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Attractions in Boone, Blowing Rock, Grandfather Mountain, Linville




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and Travel Attractions Too!



Nationally-known travel attractions anchor the High Country’s appeal as a vacation destination. Explore below—or link a lot of them with our Fabulous Long Weekend for Families itinerary.

Blue Ridge Parkway
The most popular unit of the National Park system is one of America’s great road trips. The High Country portion of the high road—where the Parkway was started and completed—is arguably the scenic apex of the experience. Check out our Ultimate Parkway Guide. Open year-round, but can be closed by snow.

Grandfather Mountain
The world’s only privately owned International Biosphere Reserve is non-profit preservation at its loftiest. A spectacular drive takes visitors to the wheelchair-accessible Mile-High Swinging Bridge, thousands of feet above the Carolina Piedmont. A world-class nature museum, interpretive programs, and Environmental Habitats for deer, bears, cougars, and otters offer outdoor education and entertainment. There's a brand-new, state-of-the-art eagle aviary for 2013. Awesome trails lead to high adventure in adjacent Grandfather Mountain State Park. Open all year.

Horn in the West

his renowned outdoor drama in Boone (its season ended August 17th—plan for next year!) tells the tale of Daniel Boone’s adventures in the High Country and the little known, pivotal role local pioneers played in winning the American Revolution at the Battle of Kings Mountain. Horn in the West is one of the nation's most historic outdoor dramas. Don’t miss adjoining attractions. Hickory Ridge Living History Museum is a wonderfully interpreted classic collection of 18th and 19th century log cabins. The Daniel Boone Native Gardens showcases the High Country’s world-class biodiversity. If you're searching for history in the High Country don't miss our History Travels and Tours feature.

Linville Caverns
The Boone Area boasts awesome views—but some of those vistas are inside a mountain! The stalactites and stalagmites of the only publicly accessible cavern in North Carolina are partially handicapped accessible. Open year-round.

Mast General Store
Charles Kuralt considered the sagging, scenic 1882 Mast General Store in Valle Crucis a true destination among the nation’s general stores. You’ll agree. The historical atmosphere is unforgettable, and so is the shopping. This rural emporium that once carried “everything from cradles to caskets” is a trove of Americana and unusual merchandise. There’s a branch of Mast in downtown Boone. Open year-round.

Mystery Hill
This High Country family favorite amusingly defies the forces of gravity and physics. Mystery Hill’s Appalachian Heritage Museum is an historic 1898 home featuring authentic insight into 19th century life in the mountains. Open year-round.

Ski Resorts of the
High Country
The Mid-Atlantic and South’s greatest concentration of ski resorts and snow tubing facilities brings national quality skiing and winter fun to the Boone Area. But don’t let summer stop you! These are the East’s highest ski areas. Slopeside lodging offers great views of grassy, wildflower-strewn meadows where mountain biking, hiking, tennis and golf are part of the fun. Generally open from Thanksgiving to late March.



State Parks of the High Country

High Country state parks represent a nationally significant spectrum of superb outdoor recreation and priceless preservation. Many feature programs, special music events, outdoor venues for family reunions and gatherings, even business retreats. Hike to the top of Grandfather Mountain or Elk Knob. Paddle, tube, or cast a line at New River (home to a nationally significant multi-day canoe camping experience). Drive to the top of Mount Jefferson for awesome views. Open all year.

The Blowing Rock
A colorful legend attributed to Native Americans explains the odd updrafts on this spectacular crag that led “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” to proclaim it “the only place in the world where snow falls upside down.” The Blowing Rock's dramatic views from this cliffside perch, open since 1933 as “North Carolina’s oldest travel attraction.” Open year-round.


The Boone Area Wine Trail

Our trail to the East’s loftiest vineyards will elevate your appreciation of fine wine—and great scenery. Take this spectacular loop of the High Country for three sophisticated viticultural experiences on a visit to the Grandfather Vineyard & Winery in Foscoe, Banner Elk Winery in Banner Elk, and The 1861 Farmhouse Restaurant & Winery in Valle Crucis. Open all year.


Tweetsie Railroad

The Boone Area’s premier family fun park features a Western-themed ride on an authentic steam train—actually the Boone Area’s first high-tech link to the outside world from the late 1800s to 1940 (Engine # 12 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places). Now the shrill-whistled train nicknamed “Tweetsie” by early residents crosses a trestle, circles a mountain, and encounters robbers and Indians on the way back to a diverse assortment of rides and entertaining options. Great events include a Thomas the Tank Engine visit and October's Ghost Train. Open spring to fall.

Zip-line Adventure

Zip-line thrills are fun for all ages—and the Boone Area now has three outstanding venues for zip-line adventure. You'll soar above-it-all,
including trees and meadows, at Screaming ZiplinesHawksnest Resort in the town of Seven Devils, and Sky Valley Zip Tours just minutes from Boone. Open year-round.



 Blue Ridge Parkway

Linville Caverns Ski Resorts
Grandfather Mountain Mast General Store The Blowing Rock
Horn in the West Mystery Hill Tweetsie Railroad



Appalachian Ski Mountain
Appalachian Ski Mountain
940 Ski Mountain Road PO Box 106
Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605
Phone: 828-295-7828
The NC High Country’s 1st Ski Area. Skiing since 1962. 2 Quad Chairlifts, 1 Double...
Blue Ridge Community Theatre
Blue Ridge Community Theatre
 PO Box 229
Boone, North Carolina 28607
Phone: (828) 963-4440
Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway
 PO Box 2136
Phone: (828) 295-7591
Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the...
Emerald Village
Emerald Village
331 McKinney Mine Road  PO Box 98
Little Switzerland, North Carolina 28749
Phone: (828) 765-6463 ROK-MINE
Spectacular mountain setting in historic mines near the Blue Ridge Parkway and Little...
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
4416 NC Highway 105 South 
Boone, NC 28607
Phone: 828-963-4367
Providing all the equipment needed, you will find gems from all over the world including...
Fun 'N' Wheels
2788 Highway 105 South  
Boone, North Carolina 28607
Phone: (828) 262-3780
Fun 'n' Wheels is open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10:30am-10:30pm. Go...
Grandfather Mountain
Grandfather Mountain
Highway 221 South PO Box 129
Linville, North Carolina 28646
Phone: 828-733-2013
Be inspired by the views from the highest point in the Blue Ridge and escape to a nature...
Hawksnest Resort
Hawksnest Resort
Ski Hawksnest Dr. 
Seven Devils, North Carolina 28604
Phone: 828-963-6561
Welcome to Hawksnest Tubing Park, the largest snow tubing park on the East Coast! Enjoy...
Horn In The West
Horn In The West
591 Horn In The West Boulevard PO Box 295
Boone, North Carolina 28607
Phone: 828-264-2120
Open late June to mid-August. Shows nightly except Monday at 8pm. Exciting family...
Linville Caverns
Linville Caverns
19929 Highway 221 South 
Marion, North Carolina 28752
Phone: 828-756-4171
See inside a mountain...NC's only show cave. Half-hour guided tours into a natural...

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