BLOWING ROCK ART AND HISTORY MUSEUM
The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM), located in downtown Blowing Rock on the corner of Chestnut and Main streets, features rotating exhibits, programs and classes that fulfill its mission to promote the visual arts, history and heritage of the region. The facility includes six galleries; Education Center; large multi-purpose room for lectures; meetings and other events; and free parking in the adjacent two-level parking structure.
BLOWING ROCK ATTRACTION
North Carolina's oldest travel attraction since 1933. Short scenic walk includes views of Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock, and Hawksbill. Also enjoy a small garden waterfall, observation tower and unique gift shops. Open daily April-December. January, February and March open weekends only, weather permitting. Located on Highway 321 South across from Green Park Inn. Handicap accessible.
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.
APPALACHIAN SKI MOUNTAIN
The NC High Country's 1st Ski Area. Skiing since 1962. 2 Quad Chairlifts, 1 Double Chairlift, 1 Conveyor Lift, 1 Handle Pull Lift. 10 slopes including 2 Terrain Parks. Season: Friday before Thanksgiving through late March. Open 7 days a week. Night skiing beginning first Friday in December. Refrigerated Outdoor Ice Arena w/ 3 sessions daily @ Noon, 2:30 & 7pm. 2200 Sets of Ski Equipment rentals, 450 Snowboard rentals, clothing rentals, & helmet rentals. Home of the French Swiss Ski College, the Southeast's largest independent Ski School, offering daily group and private lessons & the SKIwee Childrens Program. Facilities include: 46,000 sq ft Bavarian-style base lodge is smoke-free w/ wireless internet, Restaurant, Ski Shop, Gift Shop, Nursery for Ages 1 to 4, Lockers, Video Game Room, Meeting Rooms, & 200 foot observation deck. Off season wedding receptions. Slopeside lodging and ski-and-stay packages available. Special rates for groups. Early and late season rates.
Located off I-81, exit 17 between Bristol and Wytheville. Barter Theatre, The State Theatre of Virginia, is located in the historic and charming town of Abingdon. Barter Theatre offers dramas, comedies, musicals, and more all year round! The theatre's alumni included Hume Cronyn, Patricia Neal, Fritz Weaver, Ernest Borgnine, Gregory Peck, and Ned Beatty. While visiting Barter, be sure to stop in The Cafe' at Barter Stage II for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
DOC'S ROCKS GEM MINE
Doc's Rocks Gem Mine was recently recognized by the North Carolina Board of Education as the ONLY education based commercial gem mine in North Carolina and was classified as a special class of Geological Interpreters practicing Interpretive Methods to relay college level geology to all age groups young and old.
Be inspired by the views from the highest point in the Blue Ridge and escape to a nature sanctuary of global importance. Cross the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge, photograph native wildlife in natural habitats and hike some of the South's finest alpine trails. US 221 two miles north of Linville and one mile south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 305, 15 miles south of Blowing Rock. Open all year, weather permitting in winter.
HORN IN THE WEST
Open late June to mid-August. Shows nightly except Monday at 8pm. Exciting family entertainment of the history of the area. The adjacent Hickory Ridge Living History Museum is open before the show. Donations are encouraged. All seats reserved, walk-ups welcome.
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.
Guided tours through a natural limestone cavern featuring stalactite and stalagmite formations, underground stream and blind trout. North Carolina's only show caverns. Open year round (weekends only December, January, February). Hwy 221 North, Marion, NC
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.
MAST GENERAL STORE
Nestled in a secluded mountain valley, you'll discover a place Charles Kuralt calls"...a destination." Mast General Store in Valle Crucis. Outfitting the Appalachian since 1883 with traditional mercantile goods, comfortable clothing, rugged footwear and quality outdoor gear for all mountain seasons. Warm up by our potbellied stove, mail a letter at our antique post office, and discover why some times are just too good to leave behind. Original Store/Mast Store Annex, Hwy 194, Valle Crucis. Also, King Street, Boone.
It's a fascinating exploration of science, optical illusion and natural phenomena. Tour includes the Mystery House where visitors stand at a 45 degree angle, the Hall of Mystery, the Puzzle Room, and Bubble-Rama. Also features Appalachian Heritage Museum and the Native American Artifacts Museum with 50,000 relics. Open 7 days a week, year-round, rain or shine. Four miles from Blowing Rock.
ORCHARD AT ALTAPASS
The Orchard at Altapass is a hundred year old historic apple orchard directly on The Blue Ridge Parkway at Mile Marker 328.3 near Spruce Pine, NC. A preservation project, it specializes in family entertainment and activities, featuring old time mountain apples, storytelling, hayrides, live local music on weekends, and demonstrations by local artists. Orchard made fudge, books, and naturalists activities. It hosts groups of all kinds. Open late May-October, 7 days a week.
PARKWAY CRAFT CENTER
Milepost 294 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Moses Cone Manor just off 221. Finest quality Appalachian Mountain hand-made crafts by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Craft demonstrations on the porch. March 15-November 30.
PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST
The 192,000-acre Grandfather District of Pisgah National Forest stretches from near Black Mountain, along the east side of the Blue Ridge Parkway, to just south of Blowing Rock. The forest provides outstanding recreation, spectacular scenery, a vast array of wildlife habitat, and sustainable timber.
Wild West family theme park featuring a three-mile, steam-powered train ride through the North Carolina mountains. Shopping, live entertainment, amusement rides and a petting zoo. Open on weekends in May (Fri.-Sun.). Open 7 days a week after Memorial Day weekend through mid-August. Mid-August through October, open weekends (Fri.-Sun.). Operating hours are 9AM to 6PM. Ghost Train Halloween Festival runs weekend evenings in October. Please call ahead to verify operating hours and rates, or visit our website for more information.