Even though the “Valle” is only 10 minutes from Boone off North Carolina Highway 105, spending the day in Valle Crucis is a step back in time. The community developed in the 1800’s and centered around the Watauga River, lush farmland and mountain shelter, a church, general store and little schoolhouse. All of these community fixtures can still be visited today! Here are our suggestions for a day in Valle Crucis:
1. GRAB SOME SANDWICHES
Stop by The 1861 Farmhouse Market (known as The Ham Shoppe to locals for many years) as the corner of NC Hwy 105 and Broadstone Road for a deli sandwich and a homemade dessert. The deli has many creative sandwiches to choose from or you can create your own. Get your lunch to-go and head down to the riverside for a picnic lunch with a view!
2. MAST GENERAL STORE
The original Mast General Store can be found around the corner from the park. The store was built 1883 and is on the National Historic Registry. The store features an old post office, original posters and coffee for 5 cents! While you are there, see if the Little Red School House behind the store is open. The School House sometimes features items and sample sales.
3. HIKE CRAB ORCHARD FALLS
Just 5 minutes from Mast General Store up Hwy 194 is the Valle Crucis Conference Center. Take the trail from the Center parking lot down a steep half mile trail to the falls. The Falls make for great photos and have lots of places to climb around and play in the water (but there is no swimming hole).
4. STAY for the NIGHT!
Stay in the Valle and get away from it all! Listen to the crickets in the summer, the leaves rustle in the fall, the silence in the winter and the birds chirping in the spring! CLICK HERE for a list of Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns in Valle Crucis.
A FEW LAST INSIDER TIPS!
– Mast General Store frequently hosts live music on the back porch and special guest events
– The Watauga River through the Valle is a great place to go fishing, canoeing and kayaking. CLICK HERE for a list of outfitters
– The Valle Country Fair (always the 3rd Saturday of October) is a premier arts & crafts festival. The festival also features the best Apple Butter and Brunswick Stew!