Sightseeing along and near the Parkway

Here in the High Country are some destinations that are a must see for the Summer!

The Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock – The Blowing Rock is an immense cliff 4,000 feet above sea level, above Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below. The rocky walls of the gorge form a flume through which the northwest wind seeps with such force that light objects thrown over the void return to their senders, thus the name Blowing Rock. There are several lookouts that let you enjoy the view in almost every direction. You can also see different mountain ranges; For example Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock, Grandmother Mountain, and many more.

Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

Blowing Rock – This 3,500-acre country estate was the turn of the 20th century home of “Denim King” Moses H. Cone, whose textile empire made this magnificent retreat possible. Today, 26 miles of carriage roads are available for hikers and horseback riders. Shop for fine crafts at the 23-room manor house. Or, simply sit on the front porch and enjoy the views and cool temperatures from 4,000 feet. Also there is approximately 2 mile hike up and back down from Bass lake to the Manor house. From Bass lake in certain areas you can see the manor house on top of the hill. If you start at bass lake its an uphill hike but you can enjoy it when you get to the top with the wonderful views and you can take a tour of the house.

Linville Falls

Linville Falls – The home of the most popular waterfall in the Blue Ridge Mountains due to its accessibility to the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a spectacular three-tiered waterfall plunging into Linville Gorge, the "Grand Canyon of the Southern Appalachians."

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