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Top 10 (different) summer activities with kids in the NC High Country

Top 10 (different) kid activities in the NC High Country If you have visited the NC High Country towns of Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Beech Mountain and West Jefferson with your family, you know that one visit is not

New Heritage Trails in the High Country Region

New Heritage Trails in the High Country Region  Two cultural heritage trails developed by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area will give your visit to the High Country of Western North Carolina new meaning.  Here is a list of sites

Kid Friendly Rainy Day Activities

BOONE & BLOWING ROCK AREA Movies & Bowling: Visit the Boone Bowling Center which is a beautiful family owned and operated 16 lane center established in 1982, or the Regal Boone Cinema 7 which showcases a variety of new movies in 7 deluxe

NC High Country Rainy Day Activities

NC High Country Rainy Day Activities: Expecting snow or sunshine but the rainy weather got you down? We’ve got you covered! There are plenty of activities to fill your time so that none of it goes to waste. BOONE &

A Crossnore NC Day Trip

Located less than a half hour’s drive from Banner Elk, North Carolina, not only is Crossnore home to the school founded by Dr. Mary Martin Sloop in 1913 to help educate impoverished children, but also boasts a community filled with

Trout in Western North Carolina

The High Country is a well know fly-fishing area in the United States.  With many headwaters starting in Avery County, the cool waters provide the perfect home for trout and the mountains provide the perfect atmosphere for a day of

Showy Blooms of the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is home to many unique species of flowers and shrubs that can not be found in many other locations around the world! From Catawba Rhododendron to Fire Pink flowers, there are many natural beauties to see

NC Mountains Camping

Camping in the North Carolina Mountains is one of the most popular activities along the Blue Ridge Parkway!  The cool summer temperatures and easy access to other outdoor activities make the High Country Region your best stop for camping.  When

Rare azaleas in bloom on Grandfather Mountain

The stunning and rare pink-shell azalea is now in bloom on Grandfather Mountain, offering visitors unparalleled access to the shrub native to only a few western North Carolina counties. The delicate pink blossoms typically appear in late April or early

Critter Crawl 5K registration opens March 3

Registration opens March 3 for Grandfather Mountain’s third annual Critter Crawl, a challenging 5K race set for June 7.   The race begins in MacRae Meadows and gains more than 900 feet in elevation as it climbs Grandfather Mountain, winds

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