The High Country is well known for its numerous hiking trails of all skill and age levels as well as its cycling and mountain biking. There is plenty of free hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway, just note the mile marker numbers while planning your adventures, as well as excellent hiking on Grandfather Mountain and in certain communities that house our Blue Ridge Cabin Rentals. Many of our cabins are literally on hiking trails, so grab a bottle of water, lock your front door and start hiking! There are now two major NC Montain Biking Parks in the Boone area, Rocky Knob Bike Park and Kerr Scott Lake Trails. And the Blue Ridge Parkway is well-known for training some of the best cycling athletes in the world, including Lance Armstrong that called Boone the best place to train in the World!

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Mountain Bike WNC – Resource Guide

Another great resource for Mountain Biking near Boone NC. Find trails and popular rides all around Western North Carolina and you will find a few in the Boone, Blowing Rock Banner Elk and West Jefferson area.

Mountain Biking WNC

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Hike WNC – Hiking Resource Guide

Western NC Hiking Trails

This is a great resource for discovering some new and old favorite WNC Hiking Trails.  Find a Hike by difficulty: easy, moderate, difficult and “more difficult.” You will see quite a few in the Boone and surrounding areas.

Hiking Trails near Boone NC

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Magic Cycles – Boone

140 S. Depot St. #2, Boone, NC 28607
Offering bike sales and street Bike Rentals Boone NC as well as Mountain Bike Rentals in Boone. Guided bike trips offered as well as service for your all of your bike needs. Seasonal Weekly Wednesday trips! Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.
Magic Cycles, Boone Bike Rentals
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The Blue Ridge Parkway

469 miles, 250+ overlooks, 26 tunnels, 151 bridges and more views than you can count. 19,000,000 visitors per year, making this the most-visited National Park in the United States. Plenty of Hiking, cabin rental options and some Fun Facts.

Blue Ridge Parkway Facts

 

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Blood Sweat & Gears – June

5 miles South of Boone at the Valle Crucis Elementary School, Valle Crucis NC
Celebrating its 14th year is a strenuous 100 mile loop ride with ever-changing terrain and a cumulative climbing elevation of 13,000+ feet. The 4500 foot climb up Snake Mountain reaches an 18-20% grade near the top! Lance Armstrong calls Boone NC “The best area for training in the whole of the United States.”
Blood Sweat & Gears Boone NC

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Boone Greenway Trail – Boone

Intersection of Hunting Hills Ln and State Farm Road (near Deerfield intersection).

Located just passed the Watauga County Recreation Complex is a wheelchair friendly hiking trails for joggers walkers, rollerbladers and runners. Pet Friendly with leashes. Pass over the New River, passed old ruins, cross 3 bridges, open fields, meadows, mountain stream. Birdwatching Boone NC.

 

 

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Rocky Knob Bike Park – Boone

Off US Hwy 421, 2 miles east of the 194 intersection, just outside Boone limits

Rocky Knob is a 185 acre Boone NC Biking Park with almost 3 miles of Boone Biking Trails already open to the public. Two well-designed biking trails opened in 2011 that also allow Hiking Boone NC! Another 5+ miles of biking trails and a terrain park are currently under construction. Pet friendly on leashes.

Rocky Knob Bike Park for Mountain Biking Boone NC

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Bass Lake – Blowing Rock

Mile Marker 296.4 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, turn towards Blowing Rock, drive 1 mile

A handicap or stroller accessible .8 mile loop around the lake. Located in the valley below Moses Cone Manor, the white pines and Maple trees are truly breathtaking in the Fall. Peace and serenity and even some wildlife. Great for birdwatching Blowing Rock.

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Grandfather Mountain – Linville

Blue Ridge Parkway at Mile Marker 305 (15 mi from Blowing Rock NC)

Grandfather Mountain is home to a mile-high swinging bridge (5280 ft elevation), picnic tables, a nature museum and 12 miles of regularly maintained hiking trails ranging from easy nature trails to more difficult backwoods. Park along the Blue Ridge Parkway just prior to the Grandfather Mtn entrance to enjoy free hiking, otherwise pay per person to enter the park, walk the bridge, visit the museum and enjoy its amenities. Grandfather is a MUST visit while in the High Country!
Grandfather Mountain, a Boone Tourist Attraction

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Linville Falls – Linville

Falls: Mile Marker 316.5 off the Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Falls, NC
Caverns: 19929 US Hwy. 221 No. Marion NC 28752Linville Falls is owned by the National Park Service having been donated by John D Rockefeller Jr, part of the Linville River with a 45 foot drop in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. The Linville area is known as a Hiker’s Paradise, complete with a full campground to stay and visit all of our NC Waterfalls and a vast array of wildlife. Plenty of hiking, campgrounds, swimming and a picnic area. Plenty of view trails to overlooks of the waterfalls.

Linville Falls, Boone Area Attractions

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