed hiking boots, anyway. … read entire review
Blowing Rock Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Lumbering off to dinner
Nothing fancy here, just a cozy, family restaurant serving the village of Blowing Rock. The joint looks pretty tiny from the outside, but is a two sto… read entire review
Blowing Rock
photo by: vances