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Blue Ridge Parkway

Welcome to Blowing Rock’s section of the Blue Ridge Parkway! Our two most well-known Parkway areas are the Moses Cone Memorial Park, including Flat Top Manor, the Carriage Trails and Southern Highlands Craft Guild, and Julian Price Park, including the lake with canoe rentals, campground, picnic areas and trails. In addition, the Blowing Rock area features some overlooks with amazing views, hiking trails, and scenic stops. Stay in Blowing Rock and use us as your central hub to explore the Parkway either North or South of our mountain village.
Flat Top Manor - Moses Cone Memorial Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Moses Cone Memorial Park

Milepost 294

Visit the Park to tour the 20 room Colonial Revivalist mansion, hike the many carriage trails, fish for bass and trout in the lakes, and discover art at the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

 

Julian Price Memorial Park

Milepost 297

Enjoy 4,200 acres of rolling mountains with elevations ranging from 3,400 to nearly 4,000 feet, plus a lake, stream, hiking trails, numerous and the largest campground on the Parkway. Visitors enjoy interpretive programs, fishing, canoe and kayak rentals, and an extensive trail system.

teenagers kayaking on price lake

Parkway Activities & Interests

Make it Your Nature: Leave No Trace

Make it Your Nature: Leave No Trace

The Blowing Rock, NC area offers some of the most beautiful, pristine mountains in the state of North Carolina. To preserve this area for generations to come, we must own the impact we have on the environment around us. To this end, Blowing Rock is pleased to partner...

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Moses Cone: The Denim King & His Gilded Age Manor

Moses Cone: The Denim King & His Gilded Age Manor

Born in Jonesborough, Tennessee in 1857, Moses Herman Cone was the eldest of 13 children born to Jewish-German immigrants. He and his brother, Caesar, worked with their father in his dry goods business in Maryland and later moved to Greensboro, NC, and partnered with...

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Rosebay Rhododendron Bloom Update

Rosebay Rhododendron Bloom Update

Lots of people ask about when the rhododendrons bloom, and that depends on species, elevation, and local climate. The Rosebay, also known as the white rhododendron, is a prominent rhododendron along the Blowing Rock areas of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The blooms vary...

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Birding in Blowing Rock

Birding in Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway and bordered by the Pisgah National Forest, providing close proximity and easy access to a multitude of habitats. This area of the Blue Ridge Mountains provides a home for about 160 breeding species of birds, with over...

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5 Sunset Views in Blowing Rock

5 Sunset Views in Blowing Rock

The warm light creates the evening "golden hour" when everything is cast in a glow. Sunset light enhances fall colors, too! Check out these beautiful, no-hike sunset spots for a perfect end to your day whether with your friends, your significant other, or alone with...

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6+ Ways To Cool Off This Summer In Blowing Rock

6+ Ways To Cool Off This Summer In Blowing Rock

1.Waterfall HuntingGetting close to water is a great way to cool off, and few experiences are as exhilarating as getting close to a waterfall. Hikes vary from easy to strenuous, and a handful of area waterfalls even have a swimming hole. Blowing Rock has waterfalls...

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BR Historical Society Helps Cone Restoration

BR Historical Society Helps Cone Restoration

On April 3rd, the Blowing Rock Historical Society (BRHS) presented the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation with a $3500 check for restoration projects at the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.  This donation was from the proceeds of BRHS's 2018 Artists in Residence (AiR) program....

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Sightseeing Points of View

Sightseeing Points of View

The Blue Ridge Parkway is  America's Favorite Drive, but there are lots of ways besides the family car to see the local sights. Try some of these on your next visit!       Horseback Trail Rides Enjoy the trails of Moses Cone Memorial Park from astride a friendly horse...

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Fishing Near Blowing Rock

Fishing Near Blowing Rock

The High Country's beautiful streams, lakes, and rivers provide wildlife sanctuaries and many recreational opportunities- like fishing! The best times of year to fish for trout here in in the High Country are the spring, fall, and winter months, when the water...

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Dog Gone Good Time

Dog Gone Good Time

Instead of leaving your dog behind when you go on vacation, bring your four-legged family member to beautiful Blowing Rock! Below, we’ve outlined a great one night adventure of activities and sights that are perfect for you and your pet. -Start your day off by taking...

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