Hiking and backpacking
Five of America’s premier hiking opportunities: Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Gorge Wilderness, the famous Appalachian Trail and miles of the beautiful backcountry trails unique to Grandfather Mountain. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to hike the trails in the newly created Elk Knob State Park. At 5520 feet and over 2600 acres, this park is a true success story of mountain conservation. The trail up the mountain is a challenge, but the view from the top is worth the effort. You can see this mountain from the campground. We just love giving directions so please feel free to ask!!
Horseback riding and mountain biking
Horseback riders and mountain bikers will find a lifetime of trails to conquer.
Golfers will find themselves enjoying the beautiful mountain views, as well as a great game of golf. There are several public courses in the area. Boone Golf Club, Jefferson Landing, Red Tail, Willow Valley, and Seven Devils just to name a few.
Canoeing, Tubing, White Water Rafting, and Fishing
A great way to spend a beautiful summer day and just a few miles from the campground is the perfect river for your excursion. The New River, the second oldest river in the world, starts in Watauga County and then flows north, yes north. A 26 mile stretch of its south fork has been designated a "natural scenic river." Your outfitter has all the equipment you will need or bring your own canoe/kayak and they will pick you up for a small fee. Ask us about fishing holes.
If you are looking to sit back and relax and enjoy the ride we have the ride for you. The Blue Ridge Parkway is only seven miles from the campground. The high road of the Blue Ridge Mountains is like a long museum corridor lined with nature’s treasures. You will find yourself making frequent stops to explore or to just take in breathtaking vistas. The Linn Cove Viaduct is a must see on this ride. It winds 1,243 feet around the side of rugged Grandfather Mountain, providing spectacular views of the valleys below.
Shopping, Antiquing, and Art Workshops
There are many antique shops in the Boone/Blowing Rock area as well as old country stores and modern outlet malls. This is the home town of Cheap Joe's, a world renown art supply store. Be sure to check out their workshops and catalogue at www.cheapjoes.com .
If you are looking for that perfect ride, we invite you to our mountains. Lance Armstrong trained in Boone. When he was recovering from cancer he came here, to where he had won the Tour Du Pont twice, to fight back. He said, "I rode with a pure love of the bike, a pure love of life itself. As I rode on, until Boone began to feel like the Holy Land to me, a place I'd come to as if on a pilgrimage." We invite you to come for a ride in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, to enjoy the peace, the views, and the cool mountain breezes.
Your search for curves, scenery, few traffic lights, and a welcoming atmosphere is over because you will find it all in our beautiful peaceful mountains. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a biker's dream come true with its miles of scenic views and laid back riding. In addition there are many other wonderful roads in the area. We have a map on our wall just for you and will be happy to show you some off the parkway roads. Be sure to ask us about "The Snake" - 489 curves, 3 mountains, 1 valley! Yes, just beautiful...