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HIGH COUNTRY SCENIC DRIVES

BACK ROADS REVEAL SPECTACULAR SCENERY IN BOONE AREA

HIGH COUNTRY BACK ROAD GUIDES

Two routes, the Southern loop and the Northern Loop, offer different, but equally beautiful, ways to take in the hidden scenery of the Boone area by taking travelers through Avery, Ashe, and Watauga Counties.These routes may be driven separately or connected by passing through Todd, N.C on the beautiful, 26 mile long, NC-194 "Scenic Byway".  

Todd Mercantile
Todd Mercantile Todd Mercantile in Todd, NCmore
   

The Southern Loop, from Banner Elk and Blowing Rock, is 50 miles long and takes about two hours to drive. 

The Northern Loop, from West Jefferson through Warrensville, Lansing and Helton, is 34 miles and takes about 1 hour to drive.

Estimates on driving times don't include stops (and you'll want to make many!).

Route guides include details about major landmarks and turning points encountered for each drive. 

Download Printable Route Guides (PDF Format): 

Northern Loop Outline (2 Pages) | Full Route Guide

Southern Loop Outline (3 Pages) | Full Route Guide

High Country back roads maps show the Northern and Southern Loops and are complete with numbered routes, making it easy to coordinate your travel with the audio and text route guides.  

 

West Jefferson
West Jefferson - Ashe County, NC Click link for Northern Loop Map - Ashe County more

 

 

 

 

Downtown Boone
King Street- Boone, NC Click the link below to explore the Southern Loop Map - Watauga and Avery Counties.more
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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