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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

Jun 03

Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble

6/1/15 – 6/14/15
Join Grandfather Mountain for special programs designed to help visitors get the most out of the memorable sight of… more
Jun 05

Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine at

6/5/15 – 6/12/15
A Day out with Thomas the Tank Engine at Tweetsie Railroad will include a 25 minute train ride with a full-size Thomas… more
Jun 12

Cork & Canvas

6/12/15
Join artist Jill Huffman as you learn how to paint your own version of Red Poppy by Georgia O'Keefe. Absolutely no… more
Jun 19

Meet Team Umizoomi at Tweetsie Railroad

6/19/15 – 6/21/15
Meet the Mighty Math Heroes! Special appearances all weekend at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Event is included with regular park… more
Jun 21

Todd FREE Summer Concert

6/21/15
Todd Community Preservation Organization Presents The King Bees Bring a lawn chair or blanket. There will be food… more
Jun 26

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
Jun 27

Annual Heritage Day and Wood Kiln

6/27/15
Family fun day at the Traditions Pottery Studio just 3 miles south of Blowing Rock. Live Music all day with €œThe… more
Jun 27

Outdoor Fireworks Concert: Kacey

6/27/15
Day of Show Information Gates open at 6pm General Admission Seating Rain or shine. Umbrellas not permitted. Please… more
Jun 28

91st Annual Singing on the Mountain

6/28/15
Singing on the Mountian is a day-long gospel sing and fellowship featuring a dozen top gospel groups and sermon from a… more
Featured Events
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Boone, NC 28607
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