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 HIGH COUNTRY'S ATTRACTIONS ANCHOR ITS APPEAL AS A VACATION DESTINATION 

NATIONALLY KNOWN ATTRACTIONS IN THE BOONE AREA

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY 

The most popular unit of the National Park system is one of America's great road trips. The High Country portion of the high road-where the Parkway was started and completed-is arguably the scenic apex of the experience. Check out our Ultimate Parkway Guide. Open year-round, but can be closed by snow.

GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN

The world's only privately owned International Biosphere Reserve is non-profit preservation at its loftiest. A spectacular drive takes visitors to the wheelchair-accessible Mile-High Swinging Bridge, thousands of feet above the Carolina Piedmont. A world-class nature museum, interpretive programs, and Environmental Habitats for deer, bears, cougars, and otters offer outdoor education and entertainment. There's a brand-new, state-of-the-art eagle aviary for 2013. Awesome trails lead to high adventure in adjacent Grandfather Mountain State Park. Open all year.

HORN IN THE WEST

This renowned outdoor drama in Boone tells the tale of Daniel Boone's adventures in the High Country and the little known, pivotal role local pioneers played in winning the American Revolution at the Battle of Kings Mountain. Horn in the West is one of the nation's most historic outdoor dramas. Don't miss adjoining attractions. Hickory Ridge Living History Museum is a wonderfully interpreted classic collection of 18th and 19th century log cabins. The Daniel Boone Native Gardens showcases the High Country's world-class biodiversity. If you're searching for history in the High Country don't miss our History Travels and Tours feature.

LINVILLE CAVERNS

The Boone Area boasts awesome views-but some of those vistas are inside a mountain! The stalactites and stalagmites of the only publicly accessible cavern in North Carolina are partially handicapped accessible. Open year-round.

MAST GENERAL STORE

Charles Kuralt considered the sagging, scenic 1882 Mast General Store in Valle Crucis a true destination among the nation's general stores. You'll agree. The historical atmosphere is unforgettable, and so is the shopping. This rural emporium that once carried "everything from cradles to caskets" is a trove of Americana and unusual merchandise. There's a branch of Mast in downtown Boone. Open year-round.

MYSTERY HILL 

This High Country family favorite amusingly defies the forces of gravity and physics. Mystery Hill's Appalachian Heritage Museum is an historic 1898 home featuring authentic insight into 19th century life in the mountains. Open year-round.

SKI RESORTS OF THE HIGH COUNTRY 

The Mid-Atlantic and South's greatest concentration of ski resorts and snow tubing facilities brings national quality skiing and winter fun to the Boone Area. But don't let summer stop you! These are the East's highest ski areas. Slopeside lodging offers great views of grassy, wildflower-strewn meadows where mountain bikinghikingtennis and golf are part of the fun. Generally open from Thanksgiving to late March.

STATE PARKS OF THE HIGH COUNTRY 

High Country state parks represent a nationally significant spectrum of superb outdoor recreation and priceless preservation. Many feature programs, special music events, outdoor venues for family reunions and gatherings, even business retreats. Hike to the top of Grandfather Mountain or Elk Knob. Paddle, tube, or cast a line at New River (home to a nationally significant multi-day canoe camping experience). Drive to the top of Mount Jefferson for awesome views. Open all year.

THE BLOWING ROCK

A colorful legend attributed to Native Americans cites the odd updrafts on this spectacular crag that led "Ripley's Believe It or Not" to proclaim it "the only place in the world where snow falls upside down." The Blowing Rock's dramatic views from this cliffside perch, open since 1933 as "North Carolina's oldest travel attraction." Open year-round.

THE BOONE AREA WINE TRAIL

Our trail to the East's loftiest vineyards will elevate your appreciation of fine wine - and great scenery. Take this spectacular loop of the High Country for three sophisticated viticultural experiences on a visit to the Grandfather Vineyard & Winery in Foscoe, the Banner Elk Winery in Banner Elk, and Linville Falls Winery in Linville Falls Community.

TWEETSIE RAILROAD

The Boone Area's premier family fun park features a Western-themed ride on an authentic steam train-actually the Boone Area's first high-tech link to the outside world from the late 1800s to 1940 (Engine # 12 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places). Now the shrill-whistled train nicknamed "Tweetsie" by early residents crosses a trestle, circles a mountain, and encounters robbers and Indians on the way back to a diverse assortment of rides and entertaining options. Great events include a Thomas the Tank Engine visit and October's Ghost Train. Open spring to fall.

