In the High Country you can find a large assortment of attractions to please the whole family. This mountainous area has been hosting visitors for over a century,
and today includes such popular attractions as Grandfather Mountain, the original Mast General Store, Mystery Hill and many others. In addition, you’ll find unique farms, wineries and orchards to tour and sample.
NC High Country Attractions
Swinging Bridge Blueberry & Christmas Tree Farm Tour
Take a walking Tour of a working Christmas tree farm! The 70 minute tour includes local history, a 3/4 mile hike, shearing demonstration, 48 foot long suspension bridge, blueberry operation, views of Grandfather, Snake and Elk Knob Mountains, passive solar, geothermal and hydro-powered energy orangery.
Adults $8. Children $5. Tours by appointment only. 12 minutes East of Boone. Call 828-264-5738 or 828-264-2030
Daniel Boone Native Gardens
Featuring a collection of North Carolina native plant material in an informal landscape design, for education and preservation.
See the Wrought Iron Gates made by Daniel Boone VI, a direct descendent of the great pioneer Daniel Boone.
Seasonal operation. Available for outdoor weddings.
The Historic Orchard at Altapass
The not-for-profit Orchard is open May-October, 10 to 5. During August-October, itâ€™s open for heirloom apple picking on the hours from 10 to 4, Wednesday-Sunday. Just purchase a bag at the Apple Shed, and enjoy the guided experience in the field. Donâ€™t want to pick? Fresh bagged apples are also available for purchase in the Shed. EDUCATIONAL EXHIBITS
While waiting to U-Pick with the expert, learn about the Orchardâ€™s missionâ€”visit the Monarch Butterfly and honeybee habitats to learn about the eco-system, watch the working model train to find out how the Clinchfield Railroad originated the Orchard, read about the regionâ€™s history, or take a stroll through the Butterfly Garden now under renovation. MUSIC AND FUN
The orchard offers free, live music Saturday and Sunday afternoons from June-October under the pavilion roof. Listen to the old-time music and dance a bit, or play a game on the back deck, take a picture â€œin an apple,â€ or a walk through the fields. REFRESHMENTS
Enjoy a bowl of apple pie or apple blossom with ice cream or several other delicious apple treats including fresh pared apples dripping in hot caramel.