Activities • Outdoors | You had me at “Blue Ridge”. This would be our proverbial wheel-house. We will spare you the awesomes and uniques, and simply invite you to explore a bit what you find below. There is no shortage of absolutely amazing things to do in the High Country. It’s a great outdoors explorer’s paradise. Most of what you see below is within 2-30 minutes of the Inn, 98% is within an hour’s drive. We will work with you and your guests to guide you every step of the way. To obtain more details on the listings below, or view their websites, simply click on their respective names. Brace yourself!
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area | North Carolina
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area recognizes and celebrates the natural abundance and richly varied cultural history of the North Carolina mountains & foothills. It is a place unlike any other on earth, where ancient landscapes enchant the eye and age-old traditions warm the heart. The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area was designated by Congress and the President in November, 2003 in recognition of the unique character, culture, crafts, music, agriculture, and natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and foothills in Western North Carolina. The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area has great significance, not only to historical North Carolina, but also to the history of our nation. The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is dotted with small towns and cities with downtowns and neighborhoods that have been officially designated as Historic Districts in North Carolina. Some of these quaint small Appalachian towns began as post-Revolutionary War settlements. Others evolved from 19th-century farm communities or as a direct result of the coming of the railroad to Western North Carolina after the Civil War. Blue Ridge Heritage Trail interpretive signs tell the rich natural and cultural heritage stories of Western North Carolina. The Mast Farm Inn and The Mast General Store were each designated as one of the 69 Official Blue Ridge National Heritage markers and receiving our interpretive signs and historic marker at The Inn in 2015. It features Josephine Mast, Woodrow Wilson and The Loom House. Very excited to have 2 out of the 69 official markers in Valle Crucis, North Carolina.
The Blue Ridge Parkway | North Carolina
The Blue Ridge Parkway is America’s most visited National Park unit and is known as “America’s favorite drive.” Its 469 miles connect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Along the way, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers stunning views of the Blue Ridge mountains, forests, and pastoral landscapes, with abundant hiking trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, and interpretive signage. Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most popular units of the National Park System. Wind through mountain meadows and past seemingly endless vistas. Split-rail fences, old farmsteads and historic structures complement spectacular views of distant mountains and neighboring valleys. The Shull’s Mill entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway is located 15 minutes from The Inn. A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other, a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands.
The Appalachian Trail | North Carolina
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail is approximately 2,200 miles long. The trail passes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. South of the Smokies on the Appalachian Trail are the long climbs of the Stecoah-Cheoah Mountain area, then the outstanding Nantahala section, with 4,000-foot gaps and 5,000-foot peaks. Cheoah Bald offers panoramic views of western North Carolina. Like much of the A.T. in the deep South, you have a feeling of remoteness, and a sensation of being in deep forests. The variety of forest growth and the beauty of the flowering shrubs, along with the many spectacular views, make this entire section of Trail memorable. The section from the Nantahala River to the Georgia border features the best-graded trail at high elevations anywhere in the Deep South, with a couple of short exceptions. There are lots of views from natural openings and fire towers, some requiring short side trips. The notion of a “super trail” had been a parlor topic in New England hiking-organization and even academic circles for some time, but the October 1921 publication of “An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning” in the Journal of the American Institute of Architects is almost universally seen as the moment of birth for the Appalachian Trail.
Grandfather Mountain | Linville, North Carolina
The views are ancient. Anyone who visits Grandfather Mountain discovers a place that inspires awe through natural wonders. Grandfather Mountain was recognized as an International Biosphere Reserve by The United Nations in November of 1992. In May of 2009 there were 553 biosphere reserves in 107 countries. Located 20 minutes from The Inn, Grandfather Mountain‘s lofty heights offer guests opportunities for rejuvenation, excitement and family memories in a natural haven that will endure forever. Marvel at 360-degree views from the Mile High Swinging Bridge, stand eye-to-eye with native wildlife in natural habitats and interact with Grandfather Mountain’s friendly & knowledgeable staff.
Linville Falls & Gorge | Linville, North Carolina
Located 20 minutes from The Inn, Linville Gorge, near the town of Linville Falls, North Carolina, is the deepest and one of the most rugged and scenic gorges in the eastern United States and an ideal excursion for backpackers. Nicknamed “The Grand Canyon of the East”, it is protected by the 12,000-acre Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, one of the first areas to be included in the National Wilderness System with the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964. The steep walls of Linville Gorge enclose the Linville River for 12 miles. The river, which begins at Grandfather Mountain, enters the gorge at the spectacular Linville Falls then descends over 2,000 feet before breaking into the Catawba Valley on its way to Lake James. The Cherokee called it “Eeseeoh,” meaning “river of many cliffs,” a reference to the many vertical rock outcroppings that line the gorge. The Linville Gorge Wilderness Area is a magnet for hikers, backpackers, and rock climbers. Linville Gorge is prime habitat for wildlife, including deer, bear, raccoon, turkey, and ruffled grouse. Hunting and fishing are allowed but permits are required. The Linville Gorge Wilderness Area is managed by the US Forest Service as part of the Pisgah National Forest. You can find the best collection of Linville Gorge maps available by clicking here.
The New River | North Carolina
Rugged hillsides, pastoral meadows and farmlands surround what is believed to be one of the oldest rivers in North America the New River. Its waters are slow and placid. Its banks are fertile and covered with wildflowers. Dedicated as a National Scenic River in 1976, this gentle river is the centerpiece of New River State Park. The northwestern corner of North Carolina is New River country. Here, the north and south forks of the New River flow north from headwaters in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Winding more than 100 miles through forested mountains and pastoral valleys, the forks join just a few miles south of the North Carolina-Virginia line. The New River continues its unusual northward flow through southwestern Virginia and West Virginia into the Kanawha and Ohio rivers, its waters eventually reaching the Gulf of Mexico by way of the Mississippi River.
