VIDEO: Blowing Rock Named “Best Small Town” in North Carolina

Southern Living recently dubbed charming western NC town Blowing Rock as the "best small town" in the state. (Shutterstock)

By Billy Ball

March 20, 2024

More honors for one of NC’s prettiest little mountain towns. 🏔️

@southernliving recently named their picks for best small towns in each state, and Blowing Rock tops the list for NC.

“These towns may be small in size, but they’re big on charm,” Southern Living wrote. “Whether it’s a beautiful and walkable downtown, a thriving arts scene, a unique historic district, or a bounty of adventurous outdoor offerings, each of these communities has something truly special to recommend it.”

Here’s what they had to say about Blowing Rock:

Western North Carolina is full of great mountain towns, and this year Blowing Rock was voted the best of the best. Follow the Blue Ridge Parkway for beautiful mountain panoramas, or stay in town for ice cream from Kilwin’s and your choice of laid-back dinner spots. Legend has it that author Jan Karon based her Mitford series on Blowing Rock—visit, and experience the charm for yourself.”


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  • Billy Ball

    Billy Ball is Cardinal & Pine's senior community editor. He’s covered local, state and national politics, government, education, criminal justice, the environment and immigration in North Carolina for almost two decades, winning state, regional and national awards for his reporting and commentary.



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