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.

 
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    • 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

    • photo_1982_20060928 Top Hiking Trails

      The high country is home to some of the most majestic views in the country. This is a list of the top hiking trails located in western North Carolina. There are beautiful waterfalls, gorges, and panoramic views along these trails. Whether you are looking for an easy afternoon hike as a family or looking for a little more adventure the

    • hike Flat Rock Trail

      If you’re looking for a trail in the High Country area requiring only a moderate effort but offering a reward of a top-notch view, the Flat Rock Trail is for you.  A fairly easy slightly uphill walk of less than 20 minutes leads you to what is sort of a big flat rock at the top of the hill.  In

    • 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

    • Fishing Public Fishing Locations

      There are many great public fishing locations in the High Country whether you are looking for fly-fishing spots, pier locations, or boat access. We have a large variety of fish ranging from Rainbow Trout to Largemouth Bass. Buy a fishing license online now! You can also buy a fishing license at these locations in the following counties:Alleghany – S &

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