The Pisgah National Forest | North Carolina
The Pisgah National Forest is a land of mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls, and heavily forested slopes. Comprised of over 500,000 acres, the Pisgah is primarily a hardwood forest with whitewater rivers, waterfalls and hundreds of miles of trails. This national forest is home of the first tract of land purchased under the Weeks Act of 1911 which led to the creation of the national forests in the eastern United States. It is also home of the first school of forestry in the United States, now preserved at the Cradle of Forestry in America historic site, and boasts two of the first designated wilderness areas in the east. The Pisgah, Grandfather and Appalachian Ranger Districts are scattered along the eastern edge of the mountains of western North Carolina and offer visitors a variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation and enjoying the natural beauty of the mountains. The 192,000-acre Grandfather District of Pisgah National Forest stretches from near Black Mountain, along the east side of the Blue Ridge Parkway, to just south of Blowing Rock. The forest provides outstanding recreation, spectacular scenery, a vast array of wildlife habitat, and sustainable timber.
The Watauga River | North Carolina
The Mast Farm Inn is located on The Watauga River. It is 78 miles long with its headwaters on the slopes of Grandfather Mountain and Peak Mountain in Watauga County, North Carolina. Popular recreation activities pursued on the Watauga River include Whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, fly fishing, and angling with fishing reels. Watauga River contains Rainbow trout, brown trout, and striped bass. The Watauga River downstream of the TVA dams draws commercial rafting outfitters from both northeast Tennessee and western North Carolina during the summer months and commercial fishing guides throughout the year. The picturesque Class II+ Bee Cliff Rapids on the Watauga River, also referred to as the “Anaconda Rapids”, are found downstream between Wilbur Dam and the Siam Bridge. Once regarded as some of the hairiest whitewater in the Southeast, the Watauga has a long standing and well regarded reputation for fly-fishing and high quality whitewater.
Watauga Lake | Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee
Located 20 minutes from The Inn, Watauga Lake’s surface covers 10.05 square miles of two mostly-rural Tennessee counties: Johnson County and Carter County. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest in northeastern Tennessee, Watauga Lake, enjoys some of the most beautiful lake and mountain views in the ‘Volunteer State’. Started in 1942 and finally dammed on the last day of 1948, Watauga Lake is the TVA’s highest-elevated reservoir in Tennessee. Surrounded by densely forested mountains in the “high country”, Watauga Lake sits 1,959 feet above sea level. The Cherokee National Forest surrounds both the Tennessee Valley Authority Watauga Reservoir and Wilbur Reservoir in an area of northeast Tennessee that the TVA describes as being located in some of the most beautiful country in the Tennessee River watershed. More than half of Watauga Lake’s shoreline lies within the Cherokee National Forest and cannot be developed. Recreational uses include boating, fishing, water-skiing, and camping. There is no horsepower limit or speed limit for boats operating on the lake. Several fee-based public and private boat launch ramps provide access on the Hampton side of the reservoir.
River And Earth Adventures | Boone, North Carolina
We’re your one stop shop in western North Carolina and beyond for kayaking, rafting, tubing, hiking, and caving and so much more. Voted the Number 1 for outdoor adventure in Boone, North Carolina on TripAdvisor by visitors from around the world! Five years running in the Number 1 position! World class white water rafting in Asheville, North Carolina. North Carolina Rafting and Caving at it’s best! With river tubing in Asheville on the French Broad River! And as always, tubing in Boone on the Watauga and New Rivers! River and Earth Adventures offers four amazing locations to service all of your outdoor adventure needs!
Foscoe Fishing Company | Foscoe, North Carolina
Foscoe Fishing Company & Outfitters is the only Orvis Endorsed Flyfishing Outfitter and Guide Service in North Carolina’s High Country. We operate a full service fly shop in Boone, North Carolina and offer high quality fly fishing on the Watauga, Linville, Toe, Elk, New River, and many other pristine mountain streams that are located near our shop. The shop is open all year round and we have a professional knowledgeable staff. We also offer float and walk guides on the tailrace waters of Tennessee on the famous Watauga and South Holston Rivers.
Apple Hill Farm | Banner Elk, North Carolina
Apple Hill Farm is home to more than just a few alpacas and animals for our personal enjoyment. We are a family of 9 kinds of animals, 15 fields, 4 barns and many sheds covering 10 acres of mountaintop land. Mountain view, farm featuring Alpacas, Llamas, Goats, Donkeys and Horses. Guided walking tours, private, group and school tours year round. Visit our unique mountaintop alpaca farm and store, and connect to what matters – your self, your family, a real farm experience.
Rock Dimensions | Boone, North Carolina
Rock Dimensions has been in business since August 1998, continuing to grow as we provide guided climbing trips and instruction to a variety of groups and individuals. We are PCIA certified climbing guides in Boone NC, dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable climbing program for all of our clients. Climbing is an adventure of place, self, movement and moment! Challenge yourself physically and mentally, explore your outer limits, and embrace the opportunity to connect with nature in a very personal way. Whether you are a complete novice, looking to hone up and build on your previous climbing skills, or fall somewhere in between, Rock Dimensions looks forward to the opportunity to help guide you to that new dimension! Our guides and instructors are skilled climbers. Learn from those with a passion for the outdoors and the adventure of climbing!
River Girl Fishing Company | Todd, North Carolina
Located in the historic Todd Train Depot. Full service fly fishing lessons & guided trips, bait, tackle, canoe, kayak, tube and bicycle rentals, hiking, camping and outdoor supplies, and fishing gifts. Visit our pristine South Fork at the New River! Fly tying and rod building classes available. Fishing and Hunting Licenses. Kayak, Canoe, Tube and Bicycle Rentals. Live. Learn. Fish!
The Orchard At Altapass
In 1995 Katherine Trubey purchased 280 acres of unrestricted land straddling the Blue Ridge Parkway to preserve its historic beauty and prevent development that would destroy the views from the Parkway. Though the land was bought as a preservation project, the new owners recognized that they had much more than Blue Ridge Parkway views and heritage apples to preserve. “Kit” Trubey, together with Bill and Judy Carson, began a journey: to preserve the unique history and culture of Altapass, and to use The Orchard at Altapass location to showcase it.
Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park | Boone, North Carolina
Rocky Knob is an 185 acre park in Boone, North Carolina. In 2010, Watauga County, in partnership with the Watauga County Tourism Development Authority, received a grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to assist with the acquisition and development for Rocky Knob Park. Three professional trail building companies worked with BAC volunteers to create about 8 miles of mountain bike trails for all skill levels, and accessible to hikers and trail runners, 4 skills areas, and a pump track. Rocky Knob hosts 6-8 miles of mountain bike trails, three shelters, an adventure playground, and picnic areas.
Valle Crucis Community Park | Valle Crucis, North Carolina
A small mountain community located in the northwest corner of the North Carolina High Country, the heart of this picturesque hamlet is nestled at the conjunction of three rivers – the Watauga, Dutch Creek, and Clark’s Creek. It is an area of uncommon beauty with its rolling hills, pastoral valleys, and pristine rivers and streams. Although no official population statistics are available, there is a general consensus that Valle Crucis contains about 600 year-round residents. The rustic countryside provides ample opportunities for recreational activities. Both residents and visitors alike can be found enjoying the amenities at the riverfront community park. The Valle Crucis Community Park is an important component of community life for our area. The Park serves residents of Watauga, Avery, and Ashe Counties in North Carolina as well as visitors from other parts of the state and nation. The Park’s twenty-three acres provide an ideal setting for walking, jogging, picnicking, and fishing. Park fields are also used for several sporting events.
Julian Price Memorial Park & Price Lake | Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Located 20 minutes from The Inn, at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, the Park is adjacent to Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and together the two comprise the largest area developed for recreation along the Parkway. Comprising more than 4,300 acres, including a small lake, Julian Price Memorial Park offers many activities, including hiking, fishing, canoeing, camping, guided walks, and evening campfire programs. The grounds include 100 picnic sites, with shelters and comfort stations. A 300-seat amphitheater is used for lectures and talks during the summer months. Canoes can be rented for use on Price Lake.
Bass Lake | Blowing Rock, North Carolina
A classic, handicapped-accessible hike or cross country ski tour around a scintillating High Country lake. This is an extremely easy, scenic, 0.8-mile loop that is unpaved but suitable for wheelchairs and baby carriages (no bicycles or horses permitted). Cross country skiers will want to ski this soon after snow. This is a route that’s ideal for either a leisurely stroll or a brisk hike, and the trail is popular with residents of the nearby towns of Blowing Rock and Boone. Part of the way around the lake you’ll have a fine, distant view of Flat Top Manor, the magnificent house that now houses the Parkway Craft Center.
Crabtree Falls | Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
The strenuous 2.5-mile Crabtree Falls Loop Trail is one of western North Carolina’s best waterfall hikes-especially on a sunny spring day after significant rain. There also a campground, picnic area, snack bar and gift shop on hand so you can base yourself near the trail. Crabtree Falls is at Milepost 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, about 15 miles north of Mount Mitchell and 24 miles south of Linville Falls.
Roan Mountain | Roan Mountain, Tennessee
Roan Mountain is located on the North Carolina and Tennessee border and has great views of both states. Roan Mountain State Park is one of Tennessee’s Crown Jewel State Parks. Roan Mountain offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in Appalachia. Roan Mountain has the largest Rhododendron gardens in the world, with over 600 acres of gardens. The best time to catch the blooms and the view is mid-June. You can drive to the top of Roan Mountain State Park and take short paths to the views. Located on TN Hwy 143 at the base of the majestic 6,285 Roan Mountain, Roan Mountain State Park encompasses more than 2,000 acres dominated by rich hardwood forest along rugged ridges. The cool, clear Doe River winds its way through the center of the park and supports a healthy population of trout. Wildflowers and wildlife inhabit the hollows and ridges of the Roan foothills in abundance. Roan Mountain State Park is located 40 minutes from The Mast Farm Inn.
Table Rock | Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
The iconic landmark of the Pisgah National Forest in Burke County is Table Rock Mountain. Both a quiet place to ponder and a challenging place to climb, Table Rock Mountain has something for everyone. Located off NC 181 near Linville Falls in the Pisgah National Forest, Grandfather Ranger District. There are 3 popular climbing faces for adventures. Table Rock, called “Attocoa” by the Cherokee Indians, was their mystic altar for sacred ceremonies. Known as Burke County’s natural landmark, Table Rock towers at 3950 feet above sea level. The views overlooking the Linville Gorge are spectacular. Located 50 minutes from The Mast Farm Inn.
Tater Hill | Creston, North Carolina
Paragliding and Hang Gliding. Tater Mountain is a private site; open to flying from March thru November only with permission from the owner. Join us at the end of July 2015 for the 10th Annual Tater Hill Open. A Paragliding and Hang Gliding Competition in the beautiful mountains surrounding Boone, North Carolina! This time of year offers an opportunity for some great cross country flights. Last year we saw 40 and 50 mile Paragliding flights from Tater Hill during the first week in August. The elevation at Tater is around 5000′ ASL so it offers a unique chance for foot launch flying on the East Coast. All Pilots flying at Tater Hill Anytime, must be members of USHPA due to new Insurance regulations. Located 30 minutes from The Mast Farm Inn.
Southern Skies | Taylorsville, North Carolina
We offer an introductory class for $220. It’s a one day event, introducing you to the very basics of Paragliding and Powered Paragliding! Southern Skies is committed to providing a safe learning environment for motoring. So we keep an 85 acre field for learning to motor and flying in general. It has many places to launch and land suitable for any wind direction, always a downhill launch. Southern Skies operates a full-time store with gliders, spare parts, accessories and equipment in stock. They have a flight simulator which is also convenient for hanging in a new harness or setting up your new equipment. Classroom time includes the basics of flight, weather and videos. Southern Skies specializes in Customer Service.
