Local Communities

Watauga County, and other neighboring counties and communities across the North Carolina High Country, is not only comprised of a diverse physical landscape but the communities and people who live in them represent an even greater element of diversity.

Community pride and loyalty to family traditions like Christmas Tree Farming runs deep in certain areas while part-time seasonal residents help form the character of other communities.

First-time visitors and returning folks alike will always find events and major attractions in the area from the exciting peaks of Grandfather Mountain to the bustling valley of Boone and Appalachian State University.

We invite you to take the time to get to know each of our local communities throughout Watauga County and beyond with their own unique qualities and characteristics.

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina, Appalachian... Learn More

Banner Elk is one of the loftiest towns in the mountainous High Country... Learn More

Beech is located "in the South," but it's nationally significant... Learn More

Blowing Rock has been a famous travel destination since the late 1800s when... Learn More

What a difference a few years makes. Northerner Margaret Morley visited in 1913... Learn More

The Greater Foscoe Mining Company makes Foscoe "a treasure of a little... Learn More

The town that once roared with logging trains going in and out now has a quiet,... Learn More

Pronounced valley crew'sis, this peaceful, rural community was first settled... Learn More