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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 6000 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.

Stories from Boone & Watauga County

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.