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Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not, North Carolina’s Blowing Rock features an extraordinary air current that flows upward 4,000 feet over the rock’s overhang. The rock was named for the northwest wind that sweeps up with such force that it returns light objects cast over the rock.
Travelers on the Blue Ridge Parkway should visit this incredible phenomenon and gaze upon the beautiful vistas that the Blowing Rock offers. To the southwest of Blowing Rock are Hawksbill Mountain and Table Rock, and to the west are Grandfather Mountain (the highest peak in the Blue Ridge chain) and Mount Mitchell (the highest peak east of the Mississippi).
During the formation of the Blue Ridge Mountains, strong pressure in the rocks of the earth’s crust produced microscopic cracks and the alignment of the crystals that give the rock its striped appearance. Weathering enlarged the cracks, and water erosion has removed the weathered material creating the mammoth outcropping of the Blowing Rock.
The Legend of Blowing Rock – Legend has it that a Chickasaw Chieftain, fearful of a white man’s admiration for his lovely daughter, journeyed far from the plains to bring her to The Blowing Rock and the care of a squaw mother. One day the maiden saw a Cherokee brave wandering in the wilderness far below and playfully shot an arrow in his direction. He courted her with songs of his land and they married.
One day a strange reddening of the sky brought the brave and the maiden to The Blowing Rock. The brave saw it as a sign that he should return to his tribe in the plains. With a heavy heart at the prospect of leaving his bride, the brave threw himself from the rock into the wilderness below. The grief-stricken maiden prayed daily to the Great Spirit until one evening a gust of wind blew her lover back onto The Rock and into her arms. From that day a perpetual wind has blown up onto The Rock from the valley below.
Gift Shop and Snack Bar – The Blowing Rock Gift Shop offers a variety of souvenirs, t-shirts, plates, mugs, stuffed animals, postcards, and more. The Indian Shop offers Indian vests and headdresses, tomahawks, bows and arrows, rubber band guns, and coonskin caps. The site’s Snack Shop for a hot dog, nachos, popcorn, an ice cream, and cold drinks, as well as garden flags, collectible bears, jams and jellies, baskets, bird houses, and bird feeders.