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High Country NC Tourism Openings & Closures COVID-19 Update

High Country NC Tourism Openings & Closures COVID-19
Updated 7-27-20

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 11 or have a medical condition that prevents your ability to do so.
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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 open M-Sat, 9-5 and Sun, 9-3.  You can stop 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, daily:


  • Campgrounds, visitor centers, ranger programs: closed
  • ALL Hiking Trails: Open
  • Restrooms, picnic areas: Open 
  • Parkway Craft Center @ Moses Cone Manor: Open Thurs-Sun: 10-6. No upstairs tours in 2020.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE PARKS: Trails/restrooms: Open

**Short Term Lodging (including hotels, cabin rentals, B&B's, Airbnb, campgrounds) OPEN
*Restaurants takeout & 50% dine in

  • Town parks: open (restrooms and playgrounds closed)
  • Apple Hill Farm: open weekends 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 and picnic area open only. 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 Thurs-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
  • Lees McRae Summer Theatre: cancelled
  • Grandfather Mountain Highland Games: cancelled
  • Fine Arts & Master Craft Festival: July 17-19, August 14-16
  • Land of Oz Fall Tours: cancelled
  • Valle Country Fair (Oct): cancelled
  • Woolly Worm Festival: Oct 17-18


**Short Term Lodging (including hotels, cabin rentals, B&B's, Airbnb, campgrounds, etc.) OPEN

*Restaurants takeout & 50% dine in

  • Town Parks: trails open- restrooms, picnic shelters, playgrounds closed
  • Appalachian Theatre: closed
  • Blowing Rock Art & History Museum: closed
  • Chetola Resort:
    • Spa: closed
    • Restaurant: open 
  • Daniel Boone Native Gardens: open
  • Doc’s Rocks: open
  • Foggy Mountain Gem Mine: open
  • 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, M-Sun 12-6, masks required
  • Mountainbound Fly Guides: open 
  • Mountains to Coast Fly Fishing & Hunting: open
  • Mystery Hill: open
  • Original Mast General Store, Valle Crucis: open, M-Sun 12-6
  • 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: trails open, playground closed
  • Wahoo's Adventures: open
  • Watauga Lake Winery: open Fri-Sun, dining available
  • Willow Creek Golf: open
  • Westglow Spa:
    • Spa: closed
  • Restaurant: closed


  • Appalachian Summer Festival: cancelled (virtual)
  • Art in the Park: scheduled for July-Oct
  • Blowing Rock Horse Show: not open to the public
  • Horn in the West: cancelled
  • Mountain Home Music: cancelled
  • Watauga Farmers Market: open
  • Symphony by the Lake: cancelled


**Short Term Lodging (including hotels, cabin rentals, B&B's, Airbnb, campgrounds, etc.) OPEN
*Restaurants takeout & 50% dine in

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


  • Ashe Farmers Market: open
  • Ashe Fiddlers Convention: cancelled
  • Christmas in July: cancelled
  • Blue Ridge Brutal: cancelled
  • Stomp n Brew: moved to Oct 3rd

**Short Term Lodging (including hotels, cabin rentals, B&B's, Airbnb, etc.) OPEN
*Restaurants takeout & 50% dine in- 5/23

  • Town Parks: trails open
  • Leatherwood Mountains:
    • lodging and campground- open- accepting limited reservations
    • trail rides- closed 
  • Wilkes Heritage Museum: open 
  • Stone Mountain State Park: open


  • Merlefest: cancelled
  • Farmers Market: TBA (online available)
  • Wilkes Fourth Celebration: cancelled
  • Brushy Mountain Peach Festival: cancelled
  • FaithFest: cancelled (virtual)
  • Concerts in the Commons: cancelled

**Short Term Lodging (including hotels, cabin rentals, B&B's, Airbnb, etc.) OPEN 


  • 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