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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

Jul 03

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
Jul 04

Boone 4th of July Parade

7/4/15
The Downtown Boone Annual 4th of July parade starting at 11 a.m. and is a wonderful community event for the whole… more
Jul 04

Independence Day Festival

7/4/15
Fun and music in Downtown Blowing Rock! Free events all day Saturday: games, inflatables, and face painting for the… more
Jul 04

Tweetsie Railroad's Fireworks

7/4/15
Enjoy the most spectacular fireworks show in the High Country! Park open till 9pm. Fireworks after 9pm. Parking for… more
Jul 09

60th Annual Grandfather Mountain

7/9/15 – 7/12/15
Grab your kilt! Brawny athletes, delicate dancers, noisy bagpipe band parades, rocking Celtic music and a spectacular… more
Jul 10

Meet Scooby and Shaggy at Tweetsie

7/10/15 – 7/12/15
Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you? Meet Scooby and Shaggy, as seen on Cartoon Network, at Tweetsie Railroad. Free… more
Jul 10

Music Fest 'n Sugar Grove

7/10/15 – 7/11/15
MusicFest has had a close association with Deep Gap native Doc Watson since its inception in 1997. The much-admired… more
Jul 11

Brian Stokes Mitchell with the Winston

7/11/15
Event date:  Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 8:00pm Location:  Schaefer… more
Jul 17

Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

7/17/15 – 7/18/15
Come chill with the most sizzling BBQ competition teams in the southeast and the hottest bluegrass in the nation! Join… more
Jul 17

The David Grisman Sextet featuring

7/17/15
Event date: Friday, July 17, 2015 - 8:00pm Location:  Schaefer Center for… more
Jul 18

Art in the Park

7/18/15
Art in the Park was created in 1962 by a handful of area artists and craftspeople to showcase local talent;… more
Jul 18

K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs

7/18/15 – 7/26/15
These incredible dogs have delighted audiences nationwide at half-time shows and on television. First-come,… more
Jul 18

The Beach Boys - App Summer Festival

7/18/15
Event date:  Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 8:00pm Location:  Holmes… more
Jul 23

Twenty Feet from Stardom’s Lisa Fischer

7/23/15
Event Date:  Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 8:00pm Location:… more
Jul 24

Symphony by Chetola Lake

7/24/15
Spend an evening under the stars by beautiful Chetola Lake with the Symphony of the Mountains. This annual outdoor… more
Jul 31

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

7/31/15
Event date:   Friday, July 31, 2015 - 8:00pm Location: … more
Featured Events
815 W. King Street, Suite 10
Boone, NC 28607
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