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

    • 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

    • photo_1982_20060928 NC Mountain Game Lands

      There is a lot of great hunting among the NC mountain game lands in the High Country across some of the most breathtaking mountains. Buy a hunting license online now! You can also buy a hunting license at these locations in the following counties:Alleghany – S & L Outdoor Sports Supply 38 S Main St  Sparta, NC 28675Ashe – Walmart

    • 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

    • 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 &

    • 100_0212 NC Choose & Cut Tree Farm FAQ

      If this is your first time planning a visit to a Choose & Cut Christmas Tree Farm, congratulations! Choosing your family’s tree is a memorable experience and the quality of tree you will receive cannot be surpassed. Here is a list of frequently asked questions and answers about North Carolina High Country Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farm visits:Will I


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