Experience the Blowing Rock, NC Lifestyle
Scroll to hiking trails, area attractions, shopping and food in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.
Trails and Mountain Views
Glen Burney Trail: Just steps from downtown Blowing Rock is an 800 foot decent into the John’s River Gorge. The 1.6 mile trail follows New Year’s Creek with views of three waterfalls. This is a rugged trail experience taking roughly 2-hours round trip.
The Blowing Rock: For those unable to view the distant mountains from an area hike, the Blowing Rock geological formation is a low key opportunity to whiteness the area’s beauty. The Indian legend of the Blowing Rock is available along with a quaint gift shop.
Grandfather Mountain NC: The view from the top of the Blue Ridge, Grandfather Mountain is the tallest peak on the eastern escarpment Blue Ridge Mountain chain. This is the location for the famous mile high swinging bridge. Visitors can also visit the nature museum and fudge shop located below the peak. Grandfather Mountain experiences record winds during the winter, December 2012 recorded gusts reaching 120.7 mph.
Linville Caverns and Falls: Explore a natural limestone cavern featuring stalactite and stalagmite formations, underground stream and discover why the trout here are blind. Visitors can join a guided tour of the cavern to hear the caverns history. Linville Gorge Wilderness Area protects trails and some of the region’s largest falls.
Julian Price Park: The 4,200 Acre Park has seven trails varying in length and difficulty. Both Moses H. Cone memorial park and Julian Price Park are adjacent to each other and comprise the largest developed area set aside for public recreation on the parkway. The park provides over 100 picnic sites, various campgrounds, nature walks, hiking trails and a 300-seat amphitheater. Price Lake is a 47-acre man-made lake where visitors can fish, rent canoes and boats for use.
Appalachian Ski Mountain: Ski and snowboard area consisting of 11 trails. The longest trail is the Orchard Run at 0.5 mile, a vertical drop of 365 feet. Appalachian Ski Mountain is one of the only available night Ski Mountains in the area. Appalachian is great for beginners because of their notable ski and snowboarding instructors and advanced riders enjoy the top-rated terrain parks. Available also is an ice skating rank at the base of the mountain.
Tanger Outlet Mall: Enjoy fashionable savings directly off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are over 25 name brand designer outlets and stores at the Shops on the Parkway. Coupon books are available at the Shopper Services or join TangerClub for additional savings. This is one of the smaller Tanger Outlet malls with many shops, great deals and friendly staff.
Mast General Store: Visit the one of the original Mast General Stores in Valle Crucis. The store has been providing locals and visitors with daily conveniences, merchandise and quality outdoor gear since 1883. The Mast Family slogan is “If you can’t buy it here, you don’t need it.”
Downtown Blowing Rock: The small mountain village of Blowing Rock provides visitors with upscale boutiques, antique shops, and galleries. Some of the best shopping in the area can be found in downtown Blowing Rock. Visitors can also enjoy Memorial park, Broyhill park, Cannon Garden, and Robbin’s pool which are all walking distance from downtown.
Blowing Rock Brewing Co. High Country Ale, artisanal craft beers are brewed on site. The brewery offers regular as well as high gravity ales and lager. The Ale house and restaurant is open daily, except for Wednesdays, to enjoy food and brew on their seasonal outdoor patio.
Bistro Roca and Antlers Bar: Located off of the beaten path from downtown Blowing Rock is a casual fine dining restaurants and bar experience. Bistro Roca renovated the original Antlers Bar which was built in 1932 and is the oldest continuously serving bar in North Carolina. Bistro Roca Antlers Bar now features a variety of satisfying foods which change with the season.
The Best Cellar: Originally selling soups, sandwiches and new and used books in a basement on Main Street, the Best Cellar is now serving up the freshest meats and seafood. Many of the dishes on the menu have been favorites for 30 years, while also offering daily specials.
Village Cafe: Nestled among the shops of Main Street, The Village Cafe boasts a beautiful view from the back patio and a creative menu. Built in 1907, the building has served many purposes, including craft co-op, library, community club, and a summer home. The quaint atmosphere makes dinners feel at home while enjoying fresh brunch and dinner options.
Foggy Rock Eatery and Pub: Casual dining can be found at Foggy Rock Eatery and pub. This is the next original restaurant in the High Country by chef Burt Myers. Serving up both lunch, dinner and daily specials, Foggy Rock is the place to go for great food at a low price. Be satisfied in knowing you are in the presence of the most TV’s in town, with NFL Sunday Tickets, ESPN Gameplan and more, you will find what you are looking for in sports entertainment. Foggy Rock caters to a family experience or a place to simply relax for a few hours, this is the perfect place for everyone.
The Restaurant at Gideon Ridge: Enjoy on of Blowing Rocks most relaxed and elegant dining experiences at Gideon Ridge Inn. Known simply as Restaurant G to locals, there are serving an eclectic blend of fresh mountain ingredients prepared in the classical culinary style by Chef Michael Forman. Restaurant G provides two dinning option, either enjoy your meal alfresco or in their European style dining-room. They also encourage enjoying cocktails on their terrace with friends for the full Gideon Ridge dining experience.
Knights on Main: Located at the North end of Main Street, Knights on Main acts as a book end to the many shopping and dining options available in downtown Blowing Rock. Knights on Main is a local favorite that serves a hearty helping of comfort food with a strong dash of Southern hospitality. Notable on the menu is the Livermush and fried oyster Fridays. The friendly staff members have shirts that say, “Peace, love and livermush.” Family and friends gather at this location to meet and eat daily, expect a crowd.
Six Pence Pub: This mountain pub does it like nobody else does, making British expatriates and locals feel right at home. The menu features traditional English and American comfort foods like their tasty Fish and Chips or hearty Shepherd’s Pie. The original Six Pence Pub resides in Savannah Georgia, while expansion into the Carolinas offers great food and hospitality. Many visitors find themselves in Six Pence for the good atmosphere and beer.