HCVH Visitor Guide

High Country Vacation Homes Area Activities
Photo courtesy of Watauga County TDA

Welcome to the High Country of North Carolina! Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, our area offers several small towns to explore, amazing natural wonders, family adventures and unique arts, crafts and galleries. Sports fans enjoy our local college teams from Appalachian State University and Lees McRae College, and don’t forget our new indoor football team The High Country Grizzlies! Our four area resorts offer skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and ice skating in winter, plus ziplines, scenic lift rides and mountain bike trails in summer. Enjoy our renowned trout fishing, kayaking and river tubing, and endless mountain hiking trails. From the Blue Ridge Parkway and Grandfather Mountain, to Tweetsie Railroad and the Woolly Worm Festival, to local summer concerts and art shows, our area truly offers something for each member of the family to enjoy on your mountain vacation any time of year.

Local towns include Boone, home to the Appalachian State Mountaineers and a historic downtown area with wonderful local restaurants and microbreweries, shops, music venues and more. Blowing Rock offers more unique shopping and a popular park right in the heart of downtown, plus the Tanger Outlet Mall. Banner Elk, home of Lees McRae College, hosts the annual Woolly Worm Festival plus is home to Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain. Between Boone and Banner Elk lies Seven Devils, featuring Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline plus the popular Otter Falls. And Valle Crucis is always a favorite spot, with the original, historic Mast General Store, the Valle Crucis Community Park, and host each Autumn to the Valle Country Fair. Or head over to Todd, on the other side of Boone, for some kayaking, river tubing, and cycling along the Railroad Grade Road. Our NC Mountain Vacation Rentals are scattered throughout the area, so choose your favorite knowing nothing will be too far away!

Throughout the year, guests enjoy our High Country festivals, with music, the arts, and family activities galore. Autumn colors with our fall foliage is hard to beat here in the North Carolina Mountains, with the Blue Ridge Parkway weaving through our area – be sure to leave time for the world-renowned Linville Viaduct Bridge. Our scenic byways are a great way to spend a lazy afternoon exploring by car, motorcycle or bike. Lifelong memories await you here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and our quality vacation and cabin rentals are ready to accommodate you with comfort, relaxation, and family fun.

After a day exploring all of our area attractions and events, be sure to leave time for the amenities in your vacation rental, everything from gamerooms offering pool tables, ping pong, video games and juke boxes, to large hot tubs, outdoor fire pits, river access, inspiring mountain views, and more. Need help deciding on a location or home? Just give our office a call at (888)468-5457 and our friendly, local staff is happy to help!

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Boone NC Area Events

NC Mountain Golf

High Country NC Ski Resorts

Boone NC Area Hiking

Bike & Cycle
the High Country

Get Wet – Raft, Tube,
Kayak, Swim

Explore Boone NC Activities

Drive Our Scenic Backroads

Sip in Boone Area
Wineries & Breweries

Eat in Our Local Boone
Area Restaurants

Shop Boone, Blowing Rock & Banner Elk Galleries, Outlets & Shops

Appalachian State University
& Lees McRae College

520 Church Road, Boone, NC 28607