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
Sugar Plum Farm
A 100 acres Choose & Cut Tree Farm, Sugar Plum Farm is worth the drive! Learn the production of Christmas trees, choose small or large Christmas trees and visit the gift shop. The gift shop features many hand-crafted tree ornaments made by mountain people. Other amenities include tours, hayrides, catered food, hiking and Santa visits.
High Country Wine Trail
Travel the High Country Wine Trail and experience "wine with a view" as you sip on wines from the Appalachian High Country. Wineries include Banner Elk Winery, Grandfather Vineyard, Linville Falls Winery, Villa Nove Vineyards, and Watauga Lake Winery.
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
Tester Farm Daylilies
Tester Farm Daylilies has over 20 years growing daylilies in the NC High Country. We offer hundreds of varieties and colors at reasonable prices!
Closed Tuesday afternoon and Sundays.
Apple Hill Farm
Apple Hill Farm in Banner Elk NC conducts a farm tour year round! Advanced tickets are required and can be purchased through: www.applehillfarmnc.com
Come by the farm year-round to shop or take a tour and meet the animals. You can see all of our animal friends only by joining one of the regularly scheduled public tours or by booking a private or group tour in advance.
The guided walking tour is offered year-round and starts at the horse barn, winding around the farm to visit the main barns and animal sheds. Tour guides share all about what makes our farm so special. We are home to a variety of animals, and nearly every one of them has a story to tell! Our farm is hilly,so wear comfortable shoes and plan accordingly. Don't forget to bring a camera!
We can also book a private tour for you and your family year-round.