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. January, February and March open weekends only, weather permitting. Located on Highway 321 South across from Green Park Inn. Handicap accessible.
Mystery Hill is a fascinating exploration of science, optical illusion and natural phenomena. The tour includes the Mystery House (where visitors stand at a 45° angle), the Hall of Mystery, the Puzzle Room, and Bubble-Rama. Also features Appalachian Heritage Museum and the Native American Artifacts Museum with 50,000 relics. Open 7 days, year round. It’s a great place to take the kids on a rainy day or when winter weather approaches.
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.
Known as America’s Favorite Driving experience, the parkway is the most popular attraction in the National Parks system. It is a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. The Parkway is 469 miles and runs through Virginia and North Carolina. Nearby on the parkway, you’ll find Linville Caverns, Grandfather Mountain, Price Lake, the Boone Fork Trail and Hebron Rock Colony, Shatley Springs, and the Parkway Craft Center.
Tweetsie is one of the most popular destinations in the area for family fun. It’s a Wild West theme park featuring a three-mile steam-powered train ride through the North Carolina mountains. Along with the train ride, there is shopping, live entertainment, amusement rides and a petting zoo. Plan to spend a half-day or a whole day there.
• Open from mid-April through mid-August from 9AM to 6PM.
• Open mid-August through October on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9AM to 6PM.
• Ghost Train Halloween Festival runs weekend evenings in October.
• Please call ahead to verify operating hours and rates, or visit http://www.tweetsie.com
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
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. Grandfather Mountain also offers educational programs throughout the year.
Appalachian State University
- When families are visiting the campus with their prospective students
- Family stay when kids are at summer camp
- Appalachian State football games
- Greek Societies have upscale events
Open 7 days a week. Night skiing begins first Friday in December. Refrigerated Outdoor Ice Arena w/ 3 sessions daily @ Noon, 2:30 & 7pm. Ski Equipment rentals, Snowboard rentals, clothing rentals, & helmet rentals. Home of the French Swiss Ski College, the Southeast’s largest independent Ski School, offering daily group and private lessons & the SKIwee Children’s Program.
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.
Recognized by the North Carolina Board of Education as the ONLY education based commercial gem mine in North Carolina and were classified as a special class of Geological Interpreters practicing Interpretive Methods to relay college level geology to all age groups young and old.
Guided tours through a natural limestone cavern featuring stalactite and stalagmite formations, underground stream and blind trout. Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in western NC’s High Country region, Linville Caverns is an ideal destination for visitors of all ages. Open year round (only on weekends during December, January and February)
Finest quality Appalachian Mountain hand-made crafts by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Craft demonstrations on the porch. March 15-November 30. Located on Milepost 294 on the Blue Ridge Parwkay in the Moses Cone Manor just off 221.
Visual arts come to life at Appalachian State University’s premier art museum! Acclaimed exhibitions, lectures, special events and workshops for all ages. We make the visual arts accessible and fun for everyone! Free admission and guided tours available. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10a-6p; Friday noon-8p; (closed Sunday and Monday)