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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

Oct 07

Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 7:00pm Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts… more
Oct 09

Ghost Train Halloween Festival at

9/25/15 – 10/31/15
Friday and Saturday evenings, September 25 through October 31, 7:30 pm to 11:30pm, all aboard Tweetsie’s Ghost… more
Oct 11

5th Annual Boone Heritage Festival

Celebrating Appalachian heritage and Daniel Boone history, with 18th century living history demonstrations, craft… more
Oct 17

38th Annual Woolly Worm Festival

10/17/15 – 10/18/15
Family fun for everyone with the chance for your Woolly Worm to win a $1000! Nearly 170 craft vendors, food, live… more
Oct 17
Oct 23

An Evening with David Sedaris

NPR Humorist and Best-selling Author of Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and… more
Oct 30

Downtown Boone Boo

The annual Boone BOO! happens Halloween, October 30th starting at 4:00 pm. The Town of Boone, the Watauga Co.… more
Oct 31

Spooky Stories & Creepy Crafts

2 -€“ 2:30 pm Spooky Stories with ReVonda Crow 2:30 - 3 pm Creepy Crafts Ages 4 -€“ 10 Come hear spooky (but not… more
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