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Valle Crucis

Pronounced valley crew'sis, this peaceful, rural community was first settled more than 200 years ago. The popular Valle Country Fair, one of the High Country's most eagerly anticipated annual events, showcases the valley's rural heritage and charm the third week in October.

Pastoral Perfection in the High Country

Valle Crucis remains much as it was a century or more ago. When Levi Ives, the second Episcopal bishop of North Carolina, visited the area in the 1840s, he looked down from a hillside, noticed three streams forming the shape of a St. Andrew's cross and deemed the location Valle Crucis, Latin for "Vale of the Cross."

Valle Crucis was designated as North Carolina's first rural national historic district and the entire community is officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nationally recognized historic buildings abound in Valle Crucis, with many, like The Baird House (1790), The Mast Farm Inn (below, an 1812 Historic Hotel of America), the Old Episcopal Mission (1842), the building that houses Over Yonder Restaurant (1861), and the Mast General Store (1883), restored to their original splendor and still enticing the public today.

The rustic countryside provides ample opportunity for recreational activities. Residents and visitors enjoy riverfront Valle Crucis Community Park, with multiple children's playgrounds, athletic fields, picnic areas, and a walking/running trail that explores lush wetlands and the banks of the rushing Watauga River. Visitors can also be found hiking the trail from the old Episcopal Mission, now the Valle Crucis Conference Center, to cascading Crab Orchard Falls.

The valley's pristine pastures are a popular setting for fly fishing along the Watauga River. Regardless of your choice of activity, the best way to recap the day's events in Valle Crucis is from a rocking chair outside your cabin or B&B, in the crisp mountain air, overlooking a valley that historians and visitors alike have called "uncommon."

Featured Events

Jul 26

65th Season of "Horn in the West"

6/25/16 – 8/6/16
"Horn in the West" legacy outdoor drama thrills young and old alike with this adventure from our nation's… more
Jul 26

Guided Tours at Hickory Ridge Living

6/28/16 – 11/18/16
Hickory Ridge Living History Museum invites you to a guided tour of five log cabins. Presented by 18th century… more
Jul 26

K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs

7/23/16 – 7/31/16
These incredible dogs have delighted audiences nationwide at half-time shows and on television. First-come,… more
Jul 29

Concerts on the Jones House Lawn

6/3/16 – 8/26/16
The Jones House Community Center is situated on King Street in downtown Boone, next to the Mast General Store's Old… more
Jul 30

Mornings at Hickory Ridge Museum

5/7/16 – 11/26/16
Hickory Ridge Living History Museum invites you to explore six log cabins and additional outbuildings presented by… more
Jul 30

Schaefer Popular Series: Trombone

7/30/16
New Orleans native Trombone Shorty is the bandleader and frontman of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a… more
Jul 30

The Odyssey: An Interactive Children's

7/16/16 – 7/30/16
"This fast-paced and funny adaptation brings Homer's original story to life for young audiences. Odysseus and his… more
Aug 06

Riders In The Sky

8/6/16 – 8/7/16
Americas favorite cowboys and Grammy Award winners Riders In The Sky entertain "The Cowboy Way"€ at high… more
Aug 06

Schaefer Popular Series: Jerry Douglas

8/6/16
Dobro master and 13-time Grammy-award winner Jerry Douglas is to the resonator guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the… more
Aug 07

Gran Fondo National Championship Series

8/7/16
"Come Challenge Yourself" Event is open to riders of all ability levels from Beginner to Elite.… more
Aug 13

Art in the Park

8/13/16
Art in the Park was created in 1962 by a handful of area artists and craftspeople to showcase local talent; it'€™s now… more
Featured Events
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Boone, NC 28607
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