Local waterfalls are one of the most beautiful ways to cool off here in the high country. We have waterfalls of all types. There are some with a strenuous hike that lead to the waterfall, some with a lighter hike, and even a handful that have a swimming hole at the bottom of the waterfall. If you are curious to know more about local waterfalls, click here to see which ones sparks your interest.
2. White water rafting
In Blowing Rock and our surrounding area, we have a handful of wonderful rafting companies that are great for groups of all sizes and ages. Many of the rafting companies also provide a river tubing service on our calmer rivers. Many of 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 the different white water rafting companies, click here to 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 Julian Price Lake. Price Lake is a 47 acre lake in which visitors are currently able to rent Canoes and Kayaks. Located just past Julian Price Park at Mile Marker 298. You are welcome to have a picnic at the park then go down to the boat rental area for a relaxing boat ride. You can also enjoy a picnic while sitting on the bank and putting your feet in the water at Sterling Creek Park on the completed portion of the Middle Fork Greenway. To rent a canoe at Julian Price, it is $15 for the first hour and then $10 each additional hour. Starting in June, is when you can rent stand up paddle boards (SUPs) for the same prices. Single Kayaks are only $10 per hour and Double Kayaks are $15 first hour, $10 each additional hour. These 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 information regarding Price Lake rentals and hours, click here
4. Robbin’s Pool
Our local community pool is just a short walk from our downtown area. It is the perfect way to cool off and get some sun without driving very far. The Robbin’s Pool at Broyhill Park is the only outdoor public-use swimming pool in Watauga County. The facility includes one large multi-use pool, and a smaller wading pool. The pools are heated. The pool facility also includes 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. As someone visiting from out of town, the fee to enter is $5-$7 for the entire day. This a great place to bring the family and enjoy another beautiful day in the high country.
To learn more about our community pool, click here
5. Enjoy a refreshing, sweet treat!
If you are walking around main street and are needing to cool off a little bit, then feel free to stop into one of our ice cream shops. On a pretty day in Blowing Rock, it is very common to see people walking around with an ice cream cone in their hand. We have two places conveniently located on main street that serve cold treats. The first is Kilwins, which has freshly handmade chocolates and fudge, as well as gourmet ice cream and waffle cones. While you are shopping for gifts to take back home for family and friends at Sunset Tee’s and Hattery, you can grab an ice cream cone from their downstairs area. 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
6. Come to visit!
One of the best ways to cool off, is just to simply come and visit Blowing Rock, NC. Every summer thousands of people make their way up the mountain to get away from the heat. On average, blowing rock is approximately 10 degrees cooler than the piedmont regions on our state and especially cooler than states that are 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!
Visit our website to see what all Blowing Rock has to offer!