Boone NC Scenic Drives

Boone NC Scenic Drives

A trip to the High Country area of the Blue Ridge Mountains in NC is never complete without enjoying a leisurely drive through our scenic backroads.  Whether by car or motorcycle, the meandering two lane roads of these Boone NC scenic drives lead you through valleys, along rivers, and up mountains.  The Blue Ridge Parkway features scenic overlooks along the way, plus access to hiking trails and picnic areas.  Be sure to allow extra time for stops along the way while exploring our mountain back roads for stops at area general stores, local diners, and just to take in the natural beauty of the NC Blue Ridge mountains.

Boone to Todd & West Jefferson, NC

From Boone, NC turn at New Market Center onto NC-194.  Follow that to a left on US HWY 221, and finally take another left onto Jefferson Avenue to lead you into downtown West Jefferson.  Along the way of the scenic drive, the backroads will take you along the old railroad path.  Enjoy the sites of the New River along the way – believed by many to be the second oldest river in the world. When you come to Todd, be sure to allow time for a stop at the historic Todd General Store, or for some river fun, be sure to visit our friends at River Girl Fishing Co., where you gear up for fishing, or rent canoes, kayaks or river tubes for an afternoon floating down the New River.  As you end up in West Jefferson, there are shops and cafes to enjoy, or plan on visiting Ashe County Cheese and see how cheese is made.

Sugar Grove to Beech Mountain, NC

From Boone, NC head towards Tennessee on Hwy 421/321, then turn left to follow Hwy 321 when they split.  Continue to a left turn onto Buckeye Road, then make a right onto Pinnacle Ridge Road.  This scenic drive through area backroads takes you through the valley of Sugar Grove and ends atop Beech Mountain, “the highest town on the East Coast.”   In Sugar Grove, 321 follows Cove Creek for part of the drive, later crossing the Watauga River, then Beech Creek just before the turn onto Buckeye Road.  When you get to the top of Beech Mountain, you will want to stop in at Fred’s General Mercantile, a favorite for over 38 years, and perhaps grab a bite at Fred’s Backside Deli.

Blowing Rock to Crossnore, NC

From Blowing Rock, NC follow Yonahlossee Road/Blowing Rock Hwy 221 to the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Head South on the Blue Ridge Parkway, exiting at NC-181/Jonas Ridge Highway.  Turn onto Linville Falls Hwy/US 221/NC-194 and follow into Crossnore.  This scenic backroad drive brings you past some amazing long range views from the Blue Ridge Parkway, with overlooks to pull over and enjoy the amazing vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains in NC.  Once you reach Crossnore, be sure to save time to visit the Ben Long Fresco and Crossnore Weaving Room, both part of the Crossnore School.

Valle Crucis to Banner Elk, NC

From Boone or Banner Elk, NC, follow Hwy 105 to the turn onto Broadstone Road.  Follow until you turn left onto Hwy 194.  This brings you into downtown Banner Elk – turn left at the traffic light (their only one!) to explore.  This scenic drive brings you from the heart of Valle Crucis as it twists and turns along the shaded two lane.  Used by cyclists and the Tour du Pont, this is a true mountain backroad, weaving up to Banner Elk.  Along the way, you will see cows and horses, plus several barn quilts.  Once arriving in downtown Banner Elk, there are several shops and restaurants to enjoy, or just spend some time at the Banner Elk Park.

For more ideas to explore our Boone NC scenic drives and backroads surrounding the Boone NC area and High Country, be sure to visit the following:

High Country Scenic Drives

Back Road Scenic Drives

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway winds through the Boone NC area, and includes the world-famous Linn Cove Viaduct bridge.  Often used for television commercials, our area of the Blue Ridge Parkway is especially scenic, and offers overlooks, hiking trails, picnic areas, Price Lake and Cone Manor, just to name a few.  Some favorites on the High Country section of the Blue Ridge Parkway include Crabtree Falls, the Linville Falls and The Cascades; any portion is a great choice for stunning nature photography, and a picnic after exploring one of the many trails is a great way to relax.

For more information on exploring the Boone NC area of the Blue Ridge Parkway, be sure to check out the following links:


520 Church Road, Boone, NC 28607