Boone Sustainability

Make it Your Nature to protect the NC mountains 

The Boone area's natural, awe-inspiring beauty has moved countless explorers, artists, musicians, scientists, and others throughout its history. The gently rolling mountains are tinted all shades of blue by a chemical called isoprene, which is naturally released by local species of trees into the atmosphere. In fact, the area is home to many rare endemic species of flora and fauna, without which these mountains just wouldn't be the same. Experience the magic of discovering a rare colorful salamander near a clean mountain stream. Spend a day taking in the pleasant scent of spring wildflowers or watching fluffy snowflakes fall from above. Let the brightness of the Milky Way take your breath away along the Blue Ridge Parkway, where light pollution is minimal at night. While you fall in love with awe-inspiring Boone, you'll find plenty of reasons to preserve it. 

Follow the 7 Outdoor NC principles listed below to be sure you're helping to #PreserveTheAwe in our area, and wherever else you may be exploring, for generations to come. Check out the Outdoor NC Website for more ways to #MakeItYourNature

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • Take time to learn about the attraction before you make a trip

  • Choose less popular sites, visit during a weekday when trails are less populated, or be strategic with your timing (try a sunrise or sunset visit!)

  • Pack enough food, water, and extra layers for the weather

2. Stick to Trails and Overnight Right

  • Stay on designated trails or durable surfaces and only camp at designated sites

  • Be cautious and stay within your party's skill level

3. ​ Trash Your Trash

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Bring a garbage bag for any waste

  • Don't forget to pack out pet waste and human waste (if camping) properly

4. Leave it as you Find It

  • Take a picture of blooming flowers, insects, and pinecones instead of handling them

  • Leave rocks as you find them to protect salamander habitat and other creatures

5. Be Careful with Fire

  • If you plan to build a fire check local regulations and secure a permit if necessary

  • Gather wood locally - burning wood from other areas can introduce disease or pests

  • Burn wood completely to ash & check that it is cold before leaving

6. Keep Wildlife Wild

  • Observe all wildlife from a safe distance & never feed a wild animal

  • Store food securely

7. Be Considerate of others and Share the Outdoors

  • Be respectful of others' skill levels and how they enjoy the outdoors - all are welcome in our public areas

  • Be mindful of noise levels

  • Hikers traveling downhill should yield to those traveling uphill

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Read our interview with Boone's own Ray Russell, founder of Ray's Weather, on the Outdoor NC website for more tips on how to Preserve the Awe in the area.

Interested in volunteering your time to give back to the Boone area during your vacation? Check out our Voluntourism Page for opportunities with local organizations. 

Local NC Green Travel Awards

 

The following Boone area businesses have received state recognition for their exceptional stewardship of the environment. These businesses have been evaluated by NCDEQ sustainability specialists, earning points towards recognition for implementing recycling programs, increasing energy efficiency, and much more. Depending on the sustainable practices employed at the business, it may be awarded up to three dogwood blossoms - the state flower of North Carolina. 

Lodging

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Dining

A four petal flower with two green leaves and a green center. Casa Rustica 

A four petal flower with two green leaves and a green center.A four petal flower with two green leaves and a green center.  Makoto's Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar 

A four petal flower with two green leaves and a green center.  Pepper's Restaurant & Bar 

 

Attractions

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Parks

A four petal flower with two green leaves and a green center.A four petal flower with two green leaves and a green center.  Elk Knob State Park 

A four petal flower with two green leaves and a green center.  Grandfather Mountain State Park 

 

Breweries

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