Watauga County Tourism Development Authority Articles http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/ Recent Articles - Press Releases Wed, 21 Mar 2018 03:10:39 GMT BOONE SUMMER INCLUDES CULTURAL AND MUSICAL EVENTS FOR ALL AGES http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/boone-summer-includes-cultural-and-musical-events-for-all-ages/733/ Spend the summer enjoying music in the mountains Fri, 09 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/boone-summer-includes-cultural-and-musical-events-for-all-ages/733/ BOONE, NORTH CAROLINA’S TROUT FISHING SEASON KICKS OFF IN MARCH http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/boone-north-carolina-s-trout-fishing-season-kicks-off-in-march/730/ Select Outfitters Offering Discount on Guided Fly Fishing Trips During the Month of March Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/boone-north-carolina-s-trout-fishing-season-kicks-off-in-march/730/ TUBING TIPS AND CHECKLIST http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/tubing-tips-and-checklist/732/ River tubing is one of the coolest and most relaxing ways to spend a summer afternoon! Thu, 08 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/tubing-tips-and-checklist/732/ Kick Off The Holiday Season With A Boone Adventure http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/kick-off-the-holiday-season-with-a-boone-adventure/729/ Choose and Cut Your Own Christmas Tree and Stay & Explore Family-Friendly Holiday Festivities Tue, 01 Nov 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/kick-off-the-holiday-season-with-a-boone-adventure/729/ BOONE SUMMER INCLUDES CULTURAL AND MUSICAL EVENTS FOR ALL AGES http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/boone-summer-includes-cultural-and-musical-events-for-all-ages/731/ Spend the summer enjoying music in the mountains Wed, 06 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/boone-summer-includes-cultural-and-musical-events-for-all-ages/731/ North Carolina's Largest Snowsports Resort, Sugar Mountain, Builds New Summit Express Chairlift http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/north-carolina-s-largest-snowsports-resort-sugar-mountain-builds-new-summit-express-chairlift/728/ Sugar Mountain Resort will officially unveil the Summit Express on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Snow, rain or sun the 10:00 am grand opening celebration will be open to the public. Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/north-carolina-s-largest-snowsports-resort-sugar-mountain-builds-new-summit-express-chairlift/728/ Charlottean Wins Grandfather Mountain Winter Weather Contest http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/charlottean-wins-grandfather-mountain-winter-weather-contest/727/ Rudolf Grau of Charlotte has won the 2014-15 Winter Weather Contest at Grandfather Mountain... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/charlottean-wins-grandfather-mountain-winter-weather-contest/727/ Ski and Board Midweek in the Boone Area! http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/ski-and-board-midweek-in-the-boone-area-/723/ Uncrowded skiing and boarding are as easy as taking a few midweek vacation days! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/ski-and-board-midweek-in-the-boone-area-/723/ There's Great Winter Hiking in the NC High Country http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/there-s-great-winter-hiking-in-the-nc-high-country/722/ Boone Area winter hiking can be a short walk through last fall's leaves—or a deep-snow trek on the Appalachian Trail. Serious snow fanatics often find significant snow on the highest peaks. If you want that—or just an atmospheric, easy-to-walk in dusting of the white stuff—check out our Nordic ski report for the latest on natural snow conditions. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/there-s-great-winter-hiking-in-the-nc-high-country/722/ Volunteers are Making the Elk Knob Trail a Reality http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/volunteers-are-making-the-elk-knob-trail-a-reality-/721/ Volunteers are building a trail to the summit of Elk Knob State Park—and you can help finish it during summer 2011. Call the park to volunteer at 828-297-7261. Be among the High Country locals and visitors who are stepping up to ensure the world-class character of outdoor recreation in the Boone Area. Story by Corinne Saunders Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/volunteers-are-making-the-elk-knob-trail-a-reality-/721/ You Can Help Build Boone Area Trails! http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/you-can-help-build-boone-area-trails-/720/ The Boone Area is leading a national trend to volunteer trail building—and you don't have to live here to help! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/you-can-help-build-boone-area-trails-/720/ Roan Mountain in Winter: Nordic Nirvana in the South http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/roan-mountain-in-winter-nordic-nirvana-in-the-south/719/ Roan Mountain is one of Eastern America's most scenic summits and a destination for winter outdoor adventure on Nordic skis or snowshoes. