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 the chemical isoprene, which is naturally emitted by local tree species. 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 bright 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.
Keep to designated trails, camp at existing or designated sites, practice waterfall safety, and always follow posted signage. Be cautious, and always stay within your party's skill level.
Pack it in, pack it out. Place any and all waste in a garbage bag to take home. Don't forget pet & human waste!
Instead of handling them, take pictures of flowers and insects. Don’t stack river rocks to be sure to protect salamanders and other creatures' habitats.
Observe all wildlife from a safe distance. Store food securely and never feed a wild animal.