Unlimited outdoor adventures await you in the eclectic town of Boone, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Rich in history, heritage and surrounded by rugged beauty, Boone is a vacation destination with so much to offer its visitors. Explore the Great Outdoors, visit the many local attractions and walk the streets of bustling downtown Boone with many great restaurants and unique shops.
The Great Outdoors
The Blue Ridge Mountains beckon you with rushing streams, pristine rivers, valley lakes, forests and breath-taking mountain peaks. A delight for every water-sports enthusiast with canoeing, kayaking, tubing, white-water rafting and excellent fly fishing. Explore the mountain peaks on one of the many wilderness trails for mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and climbing. The Pisgah National Forest alone has over 200 miles of exciting trails to explore and the famous Appalachian Trail runs through the mountains of North Carolina.
A scenic drive brings you to the Mile-High Swinging Bridge with spectacular 360 degrees views leading you to Grandfather Mountain’s Linville Peak, the highest point of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy spectacular views of Linville Gorge and Linville Falls. The nearby Linville Caverns is the only publicly accessible cavern, filled with stalactites and stalagmites. Visit one of the local gem mines: Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine, Foggy Mountain Gem Mine and Great Foscoe Mining Company. Explore the back roads on a scenic drive on the Southern and the Northern Loops or a vineyard tour of the areas winemakers and brewmasters. Thrill-seekers can soar above trees and meadows on a thrilling zip-line adventure.
For great winter sports visit one of the three nearby ski resorts: Appalachian Ski Mountain, Sugar Ski Mountain and Beech Ski Resort at Beech Mountain.
There are many local attractions to be discovered in Boone and the nearby towns of Banner Elk and Blowing Rock .
- Horn in the West is a renowned historic outdoor drama that tells the tale of Daniel Boone's adventures and the American Revolution at the Battle of Kings Mountain.
- Hickory Ridge Living History Museum is a collection of 18th and 19th century authentic log cabins.
- Daniel Boone Native Gardens showcases the High Country's world-class biodiversity.
- Mast General Store is a historical and unforgettable shopping experience.
- Mystery Hill is a historic 1898 home, now home to the Appalachian Heritage Museum.
- The Blowing Rock is North Carolina’s oldest travel attraction with spectacular and dramatic views.
- Tweetsie Railroad is a family fun park, take a Western-themed ride on “Tweetsie” an authentic steam train.