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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 05

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
Jul 09

60th Annual Grandfather Mountain

7/9/15 – 7/12/15
Grab your kilt! Brawny athletes, delicate dancers, noisy bagpipe band parades, rocking Celtic music and a spectacular… more
Jul 10

Meet Scooby and Shaggy at Tweetsie

7/10/15 – 7/12/15
Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you? Meet Scooby and Shaggy, as seen on Cartoon Network, at Tweetsie Railroad. Free… more
Jul 10

Music Fest 'n Sugar Grove

7/10/15 – 7/11/15
MusicFest has had a close association with Deep Gap native Doc Watson since its inception in 1997. The much-admired… more
Jul 11

Brian Stokes Mitchell with the Winston

7/11/15
Event date:  Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 8:00pm Location:  Schaefer… more
Jul 17

Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

7/17/15 – 7/18/15
Come chill with the most sizzling BBQ competition teams in the southeast and the hottest bluegrass in the nation! Join… more
Jul 17

The David Grisman Sextet featuring

7/17/15
Event date: Friday, July 17, 2015 - 8:00pm Location:  Schaefer Center for… more
Jul 18

Art in the Park

7/18/15
Art in the Park was created in 1962 by a handful of area artists and craftspeople to showcase local talent;… more
Jul 18

K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs

7/18/15 – 7/26/15
These incredible dogs have delighted audiences nationwide at half-time shows and on television. First-come,… more
Jul 18

The Beach Boys - App Summer Festival

7/18/15
Event date:  Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 8:00pm Location:  Holmes… more
Jul 23

Twenty Feet from Stardom’s Lisa Fischer

7/23/15
Event Date:  Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 8:00pm Location:… more
Jul 24

Symphony by Chetola Lake

7/24/15
Spend an evening under the stars by beautiful Chetola Lake with the Symphony of the Mountains. This annual outdoor… more
Jul 31

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

7/31/15
Event date:   Friday, July 31, 2015 - 8:00pm Location: … more
Featured Events
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