Boone is famous as a vacation destination with miles of scenic trails, serene lakes, historic sites, climbable cliffs, ski slopes, horseback riding, whitewater rapids, and kayaking spots, plus local Appalachian music and delightful dining just steps away.


Bass Lake

Enjoy a gentle stroll around the tranquil lake, pack a picnic or hike one of the trails for a beautiful day out.

Blowing Rock

A delightful mountain town with quaint shops and restaurants. Perfect base for outdoor adventures or to simply watch the world go by with a hot drink.

Blue Ridge Pkwy

Named as ‘America’s Favorite Drive’, runs for 649 miles through Virginia and North Carolina. Stunning views, trails, picnic sites and natural beauty await!

Grandfather Mountain

The tallest mountain in the Blue Ridge and an ecologically diverse nature preserve. From spectacular mountain scenery and vast hiking trails to the renowned Mile High Swinging Bridge and nature museum, there is something for everyone.

Linville Falls

One of the area’s most popular sights, the water at Linville Falls plummets down from 45 feet into the Linville Falls Gorge. Moderate trails surround the area and offer many vantage points to take in the sights, sound and pure vitality of this natural wonder. Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Skiing & Snowboarding

Boone is known to some as the ski capital of the South. There are three ski slopes within a one hour drive from the center: Appalachian Ski Mountain, Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain. The slopes offer skiing, snowboarding and snow-tubing.

Canoeing, Kayaking, & Whitewater Rafting

With lakes and rivers coursing through the mountains, the Boone area offers beautiful adventures on the water. From a peaceful paddle around Price Lake to more exciting (and challenging!) rapid runs, Boone has it all.

For a complete overview of attractions please visit Explore Boone.

“You drive up this mountain and it’s instant, total bliss. It’s beautiful. Everything about it is magical.”
- Chelsea H.