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Blowing Rock Winter Activity Guide

Our Blowing Rock NC Winter Activity Guide 2023 highlights things to do in Blowing Rock that should not to be missed during the colder months. 


  • App Ski Mtn
    For "all things snow" head to the High Country's first ski area. The resort features 12 slopes with choices for all ages and abilities, 3 terrain parks, outdoor ice skating and the French Swiss Ski School. View details HERE
  • The Blowing Rock
    North Carolina's Oldest Tourist Attraction is a must see when in Blowing Rock.  Enjoy the endless winter views and read the legend. **The "rock" is closed Tuesday & Wednesday in the winter, call ahead during inclement weather. View details HERE

  • Glen Burney Falls Trail
    The trail to these falls is said to be an ancient Native American pathway and descends steeply through John’s River Gorge.  The trail is less than 2 miles long and offers several mini falls along the way that make for good photographs. The trailhead is located in the heart of Blowing Rock at Annie Gannon Park on Laurel Lane, just two blocks from Main Street.  *Trail can be icy- check conditions before exploring

  • Moses Cone Park Trails
    These trails located in the Moses Cone Memorial Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway are ideal for winter hiking.  They are well maintained with gravel, so are less likely to be muddy and slick!  The trail system can also be accessed from multiple points even when the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed for winter travel. View detailed trail maps HERE

  • Chetola Bonfire Nights
    Enjoy the clear night skies with s'mores, a beverage from the outdoor bar and live music, while cozying up around the bonfire. View details HERE  **Friday & Saturday nights, 6-9pm. 
  • Blowing Rock Sledding- Blue Ridge Parkway Entrance MP 294
    The hills seen at this locations are a favorite place for locals to sled on a nice snow day! (And since the parkway is usually closed when it snows, you can just park to the side of the road.) 

  • High Gravity Adventures
    This aerial adventure park features a three-person giant swing, aerial course with 75 different challenges and a 1,000 foot zipline. While the park is closed for the winter, they do open on holiday weekends such as MLK and Valentine's Day.  View details HERE



  • Blowing Rock Winterfest
    January 26-29, various times
    Events include the icy Polar Bear Plunge in Chetola Lake, dining specials, ice carving and more! Click HERE

  • BRAHM 
    Various Dates
    The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum offers a wide array of events from Movies at the Museum to Scholars and Scones. To find out what events are coming up, click HERE

  • Live Indoor Music
    Various Dates
    Find live music from jazz to traditional mountain jams all season long.  Find a detailed list HERE

  • Find weekly upcoming events compiled by the regional visitor center staff every Tuesday HERE



  • Mystery Hill
    Fun for all ages, the gravitational anomaly has been fascinating visitors since 1948. While you are there, visit the hands on science activities, bubblerama, hatchet throwing, gem mining, Professor Finnegan's Old Time Photo and the Dougherty House featuring a large arrowhead collection and Appalachian history. Click HERE

  • Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM)
    A trip to Boone is not complete without a stop at the Mast General Store's Old Boone Merchantile! The circa 1913 emporium is brimming with old-time housewares and candies, outdoor clothing and gear and maybe even a kitchen sink.

  • Docs Rocks Gem Mine and Fossil Museum
    Located at the entrance to the Tanger Outlets, Docs Rocks features an indoor heated flume for sluicing ore mined locally. Beside the Gem Mine, the Appalachian Fossil and Dinosaur Museum features thousands of fossils from the region along with replica dinosaurs. Click HERE

  • Tanger Outlets
    The Tanger Outlets feature national brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren and J Crew along covered sidewalks. Find a full list of stores HERE