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About Boone & Watauga County

The town of Boone was named for legendary frontiersman, Daniel Boone, who maintained a hunting camp here. The surrounding mountains, such as Grandfather Mountain, boast elevations up to 6,000 feet above sea level. Renowned for outdoor offerings, this area offers a wealth of recreational activities including some of the Southeast’s best sites for bouldering, rock climbing, snow sports, water sports, and cycling.

Boone is also home to Appalachian State University – home of the Appalachian Summer Festival – a month-long visual and performing art celebration held annually in July.

Five miles from Boone, the historic community of Valle Crucis is a place where local residents still make the daily trip down to the 1883 general store to get their mail. Valle Crucis, which literally translates to “valley of the cross,” was named by an Episcopal priest in the mid-1800s when he observed the two streams that crossed in the valley below, forming a cross.  This community hosts the annual Valley Country Fair on the third Saturday of October.

The nearby town of Seven Devils boasts cozy lodging and numerous outdoor adventures from hiking to ziplining.

Stories from Boone & Watauga County

September 10, 2020
Some leaves in the Asheville area are already beginning to stop producing chlorophyll and change to their wardrobe of fall colors. If you’re wondering when the peak Blue Ridge Parkway Fall leaf season will be this year, you’re not alone. It’s usually in October which is often the busiest month along the Parkway. 
September 9, 2020
Enjoy waterfalls and cascades throughout Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!
April 17, 2020
Whether you are enjoying the entire Blue Ridge Parkway or just visiting regions in North Carolina or Tennessee, there are many ways to enjoy nature and the outdoors, even in the lodging opportunities available along the route.
December 28, 2019
Visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway for the holidays (or lucky enough to be a local) and looking for unique ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2020? We’ve got your guide to some of the best kept secrets for seeing out 2019 and celebrating the start of 2020. Roar into the twenties where ever you are along the Blue Ridge Mountains with one of these fun New Years celebrations.
November 18, 2018
Spending the holidays in the Blue Ridge Mountains brings to mind cozy fireside nights under homespun quilts, a brisk family hike to find the perfect Christmas tree on the farm, and the very the best slopes for skiing and sledding. We’ve rounded up all this and more in our guide to festive winter fun in the communities along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
October 18, 2018
When will the leaves be at peak color this Fall along the Blue Ridge Parkway? While it would be nice if we could forecast the moment Autumn foliage will dazzle us with peak vibrancy as reliably as we track the ocean's tides, just when and why the leaves change colors is a complex array of factors far less predictable.

Recommended Itineraries

Region: North Carolina
Duration:2 - 3 days
Blowing Rock is located directly on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and is home to several iconic NC High Country attractions. It takes more than one day to tour some of the best-known sites. If you are looking for a sight-seeing adventure or just want to revisit your favorites, check out this itinerary!
Region: North Carolina
Duration:1 day
The little town of Blowing Rock is surrounded by undeveloped lands, like a giant backyard to explore. This one-day itinerary takes in the views and the environment for a true Blue Ridge experience.