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

    • 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

    • biking Biking in the NC High Country

      Whether you are training on the Blue Ridge Mountains, mountain biking, or just want to take a leisurely ride through the country to admire the mountains, the High Country is a great place to pedal.  Our cool temperatures, fresh air and bike friendly communities are here to welcome you!Here is a list of trails by difficulty:EASY BIKE RIDES- these trails

    • 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 &

    • 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

    • 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


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