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High Country NC Tourism Openings & Closures COVID-19 Update

High Country NC Tourism Openings & Closures COVID-19
Updated 9-23-20

Starting Friday 6/26, the entire state will require face coverings (public indoors + outdoors) where 6ft distancing is not possible, unless you are under the age of 5 or have a medical condition that prevents your ability to do so.
For all details:

The High Country Regional Visitor Center is open M-Sat, 9-5 and Sun, 9-3.  You can stop by (or call 828-264-1299) by the visitor center and pick up State, regional and Blue Ridge Parkway maps, hiking trail and lodging information.  We will also update the list of openings/closures of top visitor activities listed below, as needed:


  • Campgrounds, visitor centers, ranger programs:
    • Price Park & Linville Falls Campground: Open
    • Doughton Park Campground & Bluffs Restaurant: Closed
  • ALL Hiking Trails: Open
  • Restrooms, picnic areas: Open 
  • Parkway Craft Center @ Moses Cone Manor: Open Wed-Sun: 10-6. No upstairs tours in 2020.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE PARKS: Trails/restrooms: Open

*Restaurants takeout & 50% dine in

  • Town parks: open 
  • Apple Hill Farm: tours by reservation 
  • Banner Elk Winery: open
  • Beech Mountain Resort: open
  • Crossnore Weavers: open
  • Elk Creek Outfitters: open
  • Emerald Village: Gem mining, gold panning, gift shop, some museums andpicnic area open. No mine tours
  • Ensemble Stage: limited outdoor children/family shows only. Check website
  • Gem Mountain: open M-Sat 10-5
  • Grandfather Mountain: opening with limited online reservations only, no ticket sales at gate- see website 
  • Grandfather Trout Farm: open
  • Grandfather Winery: open
  • Linville Caverns: open, first come, first serve, limited admissions, masks required
  • Orchard at Altapass: building, refreshments, storytelling open Wed-Sun, 10-5 only.  Orchard trails open for hiking. No live music or hayrides
  • Sugar Mountain Resort: open 
  • Wildcat Lake: closed for 2020 season


  • Avery Farmers Market: open
  • Fine Arts & Master Craft Festival: Sept 11-13
  • Land of Oz Fall Tours: cancelled
  • Valle Country Fair (Oct): cancelled
  • Woolly Worm Festival: cancelled


*Restaurants takeout & 50% dine in

  • Town Parks: open
  • Appalachian Theatre: closed (online events only)
  • Blowing Rock Art & History Museum: opening Sept 22
  • Chetola Resort:
    • Spa: open
    • Restaurant: open 
  • Daniel Boone Native Gardens: open
  • Doc’s Rocks: open
  • Foggy Mountain Gem Mine: open
  • Harvest Farm Corn Maze: closed 2020
  • Hawksnest Zipline: open- reservations only
  • Hickory Ridge Homestead tours: open
  • High Gravity Zipline & Aerial Adventure Park: open 
  • High Mountain Expeditions: open
  • Mast General Store- Downtown Boone: open
  • Mountainbound Fly Guides: open 
  • Mountains to Coast Fly Fishing & Hunting: open
  • Mystery Hill: open
  • Original Mast General Store, Valle Crucis: open
  • River & Earth Adventures: open
  • Rock Dimensions: climbing wall open
  • Sky Valley Zip Tours: open
  • Tanger Outlet Mall: all stores open
  • The Blowing Rock: open
  • The Children’s Playhouse: closed
  • The Jones House: closed
  • Turchin Center: closed
  • Tweetsie Railroad: closed through fall
  • Valle Crucis Park: open
  • Wahoo's Adventures: open
  • Watauga Lake Winery: open Fri-Sun, dining available
  • Willow Creek Golf: open
  • Westglow Spa: open


  • Art in the Park: scheduled for July-Oct
  • Mountain Home Music: cancelled
  • Watauga Farmers Market: open

*Restaurants takeout & 50% dine in

  • Town Parks: open
  • Ashe County Cheese: open M-Sat, 8:30-5
  • Ashe County Arts Council: open Wed-Sat, 10-3
  • Ashe County Corn Maze: closed 2020
  • Mountainaire Golf: open 
  • Ben Long Fresco Churches: open
  • Florence Thomas Art School: open 
  • Museum of Ashe County History: open
  • Zaloo's Canoes: open


  • Ashe Farmers Market: open
  • Blue Ridge Brutal: cancelled
  • Old Fashioned Antiques Fair: cancelled
  • Stomp n Brew: cancelled
  • Ashe Arts Council Art on the Mountain: cancelled

*Restaurants takeout & 50% dine in

  • Town Parks: open
  • Call Family Distillery: tours & tastings closed, store open
  • Leatherwood Mountains:
    • lodging and campground- open
    • trail rides- open
  • Perry Lowe Orchard: open
  • Wilkes Heritage Museum: open 
  • Stone Mountain State Park: open


  • Concerts in the Commons: cancelled
  • Brushy Mountain Apple Festival: cancelled
  • Carolina in the Fall: cancelled
  • Merlefest 2021: Sept 16-20

*Restaurants takeout & 50% dine in


  • Concerts on Main: cancelled 
  • Alleghany Fiddlers Convention: cancelled
  • Mountain Heritage Festival: cancelled


The local chambers of commerce are doing a great job of compiling lists of restaurants offering take out & delivery.  Please view the lists at the links below:

The local NC High Country Community is a very supportive one and many of our favorite places to visit are offering ways to stay connected online! View HERE