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Top 5 Winter Hikes in the NC High Country

Top 5 Winter Hikes in the NC High Country: The winter can be a great time to hike in the NC Mountains.  The lack of humidity in the air and leaves on the trees can create endless crystal clear views. 

Public Golf Courses near Boone, NC

Boone Golf Club Designed in 1959 by Ellis Maples, architect of some of the South’s finest courses, Boone Golf Club is portrayed to be one of the top rated public courses in the area. Open April-November. The course layout has

Top 10 NC High Country Winter Outdoor Activities

Top 10 NC High Country Winter Outdoor Activities Don’t ski or snowboard? Feeling trapped inside with nothing to do during the winter?  Have no fear, the NC High Country is here!  Here is our Top 10 winter outdoor activities that

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

Chills & Thrills Await at Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train Halloween Festival

Tweetsie Ghost Train Blowing Rock September 25-October 31

Blowing Rock, N.C. (September 9, 2014) – When the eerie sound from the whistle of a steamlocomotive pierces the peaceful quiet of an autumn High Country night, it can only mean onething: it’s time for Tweetsie Railroad’s annual Ghost Train®

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

Emerald Village Gem Mine offers Open Digs

Going through gem buckets at the Gemstone Mine at Emerald Village has pleased thousands of visitors over the years. For those looking for more of an authentic experience we have now opened our mine dumps to collectors who want to

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

5 Reasons to Hike in Winter

Hiking in the North Carolina High Country is a popular activity that the area is known for.  The trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Grandfather Mountain State Park International Biosphere, and other spectacular North Carolina State Parks can provide

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