Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Blowing Rock, NC

Over the 4th of July we spent some time in Blowing Rock, NC. Blowing Rock is a quaint town with lots to do and see. There really is something to do there for everyone. There is golfing, fishing, hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and so much more. There are great places to eat and shop and Blowing Rock is located close to several other great places to visit like Boone, Banner Elk, Valle Crucis, etc. 

We stopped for a visit at The Blowing Rock, North Carolina's oldest travel attraction. Admission is minimal and it is a short walk with beautiful views of Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock, and Hawksbill. The cliff is located 4,000 feet above sea level, overhanging Johns River Gorge. 

Legend has it that two star-crossed lovers, a maiden from the Chickasaw tribe and a brave from the Cherokee tribe, were walking near The Rock when the reddening of the sky signaled to the brave trouble commanding that he must return to his tribal duty. The maiden urged him to stay with her. His desperation in choosing between duty and love caused him to leap from the edge of The Rock toward the wilderness below. The grief-stricken maiden prayed daily to the Great Spirit until one evening with a returned reddening of the sky, a gust of wind blew her lover back onto The Rock and into her arms. From that day a perpetual wind has blown up onto The Rock from the valley below. Reports are still made of The Blowing Rock’s mysterious winds causing even the snow to fall upside down.

Blowing Rock is located close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and there are numerous trails, wonderful sightseeing and camping nearby. We were there on a dreary day, in better conditions these views would have been even more spectacular. We highly recommend a weekend getaway to Blowing Rock!

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