Outdoor Recreation

Year-round activities abound in the High Country- hiking, canoeing or boating, mountain biking, road cycling, ziplining, rock climbing and bouldering - are just a few adventures visitors of all ages can enjoy! Paddling and hiking in the summer are wonderful,as you explore the scenery and enjoy some of the most pleasantly mild weather in the SE United States. Whether you’re camping for a weekend, or just enjoying a quick stroll along a leg-stretching trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway, it is hard to imagine a better way to experience this glorious mountain region than immersing yourself in outdoor activities. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture quick pictures of wildlife along the trail and expansive vistas from the mountaintops.

  • Outdoor Recreation

    • FreezeGrandfather 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 weeks of unique hiking opportunities.  Hiking is especially unique during the winter months.  Here are our top reasons why:AMAZING VIEWS-

    • hawkcover Fall Hawk Migration Viewing Sites- NC High Country

      The NC High Country is a popular viewing area for hawk migrations due to the rocky outcroppings and mountain ridgelines that provide optimal wind currents for the hawks to ride as they head south for the winter.The migration for the broad-winged hawks takes place around the middle of September, with smaller hawks migrating into October.Here is a list of the

    • Parkway-high-red-bike-blur High Country Motorcycle Routes

      With winding mountain roads, spectacular views, cool temperatures and reasonable speed limits, High Country motorcycle rides cannot be topped!  Here is a list of some routes through the High Country and along the Blue Ridge Parkway: US 221: BOONE, NC – INDEPENDENCE, VA 55 MILES SPEED LIMIT: 35-55 MPHSCENERY: US 221 provides views of lush farmlands as you roll in

    • camping 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 camping in the High Country, keep in mind the weather can change drastically in the mountains.  Temperatures can drop 40

    • thumb_grandfather_hiking_hm Best Rock Climbing Locations in the High Country

      There are a number of great rock climbing and bouldering sites through out the High Country. Here is a list of some of our top climbing destinations with directions.Holloway MountainSince it is used as a rock climbing teaching facility by Appalachian State University, Holloway Mountain is a great place for beginners. This site has a lot of short climbing routes


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