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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • thumb_grandfather_hiking_hm Best Rock Climbing Locations in the High Country

      There are a number of great rock climbing and bouldering sites through out the High Country. Here is a list of some of our top climbing destinations with directions.Holloway MountainSince it is used as a rock climbing teaching facility by Appalachian State University, Holloway Mountain is a great place for beginners. This site has a lot of short climbing routes

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