ZIP-LINE ADVENTURES

Zip-line thrills are fun for all ages - and the Boone Area has two outstanding venues for zip-line adventure. You'll soar above-it-all, including trees and meadows, at Hawksnest ZiplineHigh Gravity Adventures, and Sky Valley Zip Tours. Hawksnest is open year-round and is located in the town of Seven Devils, a short 15 minute drive from Boone.  High Gravity Adventures is open daily all summer (weekends in spring and fall), includes Kids' Foothills Course, and is located just off Hwy. 321, next to Tweetsie. Sky Valley is open April through October, includes Night Zip, as well as Whistle Pig Adventure Park for kids, and is about a 5 minute drive from the Boone Mall.

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Blowing Rock

The NC High Country’s 1st Ski Area. Skiing since 1962. 2 Quad Chairlifts, 1 Double Chairlift, 1 Conveyor Lift, 1 Handle Pull .. more

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Banner Elk

To make your next visit to the heart of the High Country truly memorable, choose the Blueberry Villa and Banner Elk Winery. .. more

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Beech Mountain

Ski Beech is the highest ski area in the east at 5,506-foot peak elevation. With 15 slopes, seven chair lifts, two surface lifts, .. more

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Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most popular units of the National Park .. more

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Boone

Elk Knob State Park is one of the newest additions to the North Carolina State Parks System. Currently, it is in an interim .. more

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Linville

Be inspired by the views from the highest point in the Blue Ridge and escape to a nature sanctuary of global importance. Cross .. more

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Banner Elk

Over 36 years of marriage, Steve & Sally Tatum have built two businesses and a family, which today are completely intertwined, .. more

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Seven Devils

Welcome to Hawksnest Tubing Park, the largest snow tubing park on the East Coast! Enjoy our 20 Lane Snow Tubing Park with four .. more

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Seven Devils

Hawksnest currently has 20 ziplines including 4 mega zips, 2 over 2000 feet long and 2 over 1500 feet long. With 4 miles of .. more

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Boone

Hickory Ridge Living History Museum is located in the heart of Boone, NC, on the grounds of Horn in the West, the nation's .. more

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Blowing Rock

Aerial Adventure Park for ages 4 and up: Pick your challenge with 3 high and low climbing courses for all different ages and .. more

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Boone

Loved by young and old, "Horn in the West" is a legacy outdoor drama performed in the heart of Boone, North Carolina, in one of .. more

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Linville

See inside a mountain...NC's only show cave. Half-hour guided tours into a natural limestone cavern featuring stalactite and .. more

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Valle Crucis

Nestled in a secluded mountain valley, you'll discover a place Charles Kuralt calls"...a destination." Mast General Store in .. more

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Downtown

Today, the Mast General Store both embodies and embraces a way of doing business that is becoming more difficult to find in our .. more

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Blowing Rock

It's a fascinating exploration of science, optical illusion and natural phenomena. Tour includes the Mystery House where visitors .. more

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Boone

Take a 3-hour daytime zip line tour or 1.5-hour Night Flight tour. Kids ages 4 & up can zip at Whistle Pig Adventure Park, .. more

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Banner Elk

NC's largest ski/snowboard area with 20 slopes from beginner to expert including a terrain park, 8 lifts, and access tubing park. .. more

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Blowing Rock

North Carolina's oldest travel attraction since 1933. Short scenic walk includes views of Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock, and .. more

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Blowing Rock

Wild West family theme park featuring a three-mile, steam-powered train ride through the North Carolina mountains. Shopping, live .. more

 

 

Featured Events

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
Sep 05

Blue Bear Music Festival

9/5/19 – 9/7/19
The Blue Bear Music Festival takes place on 155 acres just outside of Boone. The event is rain or shine and features… more
Sep 20

Ghost Train

9/20/19 – 10/26/19
Visit all the frightfully entertaining Halloween attractions, and take a chilling journey through the night on the… more
Oct 12

Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain Resort

10/12/19 – 10/13/19
We’ve got lots of reasons for you to grab your beer stein, put on your lederhosen or your dirndl, bring your… more
Oct 12

Todd New River Fall Festival

10/12/19
Todd New River Festival in will take place once again on the banks of the New River at Cook Memorial Park in Todd North… more
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