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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    • 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 &

    • 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

    • 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 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

    • 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

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