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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    • crittercrawl Critter Crawl 5K registration opens March 3

      Registration opens March 3 for Grandfather Mountain’s third annual Critter Crawl, a challenging 5K race set for June 7. The race begins in MacRae Meadows and gains more than 900 feet in elevation as it climbs Grandfather Mountain, winds through the animal habitats and ends at the Mile High Swinging Bridge. Proceeds from the race will benefit the otter habitat renovations set

    • 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

    • waterfall Top 5 High Country Waterfalls & Swimming Holes

      Even though the temperatures average in the 70’s during the summers here in the High Country, jumping in the cold mountain water can be hard to resist.  Some waterfalls are an easy walk right off the main road, while some trails meander through the woods and open up to a hidden pool.  Here is our insiders list of the best

    • FreezeGrandfather TEMPERATURES PLUMMET TO -17 ON GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN

      Temperatures took a nosedive Monday and Tuesday on Grandfather Mountain, reaching a low of -17 degrees early Tuesday morning. Equipment mounted at the Mile High Swinging Bridge, which records temperatures every minute and on the hour, recorded air temperatures of -17 degrees at 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. Tuesday. The bridge is located at an elevation of 5,280 feet. The

    • 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

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