The NC High Country's 1st Ski Area- since 1962. 10 slopes including 2 Terrain Parks. 2 Quad Chairlifts, 1 Double Chairlift, 1 Conveyor Lift, 1 Handle Pull Lift. Night skiing, outdoor ice skating. Open Friday before Thanksgiving through late March, 7 days a week. Ski & snowboard equipment, apparel, & helmet rentals available. Home of the French Swiss Ski College, the Southeast's largest independent Ski School. Large Bavarian-style base lodge is smoke-free w/ wireless internet, Restaurant, Ski & Gift Shop, Nursery, Lockers, Video Game Room, Meeting Rooms, & 200 foot observation deck. Off season wedding receptions. Slopeside lodging and ski-and-stay packages available. Special rates for groups and early and late season.
Laugh, scream, gasp and lose yourself in a world of adventure, comedy, romance and suspense. Escape to Barter Theatre and experience world-class entertainment. Let your imagination run wild and discover thrills like you never have before, watching stories unfold at the nation's longest running equity theatre.
Visit us and experience the visual arts and our rich mountain heritage through enlightening exhibits, family-friendly cultural events, art and craft workshops and classes, and engaging lectures. Open year-round: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sundays 12-4 (May-October); Closed Mondays.
North Carolina's oldest travel attraction since 1933. Short scenic walk includes views of Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock, and Hawksbill. Also enjoy a small garden waterfall, observation tower and unique gift shops. Open daily April-December. Open Thursday-Monday during January, February and March. 9am-5pm, weather permitting. Located on Highway 321 South across from Green Park Inn. Handicap accessible.
Doc's Rocks Gem Mine was recently recognized by the North Carolina Board of Education as the ONLY education based commercial gem mine in North Carolina and was classified as a special class of Geological Interpreters practicing Interpretive Methods to relay college level geology to all age groups young and old.
Be inspired by the views from the highest point in the Blue Ridge and escape to a nature sanctuary of global importance. Cross the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge, photograph native wildlife in natural habitats and hike some of the South's finest alpine trails. US 221 two miles north of Linville and one mile south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 305, 15 miles south of Blowing Rock. Open all year, weather permitting in winter.
Welcome to the newest adventure experience in the High Country. Get harnessed up and climb your way through 75 different aerial challenges ranging from 15-50 feet off the ground. Whether you are a seasoned adventurer or in need of an introduction to the vertical world, High Gravity Adventures is where you belong. We offer active outdoor adventure for individuals, couples, families and groups of all kinds. Individual tickets range from $19 to $49 and Season Passes are available for ages 4 and up. High Gravity Adventures is open March through November. See our website for hours and more information on the vertical world!
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, you'll discover a place Charles Kuralt calls"...a destination." Mast General Store in Valle Crucis. Outfitting the Appalachian since 1883 with traditional mercantile goods, comfortable clothing, rugged footwear and quality outdoor gear for all mountain seasons. Warm up by our potbellied stove, mail a letter at our antique post office, and discover why some times are just too good to leave behind. Original Store/Mast Store Annex, Hwy 194, Valle Crucis. Also, King Street, 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.
Don't miss experiencing North Carolina's only known Natural Gravitational Anomaly. Discovered in the 1920's on the hillside in the historic Hudson Apple Orchard this amazing Natural Phenomenon has amazed visitors since it was first opened to the public in 1948. Mystery Hill in Blowing Rock has grown over the past 70 years to include many different family-friendly attractions, and the Gravitational Anomaly believed to be caused by the dense iron deposits in the hillside continues to draw visitors from all of over the world every year. New combo ticket options make it even more affordable for families to experience all of the attractions at Mystery Hill including: the Guided Tour of the Natural Anomaly, the Hall of Mystery Hands-On Science Center, the Giant Bubbles of Bubblerama, the 265,000 Native American Artifacts of the Moon and Irene Mullins Artifacts Collection, the historic home of the Founders of Appalachian State University at the 1903 Dougherty House Museum, thousands of fossils in the Appalachian Fossil and Dinosaur Museum (including a real T-Rex skull), and Mining for Gems in the only area gem mine to offer ore directly from our local mines. Plus, step back in time with old time Souvenir Photos from Professor Finnegan's Old Time Photo Parlour and enjoy some of the areas best shopping experiences with five different gift and souvenir shops on site. Mystery Hill and the other attractions are open 7 days a week year round. Hours vary by season and are available online.
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
Setting the bar high since 2012, Sky Valley Zip Tours is rated the #1 Outdoor Activity in Blowing Rock on TripAdvisor (Feb. 2019). Experience a canopy tour and zip line adventure like no other! An exhilarating half-mile ATV ride leads you to 10 zip lines, including the famous "Big Mama," and over a mile of cable, elevations up to 300 feet, a cliff jump, and 120-foot long swinging bridge. GOT KIDS? Our Whistle Pig Adventure Park is designed for ages 4 and up! Cheer them on as they master the 7 zips, bridge, and 20-foot slide out of the trees. For a truly unique night out, zip under the stars with Night Flight at Sky Valley, starting at dark on select weekends. This 1.5 hour tour incorporates the first half of our course and ends with the cliff jump.
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. April 5-November 30.
Come discover our positive altitude! Play tennis, hike, shop, tube, zipline or just relax while enjoying some of the best views around. From nature lovers to adrenaline junkies, there is so much to do and see in the area. And living in Seven Devils makes everything easily accessible from our great central location. You will fin an array of residential choices... whether you stay for a weekend, a season, or a lifetime!
Wild West family theme park featuring a three-mile, steam-powered train ride through the North Carolina mountains. Shopping, live entertainment, amusement rides and a petting zoo. Open on weekends from April - May (Fri.-Sun). Open 7 days a week after end of May through mid-August. Mid-August through October, open weekends (Fri.-Sun.). Operating hours are 9AM to 6PM. Ghost Train Halloween Festival runs Friday and Saturday nights in October and Tweetsie Christmas is on Friday and Saturday evenings from Thanksgiving weekend through December. Please call ahead to verify operating hours and rates, or visit our website for more information.