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/roan-mountain-in-winter-nordic-nirvana-in-the-south/719/ About Horn in the West http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/about-horn-in-the-west/711/ Story of the Show: "Horn in the West," the nation's oldest Revolutionary War drama, brings to life the famous frontiersman Daniel Boone and the hardy mountain settlers in their struggle to preserve their freedom during the turbulent years of the War for Independence. The drama highlights those settlers who came to the Blue Ridge Mountains seeking freedom and escape from British tyranny. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/about-horn-in-the-west/711/ Hickory Ridge Living History Museum http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/hickory-ridge-living-history-museum/705/  Overview The Hickory Ridge Living History Museum is located in Daniel Boone Park on Horn in the West Drive in Boone. Staffed with interpreters in period clothing, the 18th century homestead gives visitors a glimpse into the past and a feeling for the daily lives of early mountain settlers including how they lived, and what constituted a 'typical' mountain homestead. Tatum CabinBuilt before 1785, Tatum is the oldest structure at Hickory Ridge. Markings in lower logs indicate it had a split log floor, and therefore was possibly a fort or trading post. It ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/hickory-ridge-living-history-museum/705/ Enjoy Four Miles of Zipping Adventure with Hawksnest http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/enjoy-four-miles-of-zipping-adventure-with-hawksnest/709/ SEVEN DEVILS, N.C. – Twenty zip lines. Four mega zips. Four miles of cable. Two swinging bridges. The numbers add up to one big family adventure at Hawksnest Zipline. Located at a lofty mountain perch in Seven Devils – roughly halfway between Boone and Banner Elk – Hawksnest offers zip line fun 12 months a year, even in the snow. Zipping enthusiasts age five and up enjoy the exhilaration of gliding over valleys with expansive views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as threading through forest canopy. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/enjoy-four-miles-of-zipping-adventure-with-hawksnest/709/ A Place All to Itself: Valle Crucis, NC’s Valley of the Cross http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/a-place-all-to-itself-valle-crucis-nc-s-valley-of-the-cross/717/ VALLE CRUCIS, N.C. – Sometimes in this new millennium it’s nice to come across a place where things move a bit slower; a place where folks still conduct business with a handshake and a smile. The quaint mountain community of Valle Crucis is one such place. Located about five miles west of Boone, Valle Crucis is a rural farming community that received its unusual name in the 1840s when Episcopalian bishop Levi Ives looked down upon the valley and saw gently-flowing streams forming the shape of a cross. He called it Valle Crucis, which is Latin for “Vale of the Cross.” Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/a-place-all-to-itself-valle-crucis-nc-s-valley-of-the-cross/717/ The Blowing Rock: Great Views and More Since 1933 http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/the-blowing-rock-great-views-and-more-since-1933/716/ BLOWING ROCK, N.C. –The Blowing Rock became North Carolina’s first tourist attraction in 1933 and remains a popular spot today for High Country visitors. The rock juts out from a large granite cliff overhanging the Johns River Gorge. It rests at 3,600 feet in elevation and nearly 3,000 feet above the gorge. From this perch and several others on property, travelers take in one of the state’s best panoramic views. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/the-blowing-rock-great-views-and-more-since-1933/716/ Sky Valley Zip Tours Deliver High-Flying Adventure http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/sky-valley-zip-tours-deliver-high-flying-adventure/715/ BLOWING ROCK, N.C. – Sky Valley Zip Tours provides a high-flying adventure across an Appalachian mountainside. And despite its Blowing Rock address, the attraction is located only a few minutes from downtown Boone. The canopy tour operates on a 140-acre site that was formerly Camp Sky Ranch. It involves nine zips, a controlled jump, and a walk across a 120-foot rope bridge. All this takes place in a rugged forest just three miles from Boone Mall. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/sky-valley-zip-tours-deliver-high-flying-adventure/715/ Fish, Kayak, Tube and Bike at River Girl Fishing Co. http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/fish-kayak-tube-and-bike-at-river-girl-fishing-co-/714/ TODD, N.C. - In 2006, Kelly McCoy relocated from Florida to the NC High Country and opened a small fishing shop. Eight years and one pig later, McCoy's little fishing shop - River Girl Fishing Company - has grown into a full-service outfitter. It offers everything from fishing lessons and guide trips to kayaking and inner tubing, as well as eco-tours and mountain biking excursions. And, some are drawn to this outfitter in the former Todd train depot just to see Petunia, a spur-of-the-moment purchase in 2007 that has paid pig dividends. