Updated May 10, 2022
Watauga County and the town of Boone have lifted their respective mask mandates as of March 7, 2022. Some businesses in the area may still require masks for customers and staff. Face coverings are required in some public spaces, including the health department, on public transportation, and at the jail.
Read the Town of Boone's latest Press Release
Appalachian State University has lifted its face-covering requirements as of March 7, 2022. Unvaccinated individuals are still highly encouraged to wear masks indoors. Learn more here: App State COVID-19 Updates
"If you leave home, know you Ws! Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth. Wait 6 feet apart. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer."
To learn about NC's Current Health & Safety Restrictions: Visit the Current Restrictions page on NC.gov
Read more about the COVID-19 Data in the region at the Appalachian Regional Healthcare Dashboard
The Parkway Craft Center at Moses Cone Memorial Park reopens on April 15 (Wednesday - Sunday). The park and hiking trails remain open.
Price Lake Boat Rentals is open. Price Lake Campground opens on May 27.
Linville Falls Visitor Center will reopen on April 29. See more updates on Blue Ridge Parkway Facilities here.
Howard's Knob Park - Open from May 1st - to October 20th. Hours are 8:30 am - 7:30 pm daily.
Hickory Ridge Museum - Open for the season, Tuesday - Saturday.
Boone Golf Club - Public golf course is open for the season.
Hawksnest Zipline - Open for ziplining, reservations required.
Sky Valley Zip Tours - Open for ziplining on select days. Make reservations online.
High Gravity Adventures - The adventure park and ziplines are open on select days. Reservations are strongly recommended.
The Turchin Center - The gallery is open to the public. See the website for hours.
The Jones House - Downstairs gallery and restrooms open.
Mystery Hill - Open daily.
Blowing Rock Art and History Museum - Open to the public with free admission, Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm.
Apple Hill Farm - Open for tours by reservation only. 4WD Vehicles are recommended in winter.
The Blowing Rock - Open daily, weather permitting.
The Children's Playhouse - Open to the public, reservations required.
Remember to Leave No Trace when recreating outdoors by planning ahead, keeping on designated trails, respecting wildlife, packing out any trash, practicing fire safety, and being respectful of others by social distancing. Click here to learn more about the 7 Leave No Trace Principles.
Horn in the West Outdoor Drama - 2022 will run July 1 - August 13, 2022.
Hawksnest Snowtubing - Closed for the season.
Appalachian Ski Mountain - Closed for the season.
Beech Mountain - Closed for the winter season. Opening for the Summer Season on, May 28th.
Sugar Mountain - Closed for the winter season. Summer lift rides and mountain bike park open on May 27th.