The Blowing Rock is one of North Carolina’s oldest travel attraction, since 1933. It is an immense cliff 4,000 feet above sea level overhanging Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below. The Cliff gets its name “Blowing Rock” 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 void. It is situated near Blue Ridge Parkway of North Carolina.
Visible from “The Blowing Rock” down the gorge to the southwest are Hawksbill Mountain and Table Rock. To the west are Grandfather Mountain (the highest peak in the Blue Ridge chain) and Mount Mitchell (the highest peak east of the Mississippi).
There is an entrance fee for viewing the attraction. Please visit http://www.theblowingrock.com/name.html, to know more about visiting Blowing Rock and planning your trip.
Our Trip to Blowing Rock started around 8:00 am on Nov 8th, 2008. It was the first place we had planned to cover that day. The View from Blowing Rock was spectacular and most of the trees had colors at the lower elevations. If you are planning to visit Blue Ridge Parkway, you can easily cover Blowing Rock as well. Blowing Rock is about 2 hours drive from Charlotte.
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You can easily go for a One Day Trip to Blowing Rock, if you are staying in Charlotte or Asheville Area. Pack a picnic lunch and drive to this beautiful mountain get away. Be sure to cover other interesting places on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Fall is the best time to visit these places in North Carolina.