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Blowing Rock is a village mountain town nestled at the foot of The Blowing Rock, a barktastic rock formation from which the town gets its name. If you and your pooch love to explore the great outdoors, then Blowing Rock is your next stop. There are no vets within Blowing Rock, but the next closest clinic is only ten miles away in neighboring Banner Elk.
To kickstart your stay in Blowing Rock, a visit to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park is a must (known simply as “Cone Park” by the locals). This commemorative estate was preserved in honor of Moses H. Cone who was a conservationist. Today, the country estate offers both visitors and locals a regional crafts shop, and over 25 miles of scenic hiking and walking trails that your pup is sure to be excited about!
Venture even further and take Fido for an easy 1.5 hour hike around the spawtacular Price Lake on the Price Lake Loop Trail. It’s pawfect for pups who love to take a refreshing dip! When you make it back down to Blowing Rock town center, woof down a yummy specialty sandwich at the pawpular Town Tavern.
There’s no better time and place to get lost in the mystical Blue Ridge Mountains than right now in Blowing Rock. Visit today to discover what you’ve been missing out on!
For a day filled with adventure, begin the morning in Annie Cannon Gardens for a sweet stroll around Mayview Lake. From there, follow the 1.5 mile foot trail into the backwoods of the Appalachian Mountains. Now a pawpular destination for visitors and locals alike, this native trail leads modern-day explorers to two wooftastic waterfalls known as Glen Burney and Glen Marie Falls. Ranging from 45-55 feet high, these beautiful cascades of nature are the reward at the end of a moderately difficult hike. Make sure to follow all trail signs and keep Fido on a leash when hiking in the forest.
Mystery Hill remains quite the err, mystery, when it comes to naturally-occurring phenomenon. Two-legged and four-legged visitors are welcome to come visit Mystery Hill for its historical heritage and curious gravitational anomalies. Pooches are welcome to join in on the fun, too! While you’re in Mystery Hill, take advantage of Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine. A family-owned mining tourist attraction, Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine lets you mine for gems, shop for gifts, picnic and more, right along with your pup! When you’re all through, the Mystery Hill paved walking trail offers you and Fido the chance to stretch your paws all the way to the renown Tweetsie Railroad.
It’s no doubt you will be visiting Blowing Rock’s quaint downtown area. Luckily for you and Fido, there’s a handful of local eateries and cozy cottages to make your stay ever so paw-leasant! Make sure to stop by the Blowing Rock Brewing Company for local beers, great food, and fur-iendly staff! Your pup will have his own water bowl to enjoy as you dine on the outdoor patio. Get some much-needed rest at the Alpine Village Inn or the Hillwinds Inn, located just a paw away from tons of shops, restaurants and more. If you’re traveling with a big dog, Alpine Village Inn welcomes pooches of any size for a small additional fee (whereas Hillwinds only allows small dogs).
Don’t be fooled, the Blowing Rock town center doesn’t go for miles. Within a few minutes walk, you and Fido can easily go from North Town Center to the equally vibrant and entertaining South Town Center. Not to miss in this corner of the village is the Six Pence Pub. Dog owners rave about this won-fur-ful pub serving traditional British and American dishes, where your pup can expect a fresh bowl of water and a doggie biscuit upon arrival! For more food pawptions, try out the Speckled Trout or the Foggy Rock Eatery & Pub. Both restaurants offer pup-friendly patios so you can enjoy your meal with your best bud!
Now that you’ve explored Blowing Rock village, it’s time to adventure up to The Blowing Rock itself! This easy-going hike will require lots of water, a well-kept eye on your leashed pup, and a pawsitive attitude! A ¼ mile loop offers you and Fido jaw-dropping views of Western North Carolina. This is definitely a pawsome adventure to enjoy with your pup, just be sure to bring water and clean up bags! Once you’ve scaled back down the mountain, treat yourselves at Canyons for a delightfully tasty meal as you overlook the wooftacular Johns River Gorge below.
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