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Boone

In 1884, a noted travel writer visited Boone, even then, "a centre of interest," in the mountains. When he left, he wrote, "There is nothing special to be said about Boone. We were anxious to reach it, we were glad to leave it."

Welcome to the Hub of the High Country 

What a difference a few years makes. Northerner Margaret Morley visited in 1913 and wrote, "That first visit to Boone!" with its "pretty snuggle of houses running along a single street," where the surroundings look "for all the world like a summer meadow in the New England hills."

Boone had gone from the dismal site of a famous Civil War skirmish (100 years ago in 2015) to renown for its cool summer climate. From the beginnings of Appalachian State University in 1899, Boone has become an educational center. Noted for athletic as well as academic distinctions, ASU is one of the most sought after campuses in the University of North Carolina system. But Boone is more than a "cool" college town. It has emerged as the hub of commerce in the North Carolina High Country. Check out our Boone Area Buyer's Guide.

The main street, King Street, still offers the nostalgic feel of small town America. Its 1930s, recently restored post office is a classic, complete with a Depression-era Works Progress Administration painting of Daniel Boone. A statue of iconic mountain musician and local favorite Arthel "Doc" Watson picks a guitar on a bench in downtown, as he once did on his way to fame in the early 1960s. Diverse businesses, great restaurantsshops and boutiques line the streets of and the buildings of Appalachian State provide a modern backdrop for this mountain town. One of those is the Turchin Center for the Performing Arts, a museum space at the heart of the town's first Friday Art Crawls where galleries and local artists and exhibitions take center stage. In its 30 years, ASU's Appalachian Summer Festival has become a landmark cultural event for summer residents and locals alike.

Nationally significant travel attractions draw visitors from around the country, among them Grandfather MountainTweetsie Railroad, and the long-popular, mid-summer heritage drama Horn in the West. Boone and surrounding communities wrap those offerings in world-class outdoor recreation, on the trails, rocky summits, whitewater streams and rivers that provide some of the most spectacular natural settings in Eastern America. The Blue Ridge Parkway anchors those offerings as the most popular unit of the national park system.

All of those distinctions reflect a vibrant community where the focus is decidedly on local arts and agriculture, the latter sampled from April to November at the Watauga County Farmer's Market-and of course, local eateries, even hip food trucks and local breweries. Modern conveniences include the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, a landmark medical network that provides comprehensive services for the entire region. Boone's free AppalCart bus system is another plus, one reason why Forbes magazine recently named it a top place to retire.

Boone's High Country environment is elevated by nature, but it's renowned for a four-season recreational lifestyle that fits its status as the kingpin of Eastern America's highest mountains.

Featured Events

Aug 04

Guided Tours at Hickory Ridge Museum

6/26/15 – 8/8/15
Hickory Ridge Living History Museum opens at 5:30 p.m. on evenings Horn in the West is performed, Tuesday through… more
Aug 04

Legacy Outdoor Drama: "Horn in the West"

6/26/15 – 8/8/15
"Horn in the West" legacy outdoor drama thrills young and old alike with this adventure from our nation's… more
Aug 07

Music in the Valle

5/22/15 – 9/11/15
The "Music in the Valle" Concert Series at Valle Crucis Community Park begins Friday, May 22nd, 2015, and… more
Aug 08

Riders In The Sky

8/8/15
An annual event! Come hear Grammy award-winning music and comedy from America's Favorite Cowboys. Shows daily at Noon… more
Aug 15

Art in the Park

8/15/15
Art in the Park was created in 1962 by a handful of area artists and craftspeople to showcase local talent;… more
Aug 19

Blue Ridge Conservancy hosts Annual

8/19/15
Join us for the 15th Annual Stick Boy Bread Company Mayview Madness 5K Run/Walk and Blue Ridge Pediatric Kids 1-Mile… more
Aug 29

Railroad Heritage Weekend at Tweetsie

8/29/15 – 8/30/15
A once-a-year event for railroad enthusiasts of all ages! Celebrate the Golden Age of steam locomotives behind… more
Featured Events
815 W. King Street, Suite 10
Boone, NC 28607
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