North Carolina's largest private collection of gemstone, minerals and fossils. Take a guided tour through the museum and see real and replica fossils, Paleo Art from Master Paleontologist Jerry Jecene, rare and unique dinosaurs and fossils. Take your picture with a Dromaeosaurus or Smilodon, look at the real fossils of a Triceratops from Montana and see what could take down a T-Rex.
APPALACHIAN SKI MOUNTAIN
The NC High Country's 1st Ski Area - since 1962. Day & night skiing/snowboarding, lessons, outdoor ice skating. Open daily Fri. before Thanksgiving thru late Mar. Apparel, equipment & helmet rentals available. Slopeside lodging & ski-&-stay packages. Special rates for groups & early/late season.
North Carolina's oldest travel attraction. Short scenic walk includes views of Grandfather Mtn, Table Rock & Hawksbill. Garden waterfall, observation tower & unique gift shops. Open daily Apr-Dec & Thurs-Mon in Jan-Mar, weather permitting. On Highway 321 South across from Green Park Inn. Handicap accessible.
Experience the visual arts and our rich mountain heritage through enlightening exhibits, family-friendly cultural events, art workshops, and engaging lectures. Open year-round Tues - Sat, 10am - 5pm. Open Sundays, 12-4p, May-Oct. Free Admission.
North Carolina Gemstone Mining Specialists focusing on the Appalachian Mountain range. We offer rockhound tours during the summer, indoor mining, birthday party room, school group rates and scout merit badge classes.
Be inspired by the views from the highest point in the Blue Ridge & escape to a nature sanctuary of global importance. Mile High Swinging Bridge, native wildlife in natural habitats & alpine trails. 15 miles south of Blowing Rock. Open all year, weather permitting in winter.
Pick your challenge at the High Country's only aerial adventure park with 3 high & low climbing courses for all ages & abilities. End with a thrilling ride on the Giant Swing or our High Altitude Zip Tour. Birthday party packages, specials & Tweetsie Railroad ticket & passholder discounts available.
Open late June to mid-August. Shows nightly except Monday at 8pm. Exciting family entertainment of the history of the area. The adjacent Hickory Ridge Living History Museum is open before the show. Donations are encouraged. All seats reserved, walk-ups welcome.
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.
Guided tours through a natural limestone cavern featuring stalactite and stalagmite formations, underground stream and blind trout. North Carolina's only show caverns. Open year round (weekends only December, January, February). Hwy 221 North, Marion, NC
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.
Nestled in a secluded mountain valley & outfitting the Appalachian since 1883 with traditional mercantile goods, comfortable clothing, rugged footwear & quality outdoor gear for all mountain seasons. Original Store & Annex, Hwy 194, Valle Crucis. Also King St, Boone.
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.
NCâ€™s most unique attraction - Natural Gravitational Anomaly. Hands-On Science, Giant Bubbles, Tomahawk Throwing & Archery, over 250,000 Native American artifacts, Historic Home of App State founders, Front Porch Eats, Shopping & MORE. Open year-round.
The 192,000-acre Grandfather District of Pisgah National Forest stretches from near Black Mountain, along the east side of the Blue Ridge Parkway, to just south of Blowing Rock. The forest provides outstanding recreation, spectacular scenery, a vast array of wildlife habitat, and sustainable timber.
SKY VALLEY ZIP TOURS
The #1 rated outdoor activity in Blowing Rock on TripAdvisor. Choose our Canopy Tour, Night Flight or Whistle Pig Kid Zip for ages 4+! All tours include an ATV ride. Find us in the woods, down a gravel road just 5 miles from Boone or Blowing Rock.
Milepost 294 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Moses Cone Manor just off 221. Finest quality Appalachian Mountain hand-made crafts by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Craft demonstrations on the porch May-October.
Come discover our positive altitude! Play tennis, hike, shop, tube, zipline or relax while enjoying some of the best views around. You will find an array of residential choices... whether you stay for a weekend, a season, or a lifetime!
Wild West family theme park featuring a 3-mile train adventure behind a historic steam locomotive, live entertainment, amusement rides & Deer Park Zoo. Hours and days vary. Special events: Day Out With Thomas, Ghost Train & Tweetsie Christmas.