Blowing Rock is a small town, located deep within the Blue Ridge Mountain Range in North Carolina, USA. The town draws a number of local and inter-state visitors every year, attracted by its scenic, unspoilt location on the foothills of the mighty Appalachian mountain range. There is a great choice of self catering holiday rental accommodation available to visitors looking to spend their holidays in Blowing Rock, mainly in the form of apartments, log cabins and rustic ranch-houses.
The majority of visitors spending their holidays in Blowing Rock will be using the town as a base for pursuing the outdoor activities which the surrounding landscape offers. In the summer months, the lengthy trails of the nearby Moses Cone Memorial Park is popular amongst walkers, hikers and cyclists; as well as attracting water sports enthusiasts looking to enjoy a spot of sailing or kayaking in its lakes. Close by, the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve is ideal for those visitors looking to explore the region on horseback. The ski resorts of the higher elevations of the Appalachians attract winter sports enthusiasts to Blowing Rock during the winter months.
The Rock formations from where the town gets its name will attract geologists to spending their holidays in Blowing Rock. Jutting over 1500 feet over the Johns River Gorge, the imposing rocks cause light objects to float vertically into the air from the ground below. The Tweetsie Railroad theme park is another popular draw for visitors to the area, with the state’s only remaining fully functional steam engine train. More historical attractions to be found in the Blowing Rock area include the elegant architecture of Green Park Inn, Mystery Hill and the annual Art in the Park festival.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Blowing Rock will find that the town’s elevation gives it mild summer temperatures and cold winters. The average temperatures in summer will rarely rise above 27 degrees Celsius, whilst in winter they can often drop below 10 degrees Celsius. The town receives an average annual rainfall of around 32 inches, much of which will fall as snow in the winter months.
Travellers looking to spend their holidays in Blowing Rock will first fly with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow (LHR) to either Washington Dulles (IAD) or New York (JFK) international airports. They will then take a connecting flight with either Delta or US Airways to Charlotte–Douglas International Airport (CLT), which is approximately two hour’s drive away.