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

    • 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

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

      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® Halloween Festival. StartingSeptember 26, 2014 and continuing every Friday and Saturday night through November 1,guests will enjoy a frightfully spooky

    • Grandfather Mountain Visit the Top 10 High Elevations in the High Country

      As our namesake implies, when you visit the High Country, you are never far from a high elevation with a great vista. Many of the highest points are surprisingly easy to access by car or by path.Mount Mitchell (6,684 ft)Part of the Black Mountains, Mount Mitchell’s summit is the highest point east of the Mississippi river. A 300 yard paved


      When visiting the High Country with children, you will want to take advantage of the great outdoors (weather permitting). Our cool climates in the summer and fresh air make the national, state and local parks in the High Country ideal locations for a day of fun!  Here is a list of parks that have child friendly activities: BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY·        

    • 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


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