High Country Berries
NC High Country Berries
What says “summer” to you? To many of us, berries, be they blue, black, red, purple, or other hues, speak the language of warm weather and tart to sweet tastes. Visions of blue and red stained fingertips, toes dipping in cool mountain streams and the smell of a warm berry pie are a memory of a well-spent mountain youth.
North Carolina’s High Country is noted for delicious berries, products of cold winters, plentiful spring rains, and cool summers, which result in a bounty of tasty, blemish-free, fruits. Berries in the NC High Country usually ripen from late June to September.
- Blue Ridge Parkway: Berries may be harvested in the wild. Blue Ridge Parkway visitors may pick one gallon per person per day. Our favorite berry picking trails are:
- Fodder Stack Trail (BRP MP 241.0)
- Green Knob Trail (BRP MP 295.9)
- Boone Fork Trail (BRP MP 296.5) TIP: From the trailhead, go straight to reach the berries quicker!
- Craggy Gardens (BRP MP 364.2)
- North Carolina State Parks: Sorry, picking berries in NC State Parks in prohibitied
- U-Pick Farms:
- Farmer's Markets: Your best bet for finding local berries is at a High Country Farmers Market in July! Click HERE for a list
- Local Restaurants: Of course, the High Country is also home to many cooks and chefs who elevate local berries to high art by way of pies, tarts, puddings, and other, more exotic, dishes and baked goods. Call the NC High Country Welcome Center for regional recommendations at 828-264-1299 or try one of these:
- Bistro Roca, Blowing Rock NC
- Kindly Kitchen, Boone NC
- Boondocks, West Jefferson NC
- Stick Boy Bakery & Kitchen, Boone NC
- NC Blackberry Festival: Held July 12-13 2019 in Lenoir (just 15 minutes from Blowing Rock NC), the festival has plenty of blackberries for sale, blackberry infused dishes, live music and crafts, a parade AND the world's largest patchwork of blackberry cobbler!