Mount Mitchel | North Carolina
There are a few places in the world that still stand apart from the ordinary. Rising more than a mile high, surrounded by the gentle mist of low-hanging clouds, Mount Mitchell State Park is one of these extraordinary places. In the crest of the timeworn Black Mountains lies the summit of Mount Mitchell, at an elevation 6,684 feet it is the highest point east of the Mississippi. For those who ascend this mighty peak, what looms in the horizon is a feast for the eyes–breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, rolling ridges and fertile valleys. Forested and forever misty, 1,946-acre Mount Mitchell State Park will provide you with some of the most tranquil moments you’ll ever experience.
Mount Jefferson | Jefferson, North Carolina
Mount Jefferson rises abruptly to more than 1,600 feet above the surrounding landscape, serving as a landmark for area motorists. Though the mountain is magnificent from a distance, Mount Jefferson is best appreciated up close. On a clear day, you can see for miles from its peak. A great part of Ashe County spreads out below fields, farms, forests and mountains mingle in kaleidoscopic patterns. On the horizon, the Blue Ridge Mountains form a striking backdrop. Mount Jefferson State Natural Area is a botanical paradise. The slopes and summit of the mountain are home to a diverse population of trees, shrubs and wildflowers. This large variety of interesting and unusual plants qualified the area for designation as a national natural landmark by the National Park Service in 1974.
Rough Ridge | The Blue Ridge Parkway
Hike the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Tanawha Trail to awesome views on Grandfather Mountain’s Rough Ridge. Enjoy spectacular mountain views of Grandfather Mountain, Linn Cove Viaduct and Linville Gorge, with distant views into the Piedmont. This wonderful hike in the Pisgah National Forest is part of the 13-mile Tanawha Trail and Mountains-to-Sea Trail that continues south to Beacon Heights along the Linn Cove Viaduct or north to Julian Price Park
The Cascades, Glen Burney Falls, Glen Marie Falls | Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Just outside the center of the vacation town of Blowing Rock, NC, lies the town’s own Annie Cannon Memorial Park. The park is located on New Years Creek below Mayview Lake, as it flows off the side of the Blue Ridge Escarpment and into the John’s River gorge. The main attraction in the park are the three waterfalls along the creek: Glen Burney Falls, The Cascades, and Glen Marie Falls. The easy, 1-mile loop of the Cascades Trail explores the forest that perches on the edge of the Blue Ridge. The path wanders the crest above the Piedmont to Falls Creek just as a water shoots over the cliff. Along the trail, twenty interpretive plaques describe the trees of the Blue Ridge. The main species are all here.
Elk Knob | Todd, North Carolina
Elk Knob State Park is one of the newest additions to the North Carolina State Parks System. Currently, it is in an interim development stage with a park office/contact station, a maintenance facility, picnic area, parking areas, a trail to the summit of Elk Knob, and backcountry camping areas. At this time, visitors can hike to the summit by following a newly constructed trail 1.9 miles to the summit.
Appalachian Angler | Boone, North Carolina
Appalachian Angler is the pioneer of float fishing in the Southeast and takes pride in offering the most experienced guides in the region. Our goal is to provide each guest with a memorable fly fishing trip, as well as a knowledge base to pursue fly-fishing as a lifetime hobby.The Appalachian Angler Guides are trained professionals who spend immeasurable hours guiding and fishing our rivers. The guides work exclusively for Appalachian Angler and are renowned for their expertise on the South Holston and Watauga Rivers. The Angler has been offering guided fishing trips since 1986.
Elk Creek Outfitters | Boone, North Carolina
Trout and Smallmouth fishing in the Southeast is some of the best in the nation.We offer trips for various species and accommodate both fly fishermen and spin fishermen; however, several sections of river we fly-fish exclusively. It is Elk Creek Outfitters’ goal to consistently exceed our guests’ expectations by providing quality fishing adventures tailored to the individual. We achieve this through our extensive knowledge base, years of guiding experience, and honest, hard work.
Dutch Creek Trails | Vilas, North Carolina
Enjoy wooded trails, old farm fields, views of the valley surrounded by beautiful blue mountains, and southern hospitality. Whether you are an experienced cowboy or a little green, our skilled staff and gentle horses make for a pleasant visit. Ask for details about party activities and rates.
Our ride is a little longer than an hour and covers a wide variety of trails and views. If our basic ride is not what you want, tell us and we’ll see what we can come up with.
Vx3 Trail Rides | Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Guided trail rides in and around Blowing Rock with an experienced guide & trustworthy horses. Rides are 2-4 hours long. See the mountains of North Carolina like never before! Moses Cone Park Trails are the best in the southeast. Enjoy customized horseback riding with experienced trail guide Tim Vines. Trustworthy horses with easy trails.
Leatherwood Mountains | Ferguson, North Carolina
Not only does Leatherwood Mountains offer some of the finest Real Estate in Western North Carolina, but it is also one of the premier equestrian communities in the country. The Blue Ridge Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for NC Horseback Riding, and Leatherwood has a wide variety of deeded, maintained trails that range from easy, wide forest paths to rugged mountain trails. Regardless of experience or skill level, you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Our equine center also offers full service boarding including 60 stalls, outdoor show-sized riding ring, a generous covered and lighted arena for riding in less than ideal conditions, horseback riding lessons and a training program, guided trail riding services, and events year round.
Watauga County Farmers’ Market | Boone, North Carolina
Every week from May to November you will find quality locally farmed meats, fresh produce, artisan cheeses, dried and fresh cut flowers, hardy local plants, delicious edibles, and a wide variety of quality crafts. The Watauga County Farmers’ Market encourages and promotes local agriculture, horticulture, value added, and craft industries in Watauga County and the adjacent area. It provides producers a site to market their goods directly to the consumer; and provides consumers a market to obtain quality goods directly from local producers.
Ashe County Farmers Market | West Jefferson, North Carolina
Delicious, locally grown produce, nursery plants, jellies, baked goods, handmade crafts and much more! Demonstrations and contests held throughout the season. Open Saturdays 8am-1pm, from April through October and Wednesdays from 8am-1pm during the summer months! A special Holiday themed market is open from Thanksgiving weekend through the first weekend in December.
