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High Country NC Tourism Openings & Closures COVID-19 Update


High Country NC Tourism Openings & Closures COVID-19
Updated 3-31-20

If you are in the NC High Country during the COVID-19 National Emergency, know that there are still activities available that will enhance your mountain experience.  Whether you are limiting your contact to groups under 50 or practicing social distancing (see our Blue Ridge Parkway page for area hiking trails!), we can help you with your planning. 

The High Country Regional Visitor Center is closed to the public until NC State Welcome Centers reopen. You can stop by the visitor center and pick up State, regional and Blue Ridge Parkway maps, hiking trail and lodging information in the "Take One" box located by our front door.  We will also update the list of openings/closures of top visitor activities listed below, daily:

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
Open EXCEPT milepost 455-469 (the section at the southern border with Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is closed)

 

AVERY COUNTY- BANNER ELK
**Short Term Lodging (including hotels, cabin rentals, B&B's, Airbnb, etc.) are suspended until April 18,2020**

  • Apple Hill Farm: closed until further notice *see FB page for daily live updates with the animals! 
  • Beech Mountain Resort: closed for season
  • Crossnore Weavers: closed
  • Elk Creek Outfitters: open
  • Emerald Village: opening May 1st
  • Gem Mountain: open
  • Grandfather Mountain: closed til May 1st
  • Grandfather Trout Farm: closed
  • Linville Caverns: closed til May 1st
  • Sugar Mountain Resort: closed for season

 

WATAUGA COUNTY-BOONE, BLOWING ROCK
**Short Term Lodging (including hotels, cabin rentals, B&B's, Airbnb, etc.) are suspended until further notice
*Downtown Boone Parking Free*

  • App Ski Mountain: closed for season
  • Appalachian Theatre: closed
  • Blowing Rock Art & History Museum: closed until May 1st
  • Chetola Resort:
    • Spa: closed
    • Restaurant: closed
  • Daniel Boone Native Gardens: closed
  • Doc’s Rocks: curbside "ore to go" pick up 12-2 daily
  • Foggy Mountain Gem Mine: closed
  • Hawksnest SnowTubing: closed
  • Hawksnest Zipline: closed
  • High Gravity Zipline & Aerial Adventure Park: closed 
  • Leatherwood Mountains Horse Trail Rides: closed
  • Mystery Hill: closed
    • Tomahawk Hill: closed
  • Original Mast General Store: closed
  • Schaefer Center Performing Arts Series: cancelled
  • Sky Valley Zip Tours: taking reservations for May 
  • Tanger Outlet Mall: closed 
  • The Blowing Rock: closed
  • The Children’s Playhouse: closed
  • The Jones House: closed
  • Turchin Center: closed
  • Tweetsie Railroad: closed (no opening date released)
  • Willow Creek Golf: closed
  • Westglow Spa:
    • Spa: closed
    • Restaurant: closed


ASHE COUNTY- WEST JEFFERSON AREA
**Short Term Lodging (including hotels, cabin rentals, B&B's, Airbnb, etc.) are suspended until April 18,2020**

  • Ashe County Cheese: open
  • Ashe County Arts Council: open
  • Mountainaire Golf: open May 1st


WILKESBORO

  • Leatherwood Mountains Horse Trail Rides: closed
  • Wilkes Heritage Museum: open May 1st
  • Stone Mountain State Park: closed

 

RESTAURANTS 
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:


WAYS TO CONNECT TO YOUR FAVORITE ATTRACTIONS
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

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