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

    • 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-

    • 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

    • ski Top 10 NC High Country Winter Outdoor Activities

      Don’t ski or snowboard? Feeling trapped inside with nothing to do during the winter?  Have no fear, the NC High Country is here!  Here is our Top 10 winter outdoor activities that do not require you to ski/snowboard:Snowtube at Hawksnest Snow Tubing ParkHawksnest is the largest snowtubing park in the southeast with 30 tubing lanes… and the park even has


      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

    • Trout in Western North Carolina

      The High Country is a well know fly-fishing area in the United States.  With many headwaters starting in Avery County, the cool waters provide the perfect home for trout and the mountains provide the perfect atmosphere for a day of fishing.  Here is a romantically written article on flyfishing in the NC High Country from 1886:TROUT IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA“Forest


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