Grandfather Trout Farm | Banner Elk, North Carolina
If you’ve never fished a day in your life, we’ll be happy to help you get started. Our 3 trout ponds are stocked to the brim with Rainbow Trout. No license needed and you only pay for what you catch. We supply rod and reels, bait and towels, ice and bags. Something for the whole family! Open Year Round and no reservations required.
High Mountain Expeditions | Banner Elk, North Carolina
Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with two locations in Boone and Banner Elk, North Carolina. High Mountain Expeditions offers outdoor activities, such as North Carolina whitewater rafting. Nolichucky Rafting – The Nolichucky River is about an hour away from Banner Elk. We start in Poplar and enjoy class 3 and 4 rapids through 11-mile gorge. Lunch and some time for swimming and surfing make for a great end to the day. We finish the trip in Erwin, Tennessee. ~ Watauga River Rafting – The Watauga River is about one hour away from Banner Elk, and it is the ideal trip for families with small children. High Mountain Expeditions helped pioneer the NC whitewater rafting over 25 years ago. Since then, our dedication to quality, excellence in trip safety, and the best guides in the industry provides you peace of mind that you are in the hands of the best. Year after year High Mountain Expeditions consistently guides more guests down the rivers we run than anyone else. High Mountain Expeditions has thousands of repeat guests every season. Over 80% of our new guests are a result of recommendations from past guests. We feel these recommendations are a direct result of the areas in which we strive for perfection.
Daniel Boone Native Gardens | Boone, North Carolina
The Daniel Boone Native Gardens, located near downtown Boone, N.C., contain an outstanding collection of native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. Hundreds of plant varieties provide a progression of blooms throughout the growing season. Opened in 1963, the three-acre Daniel Boone Native Gardens are an educational and conservation effort to nurture rare or endangered plant species.
Wahoo’s Adventures | Boone, North Carolina
Watauga River’s fast-moving waters and gentle rapids offer the ideal setting for even the smallest of children and non-swimmers alike. Our tour is geared toward first-timers, and provides the entire family a safe, fun, sharing experience in the great outdoors. Older children have the choice of riding self-bailing rafts or funyaks, while the smallest ride with the security of a guide in a raft, half and full day tours with the options of our famous deli buffet or BBQ catering for private parties. Wahoo’s is the oldest outdoor expedition company in the High Country. For 37 years, Wahoo’s has consistently offered the highest quality whitewater rafting, canoeing, tubing, and hiking adventures available. Headquartered in Boone, NC, we have twice been voted “Outfitter of the Year” by the Professional Paddle sports Association. Wahoo’s is nationally acclaimed for award-winning service, safety, catering, and innovation in adventuring, while continually raising the bar in the southeastern paddle sports industry! Any size group can be accommodated.
Wilson Creek | Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
Forty-nine thousand acres of wilderness comprise the Wilson Creek area, one of North Carolina’s most pristine and rugged terrains. Camping, kayaking, hunting and fishing, waterfall hikes, off-road driving, and mountain biking are available in selected areas. Opportunities for adventure and activity abound for every skill level including the most experienced outdoorsmen. The stream starts atop 5,920-foot high Grandfather Mountain, just 100 yards above the Blue Ridge Parkway. Twenty miles later, the headwaters rush through the Blue Ridge Mountains into a 200-foot deep gorge of granite bedrock.
MerleFest | Wilkesboro, North Carolina
MerleFest, a four-day event, which USA Today described as a “happy, family friendly festival that’s loved by musicians who come to play and those who come to add their energy by listening, as well,” will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, gathering to celebrate the memory of musician Eddy Merle Watson, beloved son of American music icon Doc Watson. MerleFest also provides family activities, heritage crafts, food, dance, and shopping in a safe, alcohol-free environment. MerleFest has evolved into the most important annual ticketed event in northwest North Carolina and the world’s foremost Americana music festival. In so doing MerleFest has defined and lead the way for the emerging field called Americana music.
The Virginia Creeper Trail | Damascus, Virginia
Located 45 minutes from the Mast Farm Inn, The Virginia Creeper Trail is a shared-use trail, for mountain biking, hiking, and equine activities, connecting Abingdon, Virginia, with the Virginia-North Carolina border 1.1 miles east of Whitetop Station, Virginia. Numerous outfitters in Damascus rent bikes and drop people at the trailhead. The total length of the trail is 33.4 miles and it is a gentle downhill slope through forests, and along rivers and streams requiring almost no pedaling. The Creeper Trail as it exists today was completed in 1984 and is maintained by public-private partnerships between the U.S. Forest Service, towns of Abingdon and Damascus, and “Creeper Keeper” trail volunteers. There are 3 visitor centers along the trail: one at the Damascus Caboose, the old Green Cove Station, and the rebuilt Whitetop Station.
Horn In The West | Boone, North Carolina
Loved by young and old alike, the Horn in the West drama is located in the heart of Boone North Carolina in one of the most beautiful outdoor theatres in the country. This adventure, from our nation’s heritage, has offered thrilling outdoor entertainment to generations of Americans since it premiered in 1952. Centered around the frontiersman Daniel Boone and the fight for American Independence, Horn in the West is a thrilling look back at our nation’s beginnings.
Hickory Ridge Living History Museum | Boone, North Carolina
The Mountains of North Carolina are rich in history. The Cherokee Indians, Daniel Boone and other early explorers and settlers are an important part of the history of our country. At the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum you can learn what life was like in the 1700s as our country was formed and expanded. Hickory Ridge Living History Museum is located on the grounds of Horn in the West, the nation’s oldest Revolutionary War drama, in Boone, North Carolina. Hickory Ridge Living History Museum was created in 1980 to foster a better understanding of the life of the settlers in the Horn in the West outdoor drama.
Edge of the World | Banner Elk, North Carolina
Ready for a whitewater adventure the whole family can enjoy? Join us on a rafting adventure down the scenic Watauga River. We’ve been rafting there for 35 years, and it’s just as fun summer after summer! We’ve got everything covered from gear to professional whitewater guides to photos of your family to a real home cooked lunch, straight from April’s kitchen.
