Plan Your Visit
Boone is the Heart of the High Country. Home to Appalachian State University, it and the surrounding area has cultural offerings usually found in much larger places, but ours has hometown appeal.
Downtown Boone Development Association
The Jones House Community Center
604 West King Street
Boone, NC 28607
Find out more about all there is to do in Downtown Boone. From events like First Friday and Downtown BOO! to Music on the Lawn at the Jones House to a wide variety of local shops and restaurants.
You'll also want to follow this link to find out about Boone Parking.
Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 406
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Phone: 828-295-7851 or 800-295-7851
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
This 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.
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.
Blue Ridge Mountain Frescoes
An ancient art form is displayed on the walls of two small churches in nearby Ashe County. These are some of the most significant fresco works in the United States. Tar Heel artist Ben Long won the Leonardo da Vinci award for the fresco Mary, Great with Child at the St. Mary's Episcopal Church. The largest fresco in the group, The Last Supper, took three months to complete and can be viewed at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Glendale Springs. Complete Ben Long Fresco Trail
Horn in the West
The nation's third oldest outdoor drama takes the stage mid June and runs through mid August. The drama tells the story of the settlement of this area of the Blue Ridge and recounts the events that led up to the Battle at Kings Mountain. Daniel Boone, the town of Boone's namesake, is a central figure. Also on the Horn in the West grounds is the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, which depicts life in the mountains during the late 1700s.
Appalachian Ski Mountain, Ski Beech, and Sugar Mountain
Local ski resorts offering a variety of terrain for the beginner to the advanced downhill skier and snowboarder. Lessons and equipment rentals are available. All ski mountains have 100% snow-making capability. All also offer outdoor ice skating.
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.
Sky Valley Zip Tour
Ten zip lines, a cliff jump, a swinging bridge and countless views later—you have an experience you won't soon forget. Located a mere 3 miles from the Boone Mall in Boone, NC at Camp Sky Ranch - Sky Valley Canopy Tours is a unique blend of the High Country's diverse natural environment, nestled along a creek and tucked into the countryside.
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 exhibition, education and collection programs that support Appalachian State University's role as a key educational, cultural and service resource.
High Mountain Expeditions
Choose your adventure: North Carolina whitewater rafting—or any of High Mountain Expeditions off-river adventures such as Hiking, Caving or Mountain Biking. With over 25 years of experience in guiding adventurous travelers to some of the world's most spectacular places, High Mountain Expeditions has crafted what is considered to be some of the best adventures in the world.