Blowing Rock - (Watauga County)

Blowing Rock - (Watauga County)

If you return to Blowing Rock and find most of the town the way it was, that is no accident; folks here know when it's best to leave things as they are.


Blowing Rock is a place where people still smile and say hello to each other on the street. The town is a place where you can sit on a bench in Memorial Park and watch the world go by or spend all afternoon window shopping along Main Street. The Fourth of July Parade is still important, and you will find both patriotism and civic pride without apology.

Blowing Rock - (Watauga County)Memorial Park is the center of the community. Families can come by anytime to use the playground equipment (mom and dad can even try out the swings if they want to). Come on some Sunday evenings and you'll hear a live concert in the park's gazebo.

Off Main Street are two other parks, both worthy of a visit. If you are headed south on Main Street, turn right on Laurel Lane and follow the signs; it is a divided and tree-lined lane. The Broyhill and Cannon parks offer a quiet place to rest and reflect. The two are a study in contrasts: Cannon Park is sort of rustic and still-wild, while the park around Broyhill Lake is elegant, a throw-back to the peaceful days of the late 19th century.

Blowing Rock offers a variety of unique shopping experiences. Main Street has antiques, art, crafts, imported coffees, rugs, fashions, flowers, mementos and more. The variety is amazing, the quality high and the fun unlimited (except by your imagination). Shoppes on the Parkway, a major outlet mall, is just north of town on 321. Here you'll find clothing, crockery, jewelry, and more.

Blowing Rock - (Watauga County)There's a reason Blowing Rock offers so much to the tourist: the town has been welcoming visitors for over a century. Spectacularly situated on the very edge of the Blue Ridge, the town began to attract summer residents in the 1880s. At the turn of the century, most visitors spent the summer. Some built beautiful Victorian summer homes, many of which stand today. Hotels and motels followed, and the tradition of hospitality has only ripened and improved over the years.

One final hint: Take a ride down 321 south of town. You'll catch an incredible view of the John's River gorge as well as a spectacular vista looking south to Hickory. Whether you have a day, week, or lifetime to spend, you'll find a lot to enjoy in Blowing Rock.

For more info contact:

Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce
7738 Valley Boulevard
P.O. Box 2445, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Toll Free: 877-750-INFO
Phone: 828-295-4636

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