The Blowing Rock
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- BridgetApr. 5, 2021Amazing views and delicious Ice Cream
Very Dog friendly, the views are breath taking. Nice Cafe and exceptionally kept Restrooms.
- JodyMar. 15, 2021Beautiful!
- KatieJun. 16, 2020Very Dog Friendly
Beautiful view and nice area to look over the mountains. Leashed dogs are allowed in the gift shop and overlook but not the photo museum. My dog enjoyed climbing on the rocks. There was a cat who lived there but ignored me and my dog. Go on a clear day for best views!
- SamanthaOct. 12, 2019Great views, short hike
The trails and gift shops are leashed dog friendly. Be careful of the cliffs, which are 3 thousand feet above the Johns River Gorge! There are resident cats there so keep an eye out. Adult entry fee is $7. Don’t waste your quarters on the viewing machine- the lens are not that great- bring your own binoculars! The Blowing Rock got its name from the way the wind flumes uphill here, prompting the Ripley’s Believe It or Not folks to say snow falls up here... there is a legend that a Chickasaw chief hid his daughter here to keep a white man from her. While there, a Cherokee man met and fell in love with her. One day, he saw a smoke signal in the sky- it was an urgent message from his tribe. He was torn between this and the pleads of the maiden not to leave her, so he jumped from The Blowing Rock into the gorge below. The grief-stricken maiden wept at the rock and prayed to the Great Spirit. Finally, one day the wind blew hard and her love blew up from the gorge below and into her arms.