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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 19

Chris Botti

7/19/19
Multi Grammy Award-winning master trumpeter and composer Chris Botti returns to the festival for a dazzling evening of… more
Jul 20

Lily Tomlin

7/20/19
Lily Tomlin, one of America's foremost comediennes, returns to the festival for an unforgettable night of smart humor… more
Jul 20

Piano Man of the Blue Ridge

7/20/19
Jeff and his trio stay busy traveling the country performing concerts with an energy and dedication to their music… more
Jul 23

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show -

7/23/19 – 7/28/19
The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is among the oldest continually operating horse shows in America, held on the L.… more
Jul 25

Broadway's Next Hit Musical

7/25/19 – 7/26/19
Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It is all improvised, and it is all funny. The… more
Jul 26

Symphony by the Lake

7/26/19
Experience a moving performance by the Symphony of the Mountains. Surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge landscape,… more
Jul 28

Boone Cyclo.Via

7/28/19
On Sunday, July 28th, from 11am - 4pm, portions of Howard Street, Depot Street and Rivers Street will be closed to… more
Aug 01

Punch Brothers

8/1/19
Punch Brothers are the quintet of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam… more
Aug 03

The Temptations

8/3/19
For more than fiftyyears, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular musi with a series of smash hits and… more
Aug 24

12th Annual High Country Beer Fest

8/24/19
The 12th annual High Country Beer Fest is slated for Saturday, August 24 this year with another amazing lineup of… more
Featured Events
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