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

    • Parkway-high-red-bike-blur High Country Motorcycle Routes

      With winding mountain roads, spectacular views, cool temperatures and reasonable speed limits, High Country motorcycle rides cannot be topped!  Here is a list of some routes through the High Country and along the Blue Ridge Parkway: US 221: BOONE, NC – INDEPENDENCE, VA 55 MILES SPEED LIMIT: 35-55 MPHSCENERY: US 221 provides views of lush farmlands as you roll in

    • photo_1982_20060928 Top Hiking Trails

      The high country is home to some of the most majestic views in the country. This is a list of the top hiking trails located in western North Carolina. There are beautiful waterfalls, gorges, and panoramic views along these trails. Whether you are looking for an easy afternoon hike as a family or looking for a little more adventure the

    • FreezeGrandfather 5 Reasons to Hike in Winter

       Hiking in the North Carolina High Country is a popular activity that the area is known for.  The trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Grandfather Mountain State Park International Biosphere, and other spectacular North Carolina State Parks can provide weeks of unique hiking opportunities.  Hiking is especially unique during the winter months.  Here are our top reasons why:AMAZING VIEWS-


      Temperatures took a nosedive Monday and Tuesday on Grandfather Mountain, reaching a low of -17 degrees early Tuesday morning. Equipment mounted at the Mile High Swinging Bridge, which records temperatures every minute and on the hour, recorded air temperatures of -17 degrees at 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. Tuesday. The bridge is located at an elevation of 5,280 feet. The


      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


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