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Valle Crucis

Pronounced valley crew'sis, this peaceful, rural community was first settled more than 200 years ago. The popularĀ 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 21

K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs

7/21/18 – 7/29/18
These incredible dogs have delighted audiences nationwide at half-time shows and on television. First-come,… more
Jul 21

The Hot Sardines

7/21/18
"One of the best jazz bands in New York today" (Forbes) makes its debut at Schaefer Center where they… more
Jul 24

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show -

7/24/18 – 7/29/18
The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is among the oldest continually operating horse shows in America, held on grounds… more
Jul 26

Rhiannon Giddens

7/26/18
Singer-Songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder and front woman of the Grammy award-winning string band Carolina… more
Jul 27

Ashe County Bluegrass & Old Time

7/27/18 – 7/28/18
This annual convention brings top notch musicians and enthusiastic audiences together for two days of traditional… more
Jul 28

BODYTRAFFIC

7/28/18
Named "the company of the future" by The Joyce Theater Foundation, Dance Magazine's 25 to… more
Jul 30

Live eTown Radio Show Taping

7/30/18
This special event is co-hosted by Appalachian State University's Energy Summit and An Applachian Summer Festival… more
Aug 04

Kristin Chenoweth

8/4/18
Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth makes her debut on the Schaefer Center stage to… more
Aug 25

11th Annual High Country Beer Fest

8/25/18
The 11th annual High Country Beer Fest is slated for Saturday, August 25 this year with another amazing lineup of… more
Aug 25

Railroad Heritage Weekend

8/25/18 – 8/26/18
A unique weekend celebrating the history of Tweetsie Railroad, the ET&WNC Railroad, and mountain culture. This year… more
Featured Events
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