Located in North Carolina's High Country, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Boone is a year round outdoor Mecca. Visitors come here to enjoy the crisp mountain air, endless vistas, and to get away from it all. Choose your level of adventure and take it easy by enjoying activities like fly fishing, a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, tasting wine along the Boone Area Wine Trail, and perusing through boutique shops and museums in downtown. Get a little further out there by going mountain biking at Rocky Knob Bike Park or venturing out on hiking trails to Crabtree Falls, Lineville Gorge, or even small segments of the Appalachian Trail. Other summer time activities include whitewater rafting, canoeing or kayaking New River, climbing at Grandfather Mountain, horseback riding, and ziplining. Also don't miss the Horn of the West, a seasonal drama depicting the history of the town and the famous pioneer, Daniel Boone. In the winter months, the area boasts skiing and boarding at three nearby ski resorts as well as cross country skiing and ice skating.
Home to just under 20,000 residents, Boone is a college town with a strong sense of community. Visitors will find a variety of lodging options, from quaint B&Bs and unique cabins to budget motels and large hotels. The region has a surprisingly high number of breweries and a great selection of restaurants. Getting to Boone is relatively easy if you fly into either Greensboro or Charlotte. You'll want your own wheels to be able to explore the area on your own agenda. Summers provide a cool retreat to the hotter surrounding lowlands but stay at an invitingly warm range around 76 degrees. Summer and fall, with heavy leaf peeping crowds, are the busiest seasons, while winters draw in the ski and snowboarding enthusiasts.
Things to Do
Blue Ridge Parkway: The Parkway features attractions near Boone like the iconic Linn Cove Viaduct, easy hiking trails to places like Crabtree Falls and Lineville Falls, and endless viewpoints.
Grandfather Mountain: Walk across the mile-high suspension bridge, visit the nature museum, and discover many hiking trails.
Linville Gorge: This rugged and spectacular wilderness area features waterfalls and scenic vistas and is popular among hikers, climbers, and campers.
Tweetsie Railroad: This amusement park boasts rides and entertainment, all centered around rides along the historic 1882 railroad.
Mast General Store: This historic attraction is more than just a store. Pop in to take in the history and gather your souvenirs.
Appalachian Ski Mountain: This small but fun ski resort is located just 15 minutes sound of Boone.
Julian Price Lake: Rent a canoe or paddle boat to explore its waters or meander along nearby trails.
Horn in the West: This outdoor theatrical drama takes place in the summer months and highlights the story of the first pioneers in the area.