Hiking & Biking

Inside the Village of Blowing Rock


From the Appalachian Trail to the Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking trails abound in the Blowing Rock area. There is even a waterfall trail adjacent to downtown. Click the link for details, trail maps, and great links to official sites for trail networks.
Telephone: 828-295-4636


The Blue Ridge Parkway meanders for 469 miles through North Carolina and Virginia, offering incredible views, a variety of hiking trails, and many historical and cultural sites. Blowing Rock is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, nearly at the midpoint. The Parkway is open year-round, weather permitting in winter, and there is no admission cost. The local Parkway visitor center information desk and America's National Parks bookstore are located inside the Moses Cone Estate house with a craft shop operated by the Southern Highland Craft Guild. The visitor information desk and bookstore are open from May through October, while the craft shop is open from early April through November.
Milepost 294 Blue Ridge Parkway
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Telephone: 828-295-3782


Established 1971. Open year-round. Full line of hiking boots; newly expanded selection of women's footwear; camping gear and accessories; dog accessories; sunglasses; clothing for outdoor activities and travel.
921 Main Street
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Telephone: 828-295-4453


Trailhead located inside Annie Cannon Memorial Gardens. The 1.6 mile out-and-back trail features a series of waterfalls: Cascades, Glen Burney and Glen Marie (sometimes called Glen Mary). The route descends several hundred feet into John's River Gorge. It is suspected that the trail dates back to at least the late 1800s, and may have been used earlier by Native American hunters. ***Please note that the trail is adjacent to private property, and show courtesy concerning signage and property notifications.***
229 Laurel Lane
Blowing Rock, NC
Telephone: 828-295-5222


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.
Milepost 296 Blue Ridge Parkway
Blowing Rock, NC


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.
Milepost 294, Blue Ridge Parkway
Blowing Rock, NC


Rhoddie Bicycle Outfitters is a full service bicycle shop. We offer sales, rentals, group rides, repairs, and fitting services. We provide all the gear necessary to fully enjoy the cycling opportunities this region has to offer. We have bikes and gear for road, mountain, gravel, pathway, and kids bicycling. Rhoddie also offers complimentary ride maps and will help with your route planning at our map kiosk, located in the shop. Blowing Rock is the perfect hub for a Blue Ridge cycling adventure and we are here to provide everything needed to fully enjoy the ride.
257 Sunset Drive
Blowingrock, NC 28605
Telephone: 828-414-9800
In the Area


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.
Milepost 316.5 Blue Ridge Parkway
Linville Falls, NC
Telephone: 828-271-4779


Whitewater rafting, caving, hiking, canoeing, rentals, kayaking, guided day trips, and paddling school with ACA certified instructors. We offer all adventures with the option of an eco-ed twist! Guides are trained by the state of NC as environmental educators. This is an owner-operated business dedicated to providing quality recreational activities including top-of-the-line equipment, organic lunches and free photos.
1655 Highway 105 South
Boone, NC 28607
Toll-Free: 866-411-RAFT
Telephone: 828-355-9797