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High Country NC WINTER 2020 Openings & Closures


High Country NC WINTER 2020 Openings & Closures
UPDATED 11/2/2020

Many attractions in the Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain, West Jefferson and Wilkesboro area have limited hours or close for the winter.  Make sure to view our list below when planning your trip to the High Country to make sure the attractions you want to visit are open.

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) the visitor center and pick up State, regional and Blue Ridge Parkway maps, hiking trail and lodging information.  

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

  • Campgrounds and Visitor Centers: Closed for season
  • Hiking Trails: Open
  • Restrooms, picnic areas: Closed for season 
  • Parkway Craft Center @ Moses Cone Manor: Open until November 30, Wed-Sun: 10-6. No upstairs tours in 2020
  • Price Park Boat Rentals: Closed for season

NORTH CAROLINA STATE PARKS

  • Trails/restrooms: Open every day except Christmas
  • Campgrounds: Stone Mountain State Park open year round
  1. KERR SCOTT DAM & RESERVOIR
  • Trails/restrooms: Open 
  • Campgrounds: Open year round

AVERY COUNTY- BANNER ELK

  • Town parks: open 
  • Apple Hill Farm: tours by reservation 
  • Banner Elk Winery: open
  • Beech Mountain Resort: open 11/21
  • Crossnore Weavers: open
  • Elk Creek Outfitters: open
  • Emerald Village: closed until spring
  • Ensemble Stage: open
  • Gem Mountain: open M-Sat 10-5, heated indoor flumes
  • Grandfather Mountain: opening with limited online reservations only, no ticket sales at gate- see website 
  • Grandfather Trout Farm: open
  • Grandfather Winery: open
  • Linville Caverns: first come-first serve, limited admissions, masks required
    • Nov: Open 9-5, closed Tues & Wed
    • Dec-Feb: Sat & Sun only, 9-4:30
  • Orchard at Altapass: closed for season
  • Sugar Mountain Resort: open 11/13
  • Wildcat Lake: closed for season
  • Wilderness Run Alpine Coaster: open year round

WATAUGA COUNTY-BOONE, BLOWING ROCK

  • Town Parks: open
  • Appalachian Theatre: closed (online events only)
  • Blowing Rock Art & History Museum: open Tues-Sat, 11-4
  • Boone Golf: closed for season
  • Chetola Resort:
    • Spa: open
    • Restaurant: open 
  • Daniel Boone Native Gardens: open
  • Doc’s Rocks: open
  • Foggy Mountain Gem Mine: open
  • Hawksnest Zipline: open year-round- reservations only
  • Hickory Ridge Homestead tours: open for tours until 11/14
  • High Gravity Zipline & Aerial Adventure Park:
    • Zipline Tours: Mon, Wed, Fri by Advance Booking Online
    • Zipline Tours + Adventure Park: Sat-Sun: 10-6
  • High Mountain Expeditions: closed for season
  • 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 for caving and hiking services
  • Rock Dimensions: climbing wall open
  • Sky Valley Zip Tours: open daily, closed Tues-Wed
  • Tanger Outlet Mall: all stores open daily, 11-6
  • The Blowing Rock: open
  • The Children’s Playhouse: closed
  • The Jones House: closed
  • Turchin Center: closed
  • Tweetsie Railroad: closed, train only open Nov 13- Jan 2
  • Valle Crucis Park: open
  • Wahoo's Adventures: closed for season
  • Watauga Lake Winery: open Fri-Sun, dining available
  • Willow Creek Golf: closed for season
  • Westglow Spa: open

ASHE COUNTY- WEST JEFFERSON AREA

  • Town Parks: open
  • Ashe County Cheese: open M-Sat, 8:30-5
  • Ashe County Arts Council: open Wed-Sat, 10-3
  • Mountainaire Golf: open as weather allows. Closed Jan-Feb
  • Ben Long Fresco Churches: open
  • Florence Thomas Art School: open 
  • Museum of Ashe County History: open 
  • Zaloo's Canoes: closed for season


WILKESBORO

  • Town Parks: open
  • Call Family Distillery: tours & tastings closed, store open
  • Copper Barrel Distillery: tours & tastings, store open daily (closed Sun)
  • Leatherwood Mountains:
    • lodging and campground- open
    • trail rides- open
  • Wilkes Heritage Museum: open
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