Watauga Kayak | Elizabethton, Tennessee
Watauga Kayak provides guided Whitewater Rafting In Tennessee, White Water Rafting In North Carolina, river and lake kayaking adventures and Whitewater Kayaking In North Carolina. Watauga Kayak is within easy driving distance of Valle Crucis, Boone, Banner Elk, Roan Mountain, Blowing Rock, Mountain City, Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, and Asheville.
Loafers Glory Rafting & Tubing | Loafers Glory, North Carolina
The mountains of Western North Carolina are the ideal backdrop for your adventure filled vacation. We offer fun for the whole family with age 4 rafting and tubing on the Toe River. Our outpost is located in Mitchell County, NC in a small community known as Loafers Glory. We are conveniently located to Bakersville, Spruce Pine, Linville, Banner Elk, Burnsville, Asheville, NC and Johnson City, TN. Outdoor adventure abounds here with hiking on the Appalachian Trail, Caving, gem mining, and horseback in addition to rafting and tubing. The Blue Ridge Parkway isn’t far for a beautiful scenic drive. Located 50 minutes from the Mast Farm Inn.
Cherokee Adventures | Erwin, Tennessee
Cherokee Adventures, established in 1979, is proud to serve outdoor enthusiasts just like you! Our goal, here at Cherokee Adventures, is to provide you with the best overall experience possible. Over the past 26 years we have perfected ways to serve you like no other! Our home base is centrally located in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee just outside of Erwin where many area attractions are within driving distance. Our specialty is the scenic Nolichucky River. The Nolichucky, winding through both North Carolina and Tennessee, offers a variety of whitewater rapids that cut their way through a beautiful 3000′ gorge. Located an hour from The Mast Farm Inn.
Zaloo’s Canoes, Kayaks & Tubes | Jefferson, North Carolina
Zaloo’s Canoes offers the finest canoe kayak and tube trips. We specialize in canoe and kayak trips for Scouts, families, friends and corporate groups on the historic and scenic New River, an American Heritage River. Truly a great canoeing, kayaking and tubing river for a child’s or beginners first river experience. We are the oldest and friendliest canoeing, tubing, and kayaking outfitter in the area with thirty six years of experience.
Riverside Canoe | Crumpler, North Carolina
Riverside Canoe in Crumpler, NC offers New River Canoeing in Northeastern Ashe County. With us you can Canoe on the south fork along the 26 mile section of the National Wild & Scenic New River. We offer canoe, kayak, tube and bike rentals. Our self guided New River paddling trips range from 2 hours to 8 hours or overnight. We also offer overnight guided trips. If you’re not sure what trip to take, give us a call and we’ll be happy to go over the details of each New River Canoeing trip with you. Lessons are available for those who are unsure or haven’t paddled before. Located 50 minutes from The Mast Farm Inn.
New River Outfitters | Scottville, North Carolina
New River Outfitters is the oldest, most experienced, and most complete outfitter on the New River in North Carolina. Since 1976 we have been helping individuals, families, and groups enjoy the beautiful New River by canoe. We use only the best equipment and strive to give prompt, courteous service to give you the most enjoyment. When you plan your trip on the New this year, be sure to schedule it with the best – New River Outfitters. Located 50 minutes from The Mast Farm Inn.
Fort Defiance | Lenoir, North Carolina
Fort Defiance, near Lenoir, North Carolina, is a historic home built by a Revolutionary War hero in 1792 that has been restored to its 18th and 19th century splendor. The house features over 300 pieces of original furnishings and historic artifacts. The five-acre property includes fine beech and hybrid chestnut trees, a 200-year old boxwood garden, and a family cemetery. Visitors can take guided tours and have a picnic on the grounds.Fort Defiance, named for a frontier fort that stood nearby, was the 18th century home designed by William Lenoir for his growing family. Construction began in 1788, with William Lenoir overseeing every step of the building process. He completed building the home in 1792. Every aspect of the home was designed and constructed under the watchful eye of William. From the rounded edge of the shingles to the bricks used in the “Winter Kitchen”. Each design had a purpose from function to aesthetics.
The Emerald Outback | Beech Mountain, North Carolina
The Emerald Outback @ Beech Mountain is a year-round destination for hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers. At 5,400 feet high in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the Emerald Outback has more than eight miles of gorgeous and challenging trails. The system includes mostly single-track and double-track trails, interspersed with a few grassy roads and a gravel fire road.
Linville Caverns | Marion, North Carolina
Located at the southern gateway to western NC’s High Country region, Linville Caverns is an ideal destination for visitors of all ages. The beauty of our mountains is echoed within Humpback Mountain and visitors are invited to explore the splendor and wonders nature created “inside a mountain”.
Hawksnest Zip Line | Seven Devils, North Carolina
Hawksnest currently has 20 ziplines including 4 mega zips, 2 over 2000 feet long and 2 over 1500 feet long. With 4 miles of zipline riding with heights over 200 feet and speeds up to 50 mph. Ziplines are over trees, through trees, over lakes and creeks with panoramic views on almost every ride. Experience the biggest and best with the spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Sky Valley Zip Tours | Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Experience a real canopy tour and zip line adventure that takes you in and above the trees. With over a mile of cable and elevations of up to 300 feet, the course features 9 ziplines, cliff jumping, a swinging bridge, waterfalls and more. The course is professionally designed and constructed as well as operated by the group that brought you Plumtree Canopy Tours.. All equipment is provided including the added security of a full-body harness, helmet, gloves, and two trained canopy rangers per group.
Mount Jefferson State Natural Area | West Jefferson, North Carolina
Mount Jefferson rises abruptly to more than 1,600 feet above the surrounding landscape, serving as a landmark for area motorists. Acquaint yourself with this mighty peak by viewing it first from the Mount Jefferson Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Rising as a long, forested prominence, its dark color is conspicuous among neighboring peaks on the Ashe plateau. Though the mountain is magnificent from a distance, Mount Jefferson is best appreciated up close. On a clear day, you can see for miles from its peak. A great part of Ashe County spreads out below; fields, farms, forests and mountains mingle in kaleidoscopic patterns. On the horizon, the Blue Ridge Mountains form a striking backdrop.
