Easily accessible by US Highways, 321, 421 and 221, and by NC Hwy 105
Cool summer temperatures: average temp is 69 degrees. Perfect for outdoor recreation such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, zip lining, golf or just enjoying the scenic beauty of the area.
Spectacular fall scenery: October brings a lively display of vibrant fall colors. With an average temperature of 53 degrees, autumn offers an array of outdoor activities, craft fairs and festivals.
Winter snowfall: average is 36 inches. Average temperature is 36 degrees. The area has four major ski resorts: Appalachian Ski Mountain, Ski Beech and Sugar Mountain and one of the largest Tubing on the East Coast at Hawksnest, Seven Devils.
31 of the 469 miles of America’s most scenic drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway, meander through Watauga County. The Linn Cove Viaduct is one of the world’s engineering marvels and was designed to protect the fragile ecosystem which it traverses.
Major attractions in the area include: Grandfather Mountain, Linville Caverns, Tweetsie Railroad, Hickory Ridge Homestead, the Blowing Rock and Mystery Hill.
Horn in The West, located in Boone, is the nation’s 3 rd oldest outdoor drama. Its season begins in mid-June and runs through mid-August.
Some of the South’s most significant Fresno art (by Ben Long) is located in two rural churches in nearby Ashe County.
Norm Crampton named Boone one of the 100 best Small Towns in America in his book by the same title. Boone also received the honor of being named one of The 50 Best Small Southern Towns in Gerald Sweitzer’s book by that same title.
The New River is the second oldest river in the world, one of few which flow north, and was designated an American Heritage River by President Bill Clinton in 1998
Linville Gorge is the Deepest gorge east of the Mississippi River
Grandfather Mountain is the highest mountain in the Blue Ridge
Construction for the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway began at Cumberland Know in Alleghany County and ended with the completion of the Linn Cove Viaduct in Avery County
Several mountains in Ashe County, including Mulatto and Mt Jefferson were said to have held hiding places on the Underground Railroad
The Movie, The Green Mile, was partially filmed at Moses Cone Manor on the Parkway in Blowing Rock. The Manor was portrayed as the main charter’s retirement home
A short part of the movie, Forrest Gump, was filmed at Grandfather Mountain (part of Forrest’s run across America is filmed on Grandfather’s curvy road
Jan Karon, author of the best-selling Mitford Series of books based her novels on the Village of Blowing Rock
The fashionable Mayview Manor in Blowing Rock once employed Annie Oakley, herself, to operate their trapshooting range
Frank James, the brother of bank robber Jesse, supposedly buried some of his loot in Avery County
The famous Brown Mountain lights can best be seen at milepost 317.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Nearby Roan Mountain with its enigmatic bald tops was named for Daniel Boone’s roan-colored horse which, due to its age and declining health, he released to spend its last happy days in freedom there.