Things To Do

The High Country hosts a variety of exciting and fun area attractions.  Don't miss the videos at the bottom of the page.  Also, check out our blog for insider tips!


  • 2014 Fall Color Forecast!  Click here for more details!
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 299-317 Information:  ​Click here for more details!
  • Closest Restaurants:  ​Los Arcoiris (Mexican, 1.66 miles)  Get directions!  ​Italian Pizza & Pasta Restaurant (1.41 miles)  Get directions!
  • Grandfather Mountain (approx. 6 miles)​​:  The highest peak in the Blue Ridge range.  Experience the Mile High swinging bridge, wildlife habitats, hiking trails, nature museum, and much more.  Click here for more details!  Get directions!       
  • Linville Falls (approx. 9 miles):  ​Hiking trails leading to beautiful views of a waterfall with a high-volume 45-foot drop.  Click here for more details!  Get directions!
  • Linville Caverns (approx. 12 miles):  ​Take a guided tour of the underground caverns located in Humpback Mountain discovered in the early 1800s by local fisherman.  Click here for more details!  Get directions!
  • Blue Ridge Parkway (approx. 3 miles):  ​Experience hiking trials, amazing views, picnic and camping sites.  Click here for more details!  Get directions!
  • Sugar Mountain Ski Resort (approx. 9 miles):  Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and ice skating.  Click here for more details!  Events throughout the year include the SugarBrew Summer FestivalOktoberfest, and SugarFest.  Get directions!
  • Beech Mountain Ski Resort (approx. 17 miles):  The "highest town in Eastern America" (elevation 5506 ft) offers skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating.  Click here for more details!  Get directions!
  • Hawknest Ski and Golf Resort (approx. 13 miles):  ​Largest snow tubing park on the East Coast and the longest ziplining course on the East Coast!  Click here for more details!  Get directions!
  • ​Appalachian Ski Mountain (approx. 22 miles):  ​Offers skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating.  Click here for more details!  Get directions!
  • Roan Mountain, TN (approx. 19 miles):  Some of the most spectacular views around...a must see!  Click here for more details!  Get directions!  
  • Ziplining:  see Hawksnest Ski and Golf Resort for the longest ziplining course on the East Coast!
  • Tweetsie Railroad (approx. 24 miles):  ​Amusement park with fun for all ages.  Click here for more details!  Get directions!
  • Blowing Rock (approx. 19 miles):  Quaint town with shopping, restaurants, and events.  Enjoy ice cream and fudge while visiting at Kilwins!  Click here for more details!  Get directions!
  • Banner Elk (approx. 11 miles):  ​Small town with so much to do.  Click here for more details!  Get directions!  We loved our experience at the Bayou Smokehouse restaurant!  Great food, cornhole, bands, and a general store where you can buy a bottle of wine for your table!
  • Grandfather Vineyard and Winery (10 miles):  Click here for more details!  Get directions!  Make a day of it by going on the NC High Country Wine Trail.  Click here for more details!
  • Boone, NC (approx. 21 miles):  Home of Appalachian State University.  Boone has a variety of shopping, restaurants and events.  Click here for more details!  Get directions!  One of our favorite places to visit is the Mast General Store!
  • Asheville, NC (approx. 64 miles):  ​Closest airport and features the world famous Biltmore Estate.  Get directions!
  • White Water Rafting:  Check out these sites for more information!  High Mountain Expeditions (approx. 11 miles)Edge of the World (11 miles), Wahoo's Adventures (approx. 20 miles), USA Raft (approx. 49 miles)
  • Swimming Holes:  Gragg Progg is a popular spot for hiking and swimming (approx. 7 miles).  Click here for more details and directions!  Huntfish Falls is another great spot nearby with a waterfall and swimming hole.  Click here!
  • Waterfalls:   ​Upper Creek Falls , Linville Falls, Grassy Creek Falls, Tom's Creek Falls, Crabtree Falls, Roaring Fork Falls
  • Hiking:  ​Linville Falls (mentioned above), Linville Gorge, Table Rock, Blue Ridge Parkway TrialsCrabtree Falls, Hawksbill Mountain, Beacon Heights, Rough Ridge, Flat Rock Trail, Top Ten Fast Hikes on the Parkway
  • Rock Climbing:  Edge of the World (approx. 11 miles), Rock Dimensions (approx. 19 miles) 
  • Gem Mining:  Sugar Creek Gem Mine (approx. 8 miles), Gem Mountain (approx. 21 miles)
  • Horse Back Riding:  Banner Elk Stables (approx. 12 miles away), Dutch Creek Trails (approx. 20 miles)
  • Grandfather Trout Farm (approx. 9 miles):  Click here for more details!  Get directions!
  • Old Hampton Store & Grist Mill (approx. 3 miles):  One of our personal favorites for many years!  The historic 1920 General Store features a BBQ restaurant with hand pulled hickory smoked pork on a homemade sourdough roll.  Get directions! 
  • The Orchard at Altapass (approx. 19 miles):  ​Family fun with hayrides, guided tours of the historic apple orchard, free live mountain music, and more.  Click here for more details!  Get directions!
  • Spas:  Linville Ridge Day SpaThe Spa at Esceola Lodge, Serenity Day Spa
  • Biltmore Estate:  This is a wonderful day trip to Asheville.  Click here for more details!
  • Cherokee, NC (approx. 113 miles):  Exciting day trip!  This popular Indian reservation is known for its authentic feel, river tubing, and Casino.  Click here for more details!  Get directions!
  • ​Grandfather Mountain Highland Games (approx. 6 miles):  ​A summer festival to honor the gathering of Scottish Clans with music, events, and vendors.  Click here for more details!





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