Appalachian Ski Mountain | Blowing Rock, North Carolina
The High Country’s first ski area. Three terrain parks and 12 ski slopes. Night skiing begins December. Outdoor ice skating arena. Equipment rentals with 2200 sets of skis and 650 snowboards plus clothing and helmet rentals. Located 20 minutes from The Mast Farm Inn, Appalachian Ski Mountain is a special place to choose for your vacation, daycation, or family trip. From the moment you arrive, you will notice the attention to detail that we are known for. A roaring fire in the Lodge’s dining room, wireless internet, heated sidewalks, automatic doors, music on the slopes, seat pads on all lift chairs – these represent a few of the details our guests enjoy every day.
Ski Sugar | Sugar Mountain, North Carolina
Located 30 minutes from The Mast Farm Inn, Sugar Mountain, North Carolina is perhaps best known for the ski area, the largest ski area in North Carolina. The Sugar Mountain ski area offers excellent snow skiing and snow boarding, but also tubing, which is another great way to enjoy the snow. Tubing is the perfect activity for smaller children and families.
Beech Mountain Ski Resort | Beech Mountain, North Carolina
Located 45 minutes from The Mast Farm Inn, Beech Mountain Resort is a total Winter experience. With excellent skiing, day or night, and a charming Alpine Village filled with intriguing shops, tempting restaurants and more… you’ll find that Beech Mountain Resort offers a winter wonderland of fun and activities for all members of your family or group!
Beech Mountain Sledding | Beech Mountain, North Carolina
Located 45 minutes from The Mast Farm Inn. During the winter months, the Town of Beech Mountain, located about 35 minutes from the Inn, offers a free public sledding hill for children 12 and under. With snow making capabilities, the hill is open all winter for your enjoyment. The sledding hill is located adjacent to Town Hall on Beech Mountain.
Hawksnest Snow Tubing | Seven Devils, North Carolina
Located 15 minutes from The Mast Farm Inn. Recognized for having the largest Snow Tubing Park on the East Coast, the park offers exceptional Tubing, and it is conveniently located between Boone and Banner Elk, which means that visitors will have easy access to great lodging, food, shopping, beautiful scenery, and exciting activities.
Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing | Jonas Ridge, North Carolina
Located 20 minutes from The Mast Farm Inn. At Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing, jump on a specially made inner tube for an exhilarating ride, hop on the conveyor belt to the top and do it again… and again and again! Snow tubing in North Carolina can be an exciting winter activity for you and the whole family.
Valle Crucis | North Carolina
Nestled high in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina is a peaceful rural community that has stayed untouched over the years. When Levi Ives, the second Episcopal bishop of North Carolina, visited the area in the 1840s he looked into the valley from a hillside, noticed three streams forming the shape of a St. Andrew’s cross and deemed the location Valle Crucis, Latin for “Vale of the Cross.” Pronounced valley crew’sis, the bucolic area was first formally settled over 200 years ago. Valle Crucis is North Carolina’s first rural historic district and the entire community is officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nationally recognized historic buildings are abound in Valle Crucis, with many like The Mast Farm Inn, the Mast General Store, The Baird House, and the Old Episcopal Mission restored to their initial splendor and still serving the area today.
Boone | North Carolina
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Watauga County and the greater Boone NC area offers not only a picturesque place to escape and relax, but also an unending array of exciting outdoor adventures and attractions for the whole family. Positioned conveniently along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Watauga County is home to the towns of Boone, Blowing Rock, Foscoe, Beech Mountain, Seven Devils, Valle Crucis and many other local communities each with their own unique charm and character.
Blowing Rock | North Carolina
The “Crown of the Blue Ridge”, Blowing Rock, has 1500 full time residents and approximately 8000 summer residents. The village offers the best of small town living: cool climate, magnificent views, year-round outdoor activities, a safe environment, beautiful churches, an award winning school with superb restaurants and shopping. A major preservation effort has been in place for the past decade to protect the proud historic heritage of the village and maintain the community character that so enhances this little town.
Banner Elk | North Carolina
Home of Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, in Avery County, North Carolina is located in the mountains of western North Carolina and is home to a bustling community filled with High Country activities such as skiing, golfing, hiking, horseback riding, rafting, and fishing. Banner Elk is in the center of The High Country and is the ski capitol of the South. This is the destination for thousands of people who love the great outdoors and southern culture. The main attraction is the very agreeable climate, the local citizens, and the year-round activities found in the high country.
Beech Mountain | North Carolina
A visit to the Town of Beech Mountain offers exciting outdoor recreation and mile-high relaxation. In summer, adventure seekers flock to the Emerald Outback at Beech Mountain, a trail park which features more than eight miles of gorgeous trails near the top of the mountain. Hiking, mountain biking and trail running are prevalent in the Emerald Outback, as well as on several other miles of in-town trails maintained by the parks & recreation department. In winter, Beech’s high elevation and average annual snowfall of 84.6 inches create a snowy wonderland for Beech Mountain Resort, the premier ski and snowboard destination in North Carolina.
Todd | North Carolina
Todd is located in the High Country of North Carolina near Boone and West Jefferson and is a community situated in a bend of the South Fork of the New River, just a few miles from the headwaters. Todd was settled in the 19th century as a small crossroads community. Mining and timber interests drove the economy but most were mountain farmers. The community was put on the map in the early 20th century when the Virginia-Carolina Railway announced it would lay tracks to Todd. The railroad’s interest was in tapping the millions of board feet of hardwood timber on the surrounding hillsides. The result was a big boom for the little village. Todd was incorporated as a real town with a mayor and board of alderman. A land auction flier of the time period dubbed Todd the Queen City of the Mountains. The boom lasted less than a generation and soon Todd was the sleepy crossroads it had been during the previous century. It’s almost as if time stopped in Todd.
