There’s much to enjoy in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Nature abounds near this small town. One of the great benefits to this area are the waterfalls. Below is a short list of popular waterfalls in the area with a Google Map listing to show you the way.
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Green Mountain Creek Falls
These falls are nearly 20 feet high with a shallow plunge pool. It empties into a tunnel that passes under the road to the other side. It looks really pretty in the winter when it’s frozen. Located on Hwy 221, about 8 miles from Main Street in Blowing Rock. You’ll find the falls on the right side of the road at the pull-off.
These falls are a series of narrow cascades expanding over 70+ feet on a semi-steep decline from top to bottom. To get to it, travel six miles south from Green Park Inn on Hwy 321 from Blowing Rock.
Laurel Creek Falls
Also known as “Trash Can Falls,” this waterfall is a large area for people to play and swim. Get to it from Hwy 321 traveling on 321N toward Johnson City (at Skateworld) a little over five miles to a parking area. The trail is short and well-defined.
This waterfall requires a little hike (one mile) and is a popular place for sunbathing and swimming in the summer. Get to it from the Boone Fork Trail at milepost 297 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Boone Fork Trail Falls
These falls are different than the ones above. The Boone Fork River winds as you travel along the Boone Fork Trail. The trail can be steep and difficult at times. Get to it by finding the trailhead at Julian Price Park picnic area, Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 295.