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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      GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN, NC – The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the non-profit organization that owns and operates the Grandfather Mountain travel attraction, is inviting all of its friends to invest in a membership to its new “Bridge Club” as a way to express their support for the work of the Stewardship Foundation.  Beginning January 1, 2014, the membership cards will replace

    • hawkcover Fall Hawk Migration Viewing Sites- NC High Country

      The NC High Country is a popular viewing area for hawk migrations due to the rocky outcroppings and mountain ridgelines that provide optimal wind currents for the hawks to ride as they head south for the winter.The migration for the broad-winged hawks takes place around the middle of September, with smaller hawks migrating into October.Here is a list of 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

    • 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

    • camping NC Mountains Camping

      Camping in the North Carolina Mountains is one of the most popular activities along the Blue Ridge Parkway!  The cool summer temperatures and easy access to other outdoor activities make the High Country Region your best stop for camping.  When camping in the High Country, keep in mind the weather can change drastically in the mountains.  Temperatures can drop 40


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