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About Boone & Watauga County

The town of Boone was named for the legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone who maintained a hunting camp there in Watauga County. 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

December 28, 2021
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? We’ve got your guide for seeing in the New Year at one of these celebrations in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
November 18, 2021
Spending the holidays in the Blue Ridge Mountains brings to mind cozy fireside nights under homespun quilts, a brisk family outing to find the perfect Christmas tree on a local 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.
August 23, 2021
When will the Parkway's leaves change to their wardrobe of fall colors? Read on for travel tips to aid in planning your fall trip to the Blue Ridge region.
December 31, 2020
When high elevation nighttime temperatures dip below freezing, sections of the Parkway may be closed due to ice and snow. The roadway is not plowed or salted so closed areas become wonderful winter playgrounds for pedestrians, cyclists, skiers and snowshoers alike.
November 16, 2020
Even while staying at home we still seem to be busy. Maybe this season you'll want to slow down and make time to take a getaway with your significant other. Regardless of when you choose to enjoy a romantic getaway along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we have some options and ideas for you to consider.
September 9, 2020
Numerous waterfalls are located throughout the Shenandoah, Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway regions. Some are visible from the road and some require a hike. This list notes the location and ease of access for each waterfall.
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.
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.
Region: Virginia , North Carolina
Duration:2 - 3 days
A two-day trip through the Parkway's Highlands district reveals the shift from flat plateau to mountain ridges. Find yourself in the rolling pastures of Doughton Park (Milepost 240 – 245) or exploring the Grandfather Mountain corridor (Milepost 295 – 300) or the rugged Linville Gorge (Milepost 317) with a night in North Carolina’s High Country of Boone or Blowing Rock.