Exploring the Best Spring Activities in North Carolina's High Country

Mar 15, 2024By Chuck Hayworth
Chuck Hayworth

Spring is a magical time in North Carolina's High Country, with the perfect mix of blooming flowers, pleasant temperatures, and exciting outdoor activities. If you're looking to make the most of this vibrant season, here are some of the best spring activities to explore in the High Country:

Exploring Scenic Hiking Trails

One of the best ways to experience the beauty of spring in the High Country is by hitting the numerous hiking trails that offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced hiker, there are trails for every skill level.

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Visiting Charming Mountain Towns

Take a leisurely drive through the picturesque mountain towns of Boone, Blowing Rock, and Banner Elk, where you can explore quaint shops, enjoy delicious local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the unique culture of the region.

Enjoying Outdoor Festivals and Events

Spring in the High Country is filled with exciting festivals and events that celebrate everything from music and art to food and wine. Don't miss the opportunity to join in the festivities and experience the vibrant community spirit of the area.

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Adventuring in the Blue Ridge Parkway

Embark on a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America's most iconic roadways. With breathtaking vistas around every corner, this is a must-do activity for anyone visiting the High Country in the spring.

Exploring Waterfalls and Rivers

Spring is the perfect time to discover the region's hidden waterfalls and pristine rivers. Pack a picnic and spend a day exploring the natural beauty of places like Linville Falls, Elk River Falls, and the New River.

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Indulging in Local Breweries and Wineries

Unwind after a day of adventure by visiting one of the many local breweries or wineries in the High Country. Sample craft beers, sip on award-winning wines, and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of these charming establishments.Our favorite is Linville Winery, however the most amazing experience is chartering transportation and heading down the mountain to Yadkin Vally and tasting as many varieties of local wines as you can.

Brewery wise, Booneshine Brewery is one of our favorites along with Beech Mountain Brewery. Views are spectacular from 5506! Sip on Beech Mountain Brewery's seasonal brews and enjoy the scenery as mountain bikers pass you by! Lost Province is also a favorite of our in Boone. 

Experiencing Thrilling Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline junkies, the High Country offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including zip-lining, whitewater rafting, and rock climbing. Get your heart racing and make unforgettable memories in the great outdoors. We love working with Hawksnest for Ziplines. For chartering rafting, hiking, tubing, and even kayaking and for the true adventures caving, we recommend High Mountain Expeditions. Be sure to contact these companies and book prior to your arrival as space is limited during popular holiday weeks during Spring and Summer Months. https://highmountainexpeditions.com/


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Exploring Historic Sites and Museums

Dive into the rich history of the High Country by visiting historic sites, museums, and cultural attractions. Learn about the region's past and gain a deeper appreciation for the people and events that have shaped this unique area.

The Turchin Center is part of Appalachian State University and has seven art galleries of changing artworks. The galleries feature contemporary art from local, regional, national and international. 

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is a place for every family's history buff. It's a favorite of my first son. 

Honerable mention goes to the original Mass General store which is located in Valle Crucis. It's a museum in and of itself. Our family loves visiting and taking a step back in time. They of course sell tons of great gear for all of your activities and of course wardrobe, but also are famous for candy of yesterday and bottles of your favorite Blue Ridge Sodas and Cookies. 

Spring in North Carolina's High Country is a time of renewal and rejuvenation, offering endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. Whether you're seeking tranquility in nature or excitement in outdoor activities, this charming region has something for everyone to enjoy.