Hiking, Biking & Climbing
From the Appalachian Trail to the Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking trails abound in the Blowing Rock area. There is even a waterfall trail adjacent to downtown. Click the link for details, trail maps, and great links to official sites for trail networks.
Footsloggers Outdoors Established 1971. Located on Main St. at intersection of Main and HWY 221. Open year-round. Full line of hiking boots; newly expanded selection of women's footwear; camping gear and accessories; dog accessories; sunglasses; clothing for outdoor activities and travel. We will keep you cool during the summer and warm during the winter! Come by to check the weather--we are now Blowing Rock's weather station sponsor for raysweather.com.
GLEN BURNEY TRAIL
Trailhead located inside Annie Cannon Memorial Gardens. The 1.6 mile out-and-back trail features a series of waterfalls: Cascades, Glen Burney and Glen Marie (sometimes called Glen Mary). The route descends several hundred feet into John's River Gorge. It is suspected that the trail dates back to at least the late 1800s, and may have been used earlier by Native American hunters. ***Please note that the trail is adjacent to private property, and show courtesy concerning signage and property notifications.***
MOSES CONE MEMORIAL PARK
25 miles of preserved Carriage Trails wind through the estate that once belonged to "Denim King" Moses Cone and his wife, Bertha. Wander the trails, fish at Bass and Trout Lakes, see the historic mansion, and hike up to the top of Flat Top Mountain to see the Cone family cemetery plots and breathtaking views of the area.
JULIAN PRICE MEMORIAL PARK
Julian Price Memorial Park can be found on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just 5 miles from Blowing Rock. Here, you can camp, hike, canoe, picnic, fish, or simply stand and take in the beauty to be found at Price Lake.
Hiking, campground and picnic area. Trail to overlooks of falls and gorge. Falls are located within the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area and are among largest falls in the region. Climbing in the gorge is prohibited.
RIVER & EARTH ADVENTURES
Whitewater rafting, caving, hiking, canoeing, rentals, kayaking, guided day trips, and paddling school with ACA certified instructors. We offer all adventures with the option of an eco-ed twist! Guides are trained by the state of NC as environmental educators. This is an owner-operated business dedicated to providing quality recreational activities including top-of-the-line equipment, organic lunches and free photos.
Outfitters for guided rock climbing and rappelling instruction in the North Carolina mountains. Caving / Spelunking trips in Virginia and Tennessee. Beginner trips, multi-pitch climbing, scouting programs, individualized instruction, and outdoor climbing tower. Located in Footsloggers Outfitters Store in downtown Boone.
SKI COUNTRY SPORTS
The area's largest winter sports shop, offering the latest in fashion and equipment, with well known brands like Bogner, Spyder, North Face, Burton, K2 and Nordica. Ski Country has over 1000 sets of ski and snowboard rental equipment, offering all shape ski, performance and demo snowboards and skis. For additional information, call or visit our website. Two locations: across from Sugar Mountain in Banner Elk and on Hwy 105 in Boone.