The Boone area is home to some wonderful State Parks that are open year-round, including the most visited State Park in the nation, the Blue Ridge Parkway. These North Carolina State Parks offer everything from camping, hiking, biking, fishing and swimming. In addition to the natural beauty of the High Country, there are plenty of Attractions Boone NC for individuals, the whole family or a church retreat. From Linville Caverns and Linville Falls to countless North Carolina Museums and Historic Registry properties, to Horn in the West, The Blowing Rock and Tweetsie Railroad.

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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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Linville Caverns – Linville

This privately maintained and privately owned cave system is a must see! Keep an eye out for little brown bats in the Spring and Fall. A visit to the High Country is not final without a visit to either Linville Caverns or Linville Falls, two of our most visited Tourist Attractions Boone NC. Seasonal hours.

Linville Caverns, a popular Boone Attraction

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Ashe County Cheese Company – West Jefferson

106 E. Main Street in West Jefferson, North Carolina 28694
Visit North Carolina’s oldest cheese making plant in West Jefferson Cheese Shop and watch the fascinating process of cheese making from a free viewing area. Gift shop sells 20+ varieties of locally made cheeses and offers fudge, cheese curds, gifts, souvenirs and old-fashioned candies.
Ashe County Cheese Company West Jefferson Attractions

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Apple Hill Farms – Banner Elk

400 Apple Hill Rd Banner Elk, NC 28604

“A place where animals talk and people listen.” In addition to alpacas, there are now horses, llamas, goats, donkeys, chickens, dogs and cats. Every animal on the farm has a stated job or position. Our animals are treated with great care, respect and love. Always family friendly Banner Elk. Farm Tours typically mid-May to early-October, Alpaca Shearing Day in June and Christmas on Apple Hill Farm.
Apple Hill Farms Banner Elk North Carolina

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Wilkes Heritage Museum – Wilkesboro

100 East Main Street PO Box 935 Wilkesboro, North Carolina 28697

Home to the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame! The Museum is located in the newly restored 1902 Wilkes County Courthouse, preserving the past of   Wilkes County while contributing to the education and culture of the county. Its collection of artifacts and images and stories of early settlement will keep its visitors enlightened and intrigued.

Wilkes Heritage Museum and the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame!

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The Museum of Ashe County History – Jefferson

301 East Main Street, Jefferson, NC 28640

Located in the historic 1904 Ashe County Courthouse building, this Ashe County Museum answers the questions, who are we, where did we come from, how did we get here and what did we do on the way. Permanent exhibits are: story of the courthouse, Veterans honor room, Virginia Railroad Creeper Room and Ashe County Sports Hall of Fame.
Museum of Ashe County History in Jefferson North Carolina

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Church of the Frescoes – Glendale Springs

West Jefferson NC 28694 & Glendale Springs NC 28629
Ben Long’s Frescoe Paintings adorn the walls of two High Country churches, St. Mary’s located in West Jefferson NC and Holy Trinity located in Glendale Springs NC, both are small Episcopalian churches. These religious frescoes are viewed by thousands of visitors every year. These two churches are open daily year-round and are donations only. no fees are charged. Donations, however, are greatly appreciated.

Church of the Frescoes West Jefferson & Glendale Springs

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Yadkin Valley Balloon Adventures – Elkin

Elkin North Carolina (about 1 hr 15 min from Boone)

Offering Hot Air Balloon Rides North Carolina, just 65 miles from Boone NC and in the Yadkin Valley Wine Country, perfect for stunning views Imagine skimming a pond, touching tree tops & then soaring to thousands of feet. Nothing like the experience of your first hot air balloon.

Yadkin Valley Balloon Adventures Elkin NC


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Mount Jefferson State Park – West Jefferson

1481 Mt Jefferson State Park Rd, West Jefferson, NC 28694

On a clear day, you can see for miles from its peak rising more than 1600 feet above Ashe County; fields, farms, forests and mountains mingle in kaleidoscopic patterns. The forests of Mount Jefferson are a botanical paradise with interesting and unusual plant life and bird watching opportunities making this State Park a national natural landmark and Ashe County Park.

Mount Jefferson State Park North Carolina

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New River State Park – Laurel Springs

358 New River State Park Road, Laurel Springs, NC 28644
Believed to be one of the oldest rivers in the US, experience a slow, tranquil, gentle flowing river at the New River State Park. Bass fishing and trout streams, fantastic birding or Boone Birdwatching and there is no better seat in the house than from a canoe or tube, lazily riding the river. Boone Camping & picnicking.
New River State Park in Laurel Springs NC

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