West Jefferson | North Carolina
We may be a small town, but we have a lot going on in downtown West Jefferson! Free summer concerts on the backstreet, a weekly Saturday and Wednesday farmers’ market, monthly gallery crawls, one of the biggest arts & crafts festivals in the high country, an antique festival, little theatre performances, annual holiday events and more! Throughout the summer and again at the holiday season, the famed Gallery Crawls are an opportunity for folks to stroll the streets of downtown and visit the many galleries and meet the artists in a casual open house event. The Ashe County Arts Council showcases local artists’ work with rotating exhibits and special events throughout the year. Also, West Jefferson is the site of 15+ murals that create a walking tour throughout downtown reflecting the area’s history and unique mountain character. And don’t miss all the painted fire hydrants and pedestals scattered around town.
Linville | North Carolina
The town of Linville, located near the Blue Ridge Parkway, has long been a resort community. Visitors can see the careful planning that went into its development by taking a stroll through the Linville Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. In 1883, the new mountain town was carefully planned and laid out foursquare, with streets and parks thoughtfully incorporated into the design. It was named for William and John Linville, who were killed by Cherokees in 1766. Hugh MacRae, son of one of the original partners, prevailed upon his childhood friend, architect Henry Bacon, to design Strathsheil Cottage for his brother, Donald MacRae. Bacon later won acclaim as the designer of the Lincoln Memorial.
Little Switzerland | North Carolina
Little Switzerland NC is a seasonal colony high in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The elevations here, ranging from 3200 feet in the village to 4000 feet at the top of Grassy Mountain, offer incredible views of Mt. Mitchell to the west, Table Rock, Hawsksbill and Grandfather Mountain to the east, and the valleys of the South Toe, Turkey Cove and the bustling Catawba Valley. Little Switzerland was named because of its sweeping panoramas of deep valleys and distant ranges resembling those of the foothills of the Swiss Alps.
Morganton | North Carolina
Natural Beauty and a Pristine Environment, Sports and Recreation, Walking paths, hiking, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, trophy-sized trout fishing, snow skiing, snow tubing, zip lines, Catawba River Greenway. Entertainment, Free summer weekend concerts on the courthouse square; and week-end special events year-round. The Arts, Lively and growing arts community of painters, sculptors, ironwork, glasswork and more, with shows at the Burke Arts Gallery, Old Rock School and private artists’ galleries. Four-Season Climate, Distinct seasons, each one special in its own way.
Watauga County | North Carolina
The August, 2009 issue of Outside Magazine included Boone, Watauga County as one of the 10 Best Small Towns in the US.Breathtaking mountain scenery, Clear, unspoiled streams, Cool summer temperatures due to elevation, Beautiful fall colors, Easily accessible premier winter ski resorts, Mountain culture, traditions and lore, Vibrant downtowns. Un-crowded: 163 persons per square mile, Safe: crime rate 28.7 compared to 45.1 for NC, Great place for children to grow up, Changing, vibrant community attracts interested, active, involved retirees, Community embraces green, sustainable businesses and practices, Well established farmer’s market and local food resources, 4 seasons of exciting outdoor recreation opportunities. Home of Appalachian State University, Award-winning public schools. Certified Entrepreneurial Community, Tradition of innovation, Highly educated work force, Longstanding home to artists, artisans and writers.
Avery County | North Carolina
Welcome to the Balcony of the Blue Ridge, the high mountains of North Carolina and home to the storied peaks of Grandfather Mountain, Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain – also some of the High South’s most popular playgrounds! With the highest county seat in North Carolina (Newland, elevation 3,589 ft.) and the highest incorporated town east of the Rockies (Beech Mountain, elevation 5,506 ft.), Avery County is the place to come to clear your head and get above the rush of daily life.
Ashe County | North Carolina
The Official Guide to Ashe County, North Carolina. Since its incorporation in 1799, Ashe County has represented the best of what northwestern North Carolina has to offer. Nestled comfortably in the Blue Ridge Mountains, our County experiences four distinct and beautiful seasons. Natives and visitors alike relish the refreshing growth of spring and the long summer days where the cares and worries of today’s fast paced life seem to drift away on the soft evening breeze. Fall offers an unmatched patchwork of splendid autumn colors as well as comfortable temperatures that draw visitors from near and far who come to see Ashe’s natural magnificence. Our winters are mild and picturesque, touched with warm holiday cheer and pristine snowfalls, which gently blanket the land.
Caldwell County | North Carolina
Tucked away at the foot of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains is a small southern county, a community of craftsmen with a rich heritage, a gathering place of furniture makers, artists, nature lovers, and now hi-tech giants such as Google. This is Caldwell County and Lenoir, NC – a place to stop, catch your breath, and enjoy all that nature and the people it has inspired for generations have to offer. Lenoir, NC is the county seat and is perhaps best known for its furniture heritage, the birthplace of some of the most skilled and gifted craftsmen in the industry. However, Mother Nature sculpted the area’s most endearing attraction. The climate among the rolling hills and striking vistas is mild. Visitors will experience the largest elevation change in North Carolina from 900 feet above sea level to 5,964 feet. A short drive from the city of Lenoir is the remote and rugged Wilson Creek, a federally designated “Wild and Scenic River.” Other must-see nature stops include Historic Happy Valley and Pisgah National Forest.
Burke County | North Carolina
Natural Beauty and a Pristine Environment. Clean air and water complement mountains up to 4,000 feet in elevation; waterfalls; trails for hiking, camping, cycling and horseback riding; minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC’s largest state park, South Mountain State Park, Lake James State Park, as seen in the movie Last of the Mohicans, Linville Gorge, the “Grand Canyon of the East”, Pisgah National Forest, Catawba River, Linville River, and Wilson Creek. Located in the Catawba River Valley in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Burke County is situated in the rolling landscape of western North Carolina. Interstate 40 and U.S. Highway 70 bisect the county, running parallel to six municipalities, Connelly Springs, Drexel, Glen Alpine, Hildebran, Rutherford College and Valdese, and the county seat of Morganton. Additionally, portions of Hickory, Long View, and Rhodhiss, NC, rest within Burke County’s borders.