Milepost 292-298

Wildflowers You Might Spot From Milepost 292-298

  • Mayapple – Mar-Apr
  • Serviceberry Sarvis – Mar-May
  • Buttercups – Mar-June
  • Wild Strawberry – Mar-June
  • Crested Dwarf Iris – Apr-May
  • Soloman’s Seal – Apr-May
  • Bloodroot – Apr-May
  • Foam Flower- Apr-Jun
  • Witch Hobbie-Hobblebush- Apr-Jun
  • Flame Azalea – May-June
  • Fraser Magnolia – May
  • Catawba Rhododendron – June
  • Mountain Laurel – June-July
  • Mountain Ash – Jun-Jul (bloom), Sept-Oct (berry)
  • Black-eyed Susan – July
  • Angelica – Aug-Sept
  • Goldenrod – Sept
  • Witch Hazel – Late Sept-Oct


Birds You Might Spot From Milepost 292-298

  • Solitary Vireos
  • Red-eyed Vireos
  • Rose-breated Grosbeaks
  • Acadian Flycatcher
  • Black-throated blue warbler
  • Canada Warbler
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Wood Thrush
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Barred Owl
  • Raven
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Broad-winged Hawks

**Some great places to see these birds are at Moses Cone Park and at Julian Price Park.


Facts and Folklore between milepost 292 – 298

Annie Got Her Gun!– Did you know that the fashionable Mayview Manor in Blowing Rock employed Annie Oakley, herself, to operate their trapshooting range.

Blowing Rock Named Best Place to Visit– Did you know that Blowing Rock was named Best Place to Visit by Our State magazine in 1999? That is just one of the many awards this resort town receives each year.

Blowing Rock is Mitford!– Did you know that Blowing Rock is the hometown of author Jan Karon, and is the basis for the town, Mitford, in her “Mitford Series” of books? Those who have read the books will recognize the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches, local shops and restaurants…and maybe…just maybe…a few of the characters!

The Resort Tradition– The resort town of Blowing Rock has been hosting visitors since well back into the 1880s. It was once called Summerville because of all the people who spent their summers in full-time residents’ homes, inns, etc. Today, Blowing Rock continues to uphold its excellent reputation as a resort town with such reputable resorts as Chetola and fine hotels like Meadowbrook Inn.

Movie Filmed in Blowing Rock!– If you visit Moses Cone Manor, you may remember it from the Steven King film, The Green Mile. The opening and closing scenes where the main character is in a nursing home were filmed at the Manor. The cemetary scene was filmed at Laurel Fork Baptist Church off Aho Road.


Points of Interest – Milepost 292 to 298

Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway – Time spent depends on your stamina…You could spend all day! – Outlet shoppes including Gap, Liz Claiborne, Ralph Lauren, Geoffrey Beene, Corning, and over 30 others. Also, there’s a restaurant, ice cream shop and much more. From MP 292 it’s a straight shot down 321 (Shoppes will be on your right). From MP 294, take 221 to Main Street Intersection, make a left. At stoplight, make a left and Shoppes will be right there on your left. 800-720-6728 or

The Green Park Inn – Drive By or stop & have a picture made with green horse & buggy! – On the National Register of Historic Places, the Green Park Inn is rich with heritage. Overlooking the Blowing Rock Golf Course, the stately, white-framed, Victorian manor is one of the South’s oldest resorts established in 1882. Such figures as Franklin Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, and JD Rockefeller have graced the Green Park for opulent galas and weekends of rest and relaxation.

Moses Cone Manor – 1-3 hrs. The Manor House was the summer home of textile magnate Moses Cone (also called the Denim King!). The home was one of the first in the mountains to have indoor plumbing. He planted orchards and had two lakes made for his fishing enjoyment: Bass Lake and Trout Lake. Today, the Cone House is home to the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, an organization that only accepts high-quality crafts for sale and display. Here you will also find 26 miles of bridle paths and carriage trails. The carriage house and main house are rumored to be haunted! FREE

