Birds and Blooms

The High Country is alive with the songs of a wide variety of birds, and the hues of amazing wildflowers. Birding enthusiasts love our area for the diversity of landscapes – from lower lying wetlands in Wilkes County, to the peaks of Grandfather Mountain, Bluff Mountain and Beech Mountain. And flower lovers will enjoy the array of beautiful flowers, including rare and endangered plants found in specific areas of the High Country.

  • Birds and Blooms

    • A Crossnore NC Day Trip

      Located less than a half hour’s drive from Banner Elk, North Carolina, not only is Crossnore home to the school founded by Dr. Mary Martin

    • Showy Blooms of the Blue Ridge Parkway

      The Blue Ridge Parkway is home to many unique species of flowers and shrubs that can not be found in many other locations around the

    • NC Mountains Camping

      Camping in the North Carolina Mountains is one of the most popular activities along the Blue Ridge Parkway!  The cool summer temperatures and easy access

    • Rare azaleas in bloom on Grandfather Mountain

      The stunning and rare pink-shell azalea is now in bloom on Grandfather Mountain, offering visitors unparalleled access to the shrub native to only a few

    • Fall Hawk Migration Viewing Sites- NC High Country

      North Carolina Fall Hawk Migration Viewing Sites The NC High Country is a popular viewing area for hawk migrations due to the rocky outcroppings and

    • Top Hiking Trails

      The high country is home to some of the most majestic views in the country. This is a list of the top hiking trails located

    • Grandfather Mountain State Park Activities June 2013

      Grandfather Mountain State Park is the newest North Carolina State park.  Created in 2008, the state park service acquired the 2,456 acres along the crest

    • High Country Bird Watching Locations

      Spring in the High Country is the perfect season to view the migration of birds returning after winter.   With so many undeveloped areas in

    • High Country Bloom Schedule

      The High Country mountains boast some of the most beautiful wildflowers in the south. From the popular catawba rhododendron found commonly along the Blue Ridge

    • Rocky Knob Park Mountain Biking Trails

      The new Rocky Knob Park features a 185-acre mountain bike park, located just three miles from downtown Boone. Offering eight miles of stacked loop trails


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North Carolina's
High Country Host

Hours: Mon-Sat 9-5 | Sun 9-3

6370 US Highway 321 South
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

800-438-7500 | 828-264-1299