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

    • Rhodo1 High Country Bloom Schedule

      The High Country mountains boast some of the most beautiful wildflowers in the south. From the popular catawba rhododendron found commonly along the Blue Ridge Parkway to the rare and endangered pink shell azalea vaseyi found at Grandfather Mountain, the High Country offers an array of breathtaking flowers throughout the spring and summer seasons. A great way to see these

    • Rocky Knob Park Mountain Biking Trails

      The new Rocky Knob Park features a 185-acre mountain bike park, located just three miles from downtown Boone. Offering eight miles of stacked loop trails for mountain biking and hiking that get progressively harder as you go higher up the mountain, the Park is a great destination for mountain bikers and hikers of all ages. The Park also offers several

    • 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

    • 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

    • Emerald Village Gem Mine offers Open Digs

      Going through gem buckets at the Gemstone Mine at Emerald Village has pleased thousands of visitors over the years. For those looking for more of an authentic experience we have now opened our mine dumps to collectors who want to dig and break their own stones.  Rock hounds have flocked to this area for years but very few areas are


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High Country Host

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Hours: Mon-Sat 9-5 | Sun 9-3

1700 Blowing Rock Road
Boone, NC 28607

800-438-7500 | 828-264-1299