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The Watauga County Parks and Recreation Office is located in Boone off State Farm Road and Hunting Hills Lane at 231 Complex Drive. Normal business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday though Friday.

Mission Statement

The Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department strives to provide a wide variety of quality recreational programming opportunities in the areas of arts, youth and adult athletics, special programs, special events, special populations including Special Olympics, aquatics, and summer youth camps. The department’s mission is for these programs to be enjoyable, fun, fulfilling, safe, and rewarding for all Watauga County citizens.

The public can enjoy the following facilities which are located throughout Watauga County: a gym, a community clubhouse, 26 multi-purpose athletic fields, 3 parks, 13 tennis courts, 6 outdoor basketball courts, 8 picnic shelters, an outdoor and an indoor pool.

The Recreation Department, formed in 1973, the department is advised by an 18-member Recreation Commission.  These members are appointed by the Watauga County Board of Commissioners. It is the role of this commission to guide and advise the Department to provide for adequate recreational opportunities for the citizens of the County.

Watauga County residents may rent recreational equipment or facilities for a small fee by calling or coming by the Watauga County Parks and Recreation Office.

1012 State Farm Road, Boone, NC 28607