This place is hilarious. You drive up to the information building, pay your entrance fee, walk out the door and tada, the rock is right there. The whole "trail" takes less than 10 minutes (with an icecream shop and gift shop along the trail). If you get the right angle, you can "fake a hike" on top of the blowing rock. The view is beautiful but it is not too different from the view points along the blue ridge parkway. Go here for a fun photo opp but not for a hike.
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