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/fish-kayak-tube-and-bike-at-river-girl-fishing-co-/714/ Boone Greenway Trail: Hidden Oasis in Urban Setting http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/boone-greenway-trail-hidden-oasis-in-urban-setting/708/ BOONE, N.C. – Of all the trails in the Boone area, the easiest one to get to is probably the most overlooked. The Boone Greenway Trail is a snaking trail that covers more than three miles one-way, or six miles roundtrip. The entire trail is located within the Boone town limits, making it an urban oasis for hiking, biking, rollerblading and exploring. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/boone-greenway-trail-hidden-oasis-in-urban-setting/708/ Mast General Store http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/mast-general-store/712/ The Mast Store Story In operation since 1883, the Mast Store has not changed all that much with the times - it still offers the down-home feeling commonly associated with a country general store to both its local regulars and its many visitors from all over the world. Historic District Away from Urban Clutter Valle Crucis became the state's first rural historic district in 1990. Within the district boundaries stand many structures important to the development of Watauga Co. and the North Carolina mountains. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/mast-general-store/712/ Bar None: Beech Mtn Resort Unveils Highest Ski Bar in East http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/bar-none-beech-mtn-resort-unveils-highest-ski-bar-in-east/707/ BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. – In addition to skiing Eastern America’s highest slopes, visitors to Beech Mountain Resort can now enjoy the highest ski bar in the East. This winter marks the debut of “5,506” – a glass roundhouse named for Beech Mountain’s superlative elevation. The facility was built by Umbrella Bars USA of Vermont and offers food and beverage service in heated comfort surrounded by glass panels. Furthermore, “5,506” sits on a new observation deck which is ideal for relaxing with friends and enjoying the view. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/bar-none-beech-mtn-resort-unveils-highest-ski-bar-in-east/707/ Two-Time National Outfitter of Year Celebrates 35 Years http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/two-time-national-outfitter-of-year-celebrates-35-years/718/ BOONE, N.C. – Taking in spectacular scenery is a popular High Country pastime – and not just by driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. The more adventurous visitors know to contact Wahoo’s Adventures, which for 35 years has offered paddling on rivers as an alternative to exploring by highway. New River. Watauga River. Wilson Creek. The Nolichucky. These waterways are true avenues to the beauty of the High Country. And while some bring their own vessel, an outfitter like Wahoo’s offers multiple opportunities for visitors. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/two-time-national-outfitter-of-year-celebrates-35-years/718/ Mystery Hill: Confounding High Country Visitors Since ’49 http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/mystery-hill-confounding-high-country-visitors-since-49/713/ BLOWING ROCK, N.C. - Some call it a gravitational spot. Others say it's a vortex area. Scientists have dubbed it an unexplained energy source. Whatever the terminology, a phenomenon exists on this mountainside between Boone and Blowing Rock. And since 1949, it has both entertained and confounded High Country visitors. Mystery Hill is a sprawling family attraction that includes the Hall of Mystery Museum, Appalachian Heritage Museum, Native American Artifacts Museum, a picnic area, and gift shop.However, the Mystery House and its adjacent Mystery Platform exert the Sun, 30 Jun 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/mystery-hill-confounding-high-country-visitors-since-49/713/ Hickory Ridge Living History Museum http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/hickory-ridge-living-history-museum/710/ Tatum Cabin Built before 1785, Tatum is the oldest structure at Hickory Ridge. Markings in lower logs indicate it had a split log floor, and therefore was possibly a fort or trading post. It was donated in 1958 to SAHA and moved from Todd, NC, to its current site. By 1802, the already decades-old structure was inhabited by James and Amey Tatum and children. Eldest child, Sarah Tatum, married Squire Wilcoxson, the grandson of Daniel Boone’s sister, Sarah. 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