Getting 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 right in town- just take the Glen Burney Trail. This shady hike follows the New Year Creek, offering views of the Glen Burney and Glen Marie Falls. When enjoying waterfalls, be sure to note posted signage on all local trails, and take care around steep spots. If you are curious to know more about local waterfalls, click here to see which ones spark your interest.
2. White water rafting or Tubing
In Blowing Rock and our surrounding area, we have a collection of rafting companies that are great for groups of all sizes and ages. Make a reservation for an excursion that will take your group to the region’s best white water! Many of the rafting companies also provide a river tubing guide service on calmer waters. Some companies even offer cooler floats so you can stay hydrated while you’re out there on the water. Be sure to pack the sunscreen, because these trips can take a few hours! The New River is the most popular river to float down because it has a steady and calm current, and the depth ranges from 2-8 feet deep. Our rivers stay a very cool temperature year round, and you will be able to witness the natural beauty of the High Country while having fun with friends and family.
To view white water and adventure companies, click here and choose the one that fits your needs.
3. Kayaking at Price Lake
If you prefer a self-guided way to cool down this summer, then stop by Price Lake. Price Lake is a 47 acre lake with calm water, perfect for canoeing and kayaking. You can rent watercraft if you don’t have your own, including canoes, single and double kayaks, and stand up paddle boards. Prices include the life jacket, paddles, and taxes. You are not allowed to swim in Price Lake, but it is very enjoyable to get out on the water and see the wonderful views.
For more pricing information regarding Price Lake rentals and hours, click here
4. Picnic in the Shade
Julian Price Memorial Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 297) has an expansive Picnic Area with grills and tables provided. There are plenty of shady spots beside the waters of the Boone Fork River. This is always fun with kids who love to skip rocks and splash in the water!
5. Robbin’s Pool
Our local community pool is just a short walk from our downtown area. The Robbin’s Pool at Broyhill Park is the only outdoor public-use swimming pool in Watauga County. The facility features a zero-entry pool and a water slide. You’ll also find updated shower and dressing facilities, restrooms, and a concession area with snack and drink machines. The public use hours are Monday through Friday 11am-5pm and 6pm-8:30, Saturday 11am-8:30pm, Sunday 12pm-8:30pm. Visitors are welcome, and the fee to enter is just $5-$7 for the entire day. This a great place to bring the family and enjoy a beautiful day in the High Country!
To learn more about our community pool, click here
6. Enjoy a refreshing, sweet treat!
If you are walking around Main Street and in need of a chilly treat, pop into one of two ice cream shops. It’s practically a tradition to grab a cup or cone and take a seat on a park bench to people-watch. Kilwins is well-known, with freshly handmade chocolates and fudge, as well as gourmet ice cream and waffle cones. Sunset Tee’s and Hattery has an ice cream parlor, too. They have an assortment of flavors and you can eat while you shop.
Click here if you want to get information on Sunset Tees and Hattery and Kilwins Ice cream options. See our Coffee & Sweets page for more options like fresh iced herbal teas and cold brew coffees!
Plus, Enjoy the Cool Mountain Air!
One of the best ways to cool off, is just to simply come and visit Blowing Rock, NC. On average, Blowing Rock is approximately 10 degrees cooler than the Piedmont regions in our state and especially cooler than areas farther south. There is always a constant breeze up here on the mountain top! After all, it is what we are named after. If you are sitting at home and thinking about how unbearably hot it is outside, then maybe you need to plan a getaway to Blowing Rock!
There are more ways to cool off in the area, like zooming through the air on a zip line, or wading in the water on a fly-fishing trip! See more things to do on our Recreation Pages!