Boone NC Activities
The High Country of North Carolina is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and home to exciting activities and natural wonders the entire family can enjoy. Winter features four area resorts for snow skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and snow tubing. Spring offers colorful blooms of native rhododendron, amazing trout fishing, and the seasonal opening of Tweetsie Railroad. Summer escapes offer cool mountain breezes for those who visit to enjoy our area summer festivals, outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, river rafting and tubing, kayaking and more. And Autumn brings spectacular fall color as the leaves change, an inspiring time to enjoy a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, or take it all in while having fun at the annual Woolly Worm Festival, Valle Country Fair or cheering on our Appalachian State University Mountaineers football team. Any season is a great time to enjoy the limitless Boone NC activities.
Historic downtown Boone NC offers a glimpse into the past, with many original buildings along King Street. Local shops and galleries feature unique works of local artisans, farm to table dining, award winning microbreweries, as well as parades and live music, including Concerts on the Lawn at the Jones House. Appalachian State University hosts many events throughout the year, including concerts, art shows and theatrical performances. An Appalachian Summer Festival is a big hit each July, and Mountaineers football is a big draw each fall (don’t forget that epic Sports Illustrated cover!). The Holmes Convocation Center is home to our new local indoor football team The High Country Grizzlies, as well as additional college sports and performances.
For those who have more shopping in mind, a few miles away is Blowing Rock NC, with their quaint downtown area offering more unique shops, antiques, dining, and in the midst of it all, the Broyhill Park – host to Art In The Park each year as well as the popular Blowing Rock Trout Derby and SAVOR Food & Wine Festival. Nearby Shoppes on the Parkway is a popular Tanger Outlet Mall, winter guests enjoy the family atmosphere and two terrific terrain parks at Appalachian Ski Mountain, or hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway to visit Cone Manor or rent a kayak or canoe and explore Price Lake.
Continue towards Linville and cross the engineering marvel the Linn Cove Viaduct Bridge as you near Grandfather Mountain. From here, head down into nearby Banner Elk NC, home of Lees McRae College and their renowned cycling team. The old elementary school hosts several art shows as well as the famous Woolly Worm Festival each October.
Sugar Mountain is a great resort to visit any time of year, of course for their slopes each ski season, where visitors enjoy downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and ice skating, but with additional offerings during warmer months. Scenic lift rides are a great way to take in the views on Summer and Autumn days, or load your mountain bike on their specially equipped chairs and enjoy their series of mountain bike trails down the mountain. Their Oktoberfest each Autumn is unique to the High Country, and their municipal golf course is not to be missed – you haven’t played golf in the mountains until you have enjoyed this course.
Beech Mountain is also a year-round resort, with fantastic snow skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and ice skating. Any time of year, visitors enjoy the new Sky Bar, be it for a break from the slopes or a morning yoga class in summer. Also offering scenic chair lift rides interspersed with mountain bikes, the Beech Mountain trail system is first class. And don’t forget the Beech Mountain Kite Festival each September, and their free Beech Mountain municipal sledding hill each winter.
As you head back toward Valle Crucis and Boone, why not stop at one of our local NC wineries – Grandfather Vineyard or Banner Elk Winery. Then take 194 back into Valle Crucis. This NC scenic byway is also popular for cyclists that visit our area for training, and was popular with Lance Armstrong and part of the Tour du Pont cycling race. This curvy, meandering back road is a pleasant route that brings you out in the heart of Valle Crucis. No visit to the High Country of North Carolina would be complete without a visit to the historic Mast General Store, featured in several well-known films over the years. Weekends often find a local bluegrass band playing on the back porch, or on winter days find them inside next to the giant pot-belly woodstove.
Across the street, grab a bite at Over Yonder in the old white farmhouse, or head just down the street to the Mast Store Annex and Candy Barrel, popular with the entire family. On summer days, visitors enjoy an ice cream cone beside the creek, or head just behind the parking lot to the Valle Crucis Community Park. This privately funded park is a great escape for the entire family, with paved trails for walking, biking or running, picnic pavilions and grills, fields, playground, restrooms, and best of all, the Watauga River runs along one entire side of the park. There are several spots to access the river, which kids enjoy wading and river tubing, and anglers of all ages are anxious to cast a line for some of our local trout. And on Friday evenings between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, be sure to enjoy the Music in the Valle concert series.
Need more specifics on what to do while visiting the Boone NC area for your next Blue Ridge Mountain vacation, or which of our mountain rentals are closest to your favorite spot in the High Country? Just give us a call at 888.468.5457 and our friendly staff is ready to help you plan your next mountain getaway, in any of our Boone NC rentals, Blowing Rock vacation homes, Banner Elk luxury rentals, or ski rentals on Sugar Mountain. For even more vacation ideas and Boone NC activities, be sure to check out our Events Calendar by clicking here.