The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

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The Blowing Rock, pen & ink drawing by Lee James Pantas
To purchase a print of this drawing by author/artist Lee Pantas, visit Cherry Orchard Studio 

    The Blowing Rock , located near Boone, is an immense cliff rising about 1,000 feet above the Johns River Gorge below. The rock is named Blowing Rock because the cliff walls of the gorge form a flume through which the north-west wind sweeps with such force that it returns light objects cast over the cliff. This phenomena prompted the Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” cartoon about “the only place in the world where snow falls upside down.”

Website: The Blowing Rock
Blowing Rock, NC
Distance: 2 hours from Asheville
Address: Highway 321 South, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Telephone: 828-295-7111
Hours: March, April, May and November: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; June-October: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Closed December-February
Fees: Adult, senior and child rates, under five free
Allow:1 hour
Mariam & Robert Hayes Performing Arts Center, Mast General Store, Tweetsie Railroad, Linville Caverns, Linville Gorge, Grandfather Mountain, Ben Long Frescoes
Directions: From Blue Ridge Parkway take Boone exit to 321 South to Blowing Rock. A faster route from Asheville is to take I-40 East to Marion and take Hwy. 221 North to Blowing Rock

Wild & Furry Animals of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, by Lee James Pantas






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