Boone Waterfalls and Trails
Boone, NC has some of the highest, most spectacular mountains in the East, so it’s no wonder that its waterfalls are also popular places for visitors to have a splash and soak up the crystal clear water coming from the mountains.
Here are some of the Boone Area’s most popular waterfall trails:
Crabtree Falls is widely known as South Appalachian’s prettiest waterfall. The 2.5 mile Loop Trail nearby offers one of the most exciting waterfall hikes in Western North Carolina, perfect for an outing on a sunny spring day.
Glen Burney Trail starts off from the rustic villages of Blowing Rock and delves into a forest filled chasm of three roaring cataracts.
As a haven for outdoor adventures, Boone has a diverse variety of easy to expert trails that will suit any mountain biker’s needs and desires. Rocky Knob Mountain Biking Park, which was recently named one of the country’s “Ultimate Ride Hotspots” by Velo Magazine, offers riders a choice of 5 different uniquely designed trails in a 185 acre county park just miles east of Boone. The trail surface in the mountain itself is rocky from top to bottom, with thrilling features such as boulder fields, small cliffs, and slabs that will surely get your adrenaline rushing as you ride over them.
Another trail network to explore is the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir, situated just 45 minutes from Wilkesboro. Trails at Kerr Scott include Dark Mountain, Overmountain Victory Trail, Fish Dam Creek Trail, and Warrior Creek Trails, all of which were built by mountain bikers to serve mountain bikers. If you wish to be spellbound by the view of the Reservoir while riding along its scenic shores, then give one of its fun and fast trails a go!
North Carolina heat during the summer can be extremely difficult to endure. That’s why summertime is one of the best times to plan a weekend getaway to Boone, NC where the crystal clear, pristine rivers provide the ultimate environment for a splendid fishing experience. Within Boone, the creeks and tributaries that flow from Watauga River and New River make for some of the best areas for trout fishing and fly fishing. Numerous ponds and lakes such as the Foscoe and Price Lake also populate the Blue Ridge Parkway, most of which are commonly used for fishing as well.
From craft venues and antique shops to outlet malls and wineries, Boone is a shopping hub for both traditional and contemporary products. Spanned across the city is a wealth of shops, each offering something distinctive to the region. To cook up some truly authentic American dishes, be sure to visit Watagua Farmers’ Market to buy some locally grown fresh produce for ingredients! For antique or bargain hunting, try your luck at the Wildcat Flea Market in Deep Gap.
Boone mall itself is a popular shopping hub for people of all ages, hosting famous retail stores such as Old Navy, Banana Republic, Bath and Body Works, J.C. Penney, Hallmark, and more. With a plethora of stores to shop at, you’ll definitely be able to find the latest fashion items and accessories to your liking.
Also prevalent throughout Boone’s streets are small antique boutiques and specialty stores that sell distinctive furniture and one of a kind treasures of all sizes and shapes. For a different kind of home interior design, start you hunt at a few of the many quaint shops around – especially Appalachian Antique Mall, famous throughout North Carolina for its wealth of antique items. Other shops you might consider shopping at are Claude’s Antiques, A Piece of the Past, Blowing Rock Estate Jewelry & Antiques, and English Antique Warehouse.
The High Country boosts a wide selection of restaurants and culinary choices for its visitors, ranging from traditional Southern cooking to ethnic Asian food to Mexican family cuisine. Whatever you feel like eating, chances are you’ll be able to satisfy your cravings at Boone. Though there is no shortage of chain restaurants like Outback Steakhouse and Applebee’s, dining at a local restaurant could offer you a High Country culinary experience like no other when it comes to authentic local cooking in a spectacular mountain surrounding.
The consensus seems to be that Sticky Boy Bread Company is the best restaurant in town, followed by Joy Bistro, Mint Cuisine of India, Gamekeeper Restaurant, Coyote Kitchen (Caribbean), Come Back Shack, and Vidalia.
For fine dining in a luxurious kind of environment topped with a gorgeous view of the Appalachian Mountains, check out Crestwood, Best Cellar, and 1861 Farmhouse.
There are few places in North Carolina where people have as much of a passion for beer as people in Boone. At Appalachian Mountain Brewery, you can get a taste of the finest beer near Western North Carolina as well as far from home. Some specialties of the local brewery are Honey Badger, Belay on Saison, Daniel’s Double, Yosef’s Ale, and The Bear, all of which are brewed and served in the taproom.
Another hotspot for beer lovers is the Blowing Rock Brewery which houses a collection of beer series such as Legacy Series containing Blocking Rock High Country Ale, Summer Ale, Oktoberfest as well as the Ale House Series featuring Scottish Ale, Chocolate Porter, Belgian Dark Ale, and more. You can further enjoy your beer at the House Restaurant and Pub, where you can not only sample craft pub food but also dine on delicious, local craft cuisines.
Known as the “Ski Capital of the South”, the North Carolina High Country is home to three popular ski resorts in North Carolina – Appalachian Ski Mountain, Ski Beech, and Sugar Mountain Resort, all just a short drive from Boone. This comes as not much of a surprise, considering the fact that North Carolina has some of the tallest mountains on the East coast. To suit the needs of both avid winter sports lovers and families on vacation, each ski resort is equipped with excellent amenities and easy-to-expert courses designed for a variety of winter sports such as snowboarding, ice skating, skiing, etc. Furthermore, Hawksnest Resort in Seven Devils boosts the East’s largest snow tubing facility. Even when you aren’t skiing, you’ll easily be able to entertain yourself at an assortment of restaurants, attractions, and shops that populate the ski resort area.
Stretching more than 25 miles of trails is the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Boone NC area, also known as the ultimate paradise for equestrians. Horse riders will rejoice at the diversity of stables and riding programs to choose from when they arrive at one of the top equestrian locations in America. Burnt Hill Stables, Dutch Creek Trails, and VC Farms each provide services in trail riding, horseback riding, carriage weddings, and more, along with rental mounts and guided rides. A once in a lifetime riding experience would certainly be fulfilled when one rides through one of Blue Ridge Parkway’s many recreational parks while getting absorbed into the enchanting beauty of its surrounding forests, lofty meadows, and undisturbed lakes.