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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

Jun 25

"Horn in the West" outdoor drama

6/23/17 – 8/5/17
"Horn in the West" legacy outdoor drama thrills young and old alike with this adventure from our nation's… more
Jul 01

Burning in Effigy of King George III

7/1/17
Celebrate Independence Day in 18th century style with a typical rally of 1780's and '90's North Carolina. (Note: In… more
Jul 04

Boone 4th of July Parade

7/4/17
The Downtown Boone Annual 4th of July parade starting at 11 a.m. and is a fun event for the whole family.   Take a… more
Jul 06

62nd Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

7/6/17 – 7/9/17
Blaring bagpipes, astounding athletes, delicate dancers, rocking Celtic music and a spectacular highland setting make… more
Jul 07

First Friday Art Crawl

2/3/17 – 12/1/17
Shop, mingle and meet local artists from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at downtown shops and galleries. Enjoy fresh art, lively… more
Jul 08

An Evening with Sutton Foster

7/8/17
Two-time Tony Award-winning actyress, singer and dancer Sutton Foster makes her debut on the Schaefer Center stage for… more
Jul 15

Jennifer Nettles

7/15/17
Grammy Award-winning Country superstar Jennifer Nettles has become one of the most admired singer-songwriters in music… more
Jul 21

MOMIX: "Opus Cactus"

7/21/17
Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of… more
Jul 22

Chris Botti

7/22/17
For more than two decades, multi Grammy award-winning master trumpeter and composer Chris Botti has amassed a variety… more
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