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Plan Your Visit
The community of Valle Crucis is the state’s first rural historic district. Winding out its curvy road passed pastures, barns, and the Watauga River will slow you down just enough to enjoy some time in the catbird seat on the back porch of the Original Store. While you’re there, take a little time to discover the galleries, farms, restaurants, and B&Bs just around the corner.
Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 406
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Phone: 828-295-7851 or 800-295-7851
Avery Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 335
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Phone: 828-898-5605 or 800-972-2183
Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 858
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Phone: 828-765-9483 or 800-227-3912
North Carolina High Country Host
1700 Blowing Rock Road
Boone, NC 28607
Phone: 828-264-1299 or 800-438-7500
A regional travel information clearing house covering such locations as Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, West Jefferson, Sparta, Spruce Pine, Valle Crucis, Little Switzerland, and North Wilkesboro.
North Carolina Travel and Tourism
For more information on where to go, what to do, and where to stay in the Old North State, visit North Carolina Travel and Tourism online at visitnc.com. Or call 1-800-VISIT NC for a free trip planning guide. For a vacation you'll always remember, come to a state you'll never forget.
things to do
The highest mountain in the Blue Ridge chain. Declared a United Nations Biosphere Preserve, visitors can see North American animals—whitetail deer, golden and bald eagles, cougars, black bears, and otters—in a natural habitat setting. Walk across the 228-foot swinging bridge or hike on one of the many trails. Also on the mountain, a gift shop and nature museum featuring exhibits that interpret the natural heritage of the mountain and award-winning nature movies.
North Carolina's only caverns open to the public. An underground stream washing tirelessly over soft limestone created a dark, cool hallway leading deep into Humpback Mountain. In the days of the Civil War, the cave was a hiding place for deserters from both sides. Guides lead visitors through the cave and point out interesting features like the bottomless pool, the bride and groom, and a fossilized sand dollar.
Roan Mountain State Park
Roan Mountain straddles the North Carolina and Tennessee state line and is one of the highest peaks in the eastern United States at 6,315 feet. The slopes of the Roan awaken with the beautiful blooms of the Catawba Rhododendron on a 600-acre natural rhododendron garden during the month of June. The peaks are excellent places to cross country ski when natural snowfalls permit. The Appalachian Trail also traverses Roan Mountain.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
The Parkway is known as "America's favorite scenic drive" and the North Carolina section has been deemed an All-American Road. This 469-mile ribbon of highway is one of the most visited of our National Parks. Its scenery is unsurpassed, and the parks along the way make interesting stops to picnic, hike, or camp.
The Carolina's original theme park, Tweetsie Railroad now carries vacationers on a three-mile adventure train trip around the mountain. The Old West theme features a palace show complete with can-can girls and other shows, such as a country music show, are available throughout the park. The engine used to pull the open air cars over the rails is the only remaining locomotive from the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad that once served Boone.
Appalachian Ski Mtn.
The High Country's oldest ski area has helped generations learn to enjoy the downhill winter sport, and now they are doing the same for snowboarders. If skiing isn't your thing, there's also an outdoor skating rink next to the lodge.
Eastern America's highest ski resort offers a variety of terrain for beginning skiers and, for those who want more challenging trails, you might try one of their Black Diamond slopes. You'll also find ice skating and shopping in a Bavarian village.
Snow Tubing and Zip Line at Hawksnest
Recognized for having the largest Snow Tubing Park and longest Zip line Tour on the East Coast. The Zip Line features 20 cables, four of which are known in the zip line industry as super or mega zips.
Valle Country Fair
The Valle Country Fair is an event held on the third Saturday in October each year. It is a slice of Americana with arts and crafts, entertainment by local and regional artists, and apple butter making right on the grounds.
River and Earth Adventures
Voted the #1 outdoor adventure in Boone, NC on TripAdvisor.com by visitors from around the world. The mission of River and Earth Adventures is to explore, have fun, educate, and share the wonders of the High Country with you. Adventures include hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, cave adventures and more.
Hickory Ridge Living History Museum
The Mountains of North Carolina are rich in history. The Cherokee Indians, Daniel Boone and other early explorers and settlers are part of the history of our country. You can learn what life was like in the 1700s as our country was formed and expanded at this museum located on the grounds of Horn in the West, the nation’s oldest Revolutionary War drama.
Daniel Boone Native Gardens
The Daniel Boone Native Gardens contain an outstanding collection of native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. Hundreds of plant varieties provide a progression of blooms throughout the growing season. A project of the Garden Club of N.C., Inc., these public gardens are an educational and conservation effort to nurture rare or endangered plant species.
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts presents exhibitions, education and collection programs that support Appalachian State University's role as a key educational, cultural and service resource.