Rich Mtn. – Carriage, Horse & Hiking Trail: 3.0 miles, Moderate FREE

Flat Top Mountain – Carriage, Horse & Hiking Trail: 3.0 miles, Moderate FREE

Watkins – Carriage, Horse & Hiking Trail: 3.3 miles, Moderate FREE

Black Bottom – Carriage, Horse & Hiking Trail: .5 miles, easy FREE

Bass Lake – Carriage, Horse & Hiking Trail: 1.7 miles, easy FREE

Deer Park – Carriage, Horse & Hiking Trail: .8 miles, Moderate FREE

Maze – Carriage, Horse & Hiking Trail: 2.3 miles, Moderate FREE

Duncan – Carriage, Horse & Hiking Trail: 2.5 miles, Moderate FREE

Rock Creek Bridge – Carriage, Horse & Hiking Trail: 1.0 mile, easy FREE

The Village of Blowing Rock – 1.5 to 3 hrs. – Unique shops, boutiques, antique markets and restaurants in a picture-perfect village setting complete with a Main Street Park with benches for weary shoppers. From MP 294, take Hwy. 221 into Blowing Rock, make right on Main Street and you’re there! From MP 292, take 321 into Blowing Rock, make a right on Sunset and that will take you to Main Street. 800-295-7851 or

Glen Burney Falls – From MP 294 take US Hwy. 221 North for 2 miles to Main Street in Blowing Rock. At the traffic light, turn right onto Main Street/Hwy. 321 S and go through one traffic light. Take a right onto Laurel Lane and proceed straight through 4-way stop sign. Next left is driveway for Anne Cannon Memorial Garden (across from pond with Gazebo). The trail head for Glen Burney Trail is at far end of parking area. The Trail goes to two waterfalls. 1.6 miles. Moderate to Strenuous. FREE

Art in the Park -All day! – Featuring unique crafts, fine art, great food, mountain music, and much more. One of the area’s most popular festivals. Takes place one Saturday per month each year from May to October. 800-295-7851 or FREE

Blowing Rock Stage Company – Top notch theatrical and musical performances right in the town of Blowing Rock. Musicals, Comedies and Reviews featuring professional talent and children’s theatre productions. Year-round productions to begin with the completion of the new Blowing Rock Community Arts Center. From MP 294, make left onto Hwy. 221, then right onto Main Street. Make left onto Sunset and Blowing Rock Stage Company is on right. From MP 292, take 321 to Blowing Rock and turn right onto Sunset Drive. Stage Company will be on your left. Be sure to call or visit their web site for a schedule and to reserve tickets. 828-295-9627. $

Westglow Spa – 1 hr. to overnight – Pamper yourself for an hour, a day…or a whole week! From MP 294, make a right onto Hwy. 221. Westglow is approximately 4 miles on the left from the turn onto 221. 800-562-0807 or $

Figure 8 Trail -A short, self-guiding loop nature trail. Milepost 294.1, .7 mile, Easy FREE

Trout Lake – Hiking & Horse Trail One mile loop, easy. At MP 294.6 FREE Historic Fort Defiance– About 20 miles from Milepost 292,on Highway 321,towards Lenoir- 1792 Fort Defiance Drive, Lenoir-Fort Defiance, circa 1792, is the restored home of General William Lenoir. Considered one of the most unique restorations country-wide, it contains over 300 pieces of original furnishings and artifacts. 828-758-1671. $

Julian Price Park – 1 hr. to overnight – 4,344 acre park with lake, canoeing, campground, picnic area, fishing, trails, amphitheater and more. Campground has no showers but does have bathrooms. Lake on premises–canoeing, fishing & trails. No reservations accepted. Cost is based on number of persons in tent space (usually around $14 or so) Dump station for RVs at office. Cold water, grills but no electricity. Great trails. Excellent fishing. FREE

Green Knob Trail – Excellent hike that goes under a Parkway bridge, over the ridge and across many different types of terrain. Great for wildflower and bird enthusiasts. Could spot a deer. Great for winter hiking, too. 2.3 Miles, Moderate to Strenuous. MP 295.9 FREE

Boone Fork – Trail Great trail to see stream, forest and meadows. Kids and dogs LOVE it! 4.9 miles, moderate to strenuous. Also great picnic area at trail head. MP 296.5 FREE Price Lake

Loop Trail – Great way to explore Price Park and Price Lake. Especially beautiful when Mountain Laurel & Rhododendron are out and is breathtakingly beautiful in the fall. Also a neat hike in the winter when there is snow on the ground. 2.3 miles, Moderate. Fairly flat. MP 297. FREE


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