Outdoor Recreation

Year-round activities abound in the High Country- hiking, canoeing or boating, mountain biking, road cycling, ziplining, rock climbing and bouldering – are just a few adventures visitors of all ages can enjoy! Paddling and hiking in the summer are wonderful,as you explore the scenery and enjoy some of the most pleasantly mild weather in the SE United States. Whether you’re camping for a weekend, or just enjoying a quick stroll along a leg-stretching trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway, it is hard to imagine a better way to experience this glorious mountain region than immersing yourself in outdoor activities. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture quick pictures of wildlife along the trail and expansive vistas from the mountaintops.

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    • Top 5 Winter Hikes in the NC High Country

      Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Top 5 Winter Hikes in the NC High Country: The winter can be a great time to hike in the NC

    • Public Golf Courses near Boone, NC

      Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Boone Golf Club Designed in 1959 by Ellis Maples, architect of some of the South’s finest courses, Boone Golf Club is

    • Top 10 NC High Country Winter Outdoor Activities (Family Friendly)

      Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Top 10 NC High Country Winter Outdoor Activities (Family Friendly) Don’t ski or snowboard? Feeling trapped inside during the winter?  Have

    • Trout in Western North Carolina

      Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn The High Country is a well know fly-fishing area in the United States.  With many headwaters starting in Avery County, the

    • Chills & Thrills Await at Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train Halloween Festival

      Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Blowing Rock, N.C. (September 9, 2014) – When the eerie sound from the whistle of a steamlocomotive pierces the peaceful quiet

    • Showy Blooms of the Blue Ridge Parkway

      Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn The Blue Ridge Parkway is home to many unique species of flowers and shrubs that can not be found in many

    • NC Mountains Camping

      Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Camping in the North Carolina Mountains is one of the most popular activities along the Blue Ridge Parkway!  The cool summer

    • Emerald Village Gem Mine offers Open Digs

      Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Going through gem buckets at the Gemstone Mine at Emerald Village has pleased thousands of visitors over the years. For those

    • Critter Crawl 5K registration opens March 3

      Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Registration opens March 3 for Grandfather Mountain’s third annual Critter Crawl, a challenging 5K race set for June 7.   The

    • 5 Reasons to Hike in Winter

      Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Hiking in the North Carolina High Country is a popular activity that the area is known for.  The trails along the


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