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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    • 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

    • goldfinch High Country Bird Watching Locations

      Spring in the High Country is the perfect season to view the migration of birds returning after winter.   With so many undeveloped areas in the mountains of North Carolina, it is easy to find birds anywhere.  The High Country is home to over 160 species of birds with over 250 species stopping by on their migratory routes.  Many rare

    • crabtree_falls1 Crabtree Falls

      A scenic hour-and-20-minute drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway from the Boone/Blowing Rock area will provide High Country visitors with a scenic hike to Crabtree Falls.  The journey south to the 340-mile mark provides several bonuses as the rider crosses the Viaduct at the 304-mile mark, passes the Linville Falls area and Little Switzerland, and then goes through a couple

    • Grandfather Mountain State Park Activities June 2013

      Grandfather Mountain State Park is the newest North Carolina State park.  Created in 2008, the state park service acquired the 2,456 acres along the crest of Grandfather Mountain, located off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Linville.  The park offers 13 backcountry camping locations and more than 12 miles of hiking trails.  Most of the trails are steep and challending, featuring

    • GFCampout FAMILY FRIENDLY NATIONAL, STATE & LOCAL PARKS

      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·        

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