Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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The Blowing Rock is a cliff that hangs 3,000 feet above Johns River Gorge at the town of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The force of the wind is so strong that it returns light objects that are cast out over the gorge.
The prevailing wind blows through the gorge toward Blowing Rock. At the end of the gorge, the wind's path of least resistance is up the steep slopes surmounted by the outcropping, resulting in a nearly vertical and typically strong wind.
The legend of the Blowing Rock is that a Cherokee brave leapt from the rock into the wilderness below, only to have a gust of wind return him back to his lover on top of the rock.
Admission costs $6 for adults and $1 for children ages 4-11. Hours vary by season. The fee is payable at the adjacent souvenir shop.
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