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Blowing Rock North Carolina is a popular tourist attraction and is well-known for its superb views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.
Attractions in the Blowing Rock area include the elegant and historic Green Park Inn, Mystery Hill, Tweetsie Railroad theme park, the Blowing Rock Country Club, and the Mariam & Robert Hayes Performing Arts Center, which presents music, dance, and films as well as being the home to a professional theatre company (Blowing Rock Stage Company). On the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway is Moses Cone Memorial Park, which offers scenic views of the surrounding mountains. The park contains the impressive Moses Cone Manor and Estate, and features two large lakes surrounded by forests and trails. These well-maintained trails wind miles, and were once carriage trails for the Cone family. Adjacent to the park is the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve, where visitors can board their horses convenient to the trails; there are 25 miles (40 km) of riding and carriage trails in the park. Annual festivals and events in Blowing Rock include: the "Art In The Park" festival, a monthly summertime (May-Oct) event in downtown Blowing Rock where artists of all types set up booths to sell their work to tourists; the "Fourth of July" festival and parade; Blowing Rock Winterfest in January; the Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival in April; Christmas in the Park & Lighting of the Town festivities, including a Holiday Parade; the Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort; and the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show which has been a tradition for 84 years. It is the longest continuously-run horse show in the United States. The show features some of the best horse riders in the Eastern United States.
The town of Blowing Rock takes its name from an unusual rock formation which juts over 1,500 feet (460 m) above the Johns River gorge. Due to the rock's shape and size, wind currents from the gorge often blow vertically, causing light objects to float upwards into the sky. The Blowing Rock area was once fought over by the Cherokee and Catawba Native American tribes. According to legend, two lovers - one from each tribe - were walking near the rocks when the man received a notice to report to his village and go into battle. When his lover urged him to stay with her, he became so distraught that he threw himself off the blowing rock into the gorge. The woman prayed to the Great Spirit to return her lover, and the Spirit complied by sending a gust of wind which blew the man back up the cliff and landed him safely on the blowing rock itself. This story of course is fictional but it was used as a draw for the attraction. In the 80's a billboard in Wilkesboro for Blowing Rock showed two Indians holding hands, one standing on the rock and one "floating".
Boone North Carolina is nestled in a breathtaking valley amidst some of the oldest, most scenic mountains in the world, Boone, North Carolina offers scenic country roads, cascading waterfalls, an abundance wildlife and a breathtaking display of forests, floral and geological magnificence.
Boone is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, at the highest elevation of any town its size (over 10,000 population) east of the Mississippi River. It acquired its name from the famous pioneer and explorer Daniel Boone, who on several occasions camped at a site generally agreed to be within the present city limits. Boone was served by the Railroad, nicknamed "Tweetsie", until the flood of 1940
In 2005, Boone was recognized by travel journalists as the ultimate outdoor adventure destination in the Southeast, even in North America
Boone is a town that boasts a special combination of being a university town with all the amenities that also make it a popular tourist destination.
During summer, high temperatures in Boone are typically 78 °F (25 °C) or below, noticeably cooler than the lowland areas to the east and south, and summers are also considerably less humid than in other parts of the Carolinas
"Horn in the West is a dramatization of the life and times of Daniel Boone, the town's namesake, has been performed in an outdoor amphitheatre above the town every summer since 1952.
You’ll find exciting attractions in Boone and all around the High Country. The region includes North Carolina’s original family theme park Tweetsie Railroad, the state's very first golf course, Linville Golf Club, the state’s oldest travel attraction The Blowing Rock, the state’s only public caverns Linville Caverns, the nation's oldest Revolutionary War drama Horn in the West, and the world’s first privately-owned biosphere reserve Grandfather Mountain.
The High Country boasts some of the best in music, dance, theatre and the arts, too. From world-renown guitarist and seven-time Grammy winner, Doc Watson, to the Moscow Festival Ballet to Broadway-quality productions, premier entertainment is always available.
Boone NC and Blowing Rock NC are locate in what is commonly known as the "High Country" through which winds the world renowned Blue Ridge Parkway.
Generally, the Blue Ridge Parkway sections of North Carolina are higher in elevation and more rugged in their beauty. The road itself reaches over 6,000 feet and follows other mountain chains into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The late 19th century Textile entrepreneur Moses H. Cone purchased 3,600 acres of land near Blowing Rock area of the parkway and built one of North Carolina's premier turn-of-the-century country estates. The Moses Cone estate, Flat Top Manor, houses the Parkway's official craft center, along with a book sales area. A family cemetery, carriage and apple barn, and an extensive system of carriage trails offer opportunity for a unique Parkway visit.
Julian Price, an insurance executive, in the late 1930s and early 1940s, bought thousands of acres of land. Today the combined parkland comprises the largest developed area along the Parkway. It offers a wide variety of recreational activities, including miles of hiking and horse trails, boating and fishing, camping and picnic areas, mountain handicraft demonstrations and sales, and daily guided walks and evening campfire programs.
The largest campground on the Parkway is located at Julian Price Memorial Park along with one of the more popular picnic areas. Price Lake features interpretive programs, fishing, boat rentals and an extensive trail system including the Tanawha Trail across the face of Grandfather Mountain for a delightful Parkway experience.
The Linn Cove Viaduct hugs the face of Grandfather Mountain and is recognized internationally as an engineering marvel. This was the last section of the Parkway to be completed and a model of the construction technique highlights a visit to the Linn Cove Visitor Center.
Several motels and bed-and-breakfast inns are located in or near Boone and Blowing Rock, just off of the Parkway.
Grandfather Mountain - Highest peak in the Blue Ridge
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