High Country attractions

Waterfall in High Country

Linville Falls

For a wonderful short hike, head up the hour-long Erwin’s View Trail to spectacular Linville Falls. This moderate 1.6-mile round-trip offers great close-up views of the Linville River as it sweeps over two separate …
Mountain in High Country

Grandfather Mountain

The highest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Grandfather Mountain, looms north of the parkway 20 miles southwest of Blowing Rock. As a visitor destination, it’s famous for the Mile High Swinging Bridge, the centerpiece …
Mine in Boone

Foggy Mountain Gem Mine

If you’re traveling with kids or are a wannabe prospector yourself, stop 3 miles west of Boone to pan for semiprecious stones. Several gem-mining spots are located near the parkway, but this is a smaller operation, …
Amusement Park in Blowing Rock

Tweetsie Railroad

At this much-loved Wild West–themed amusement park, a 1917 coal-fired steam train chugs on a 3-mile loop past heroic cowboys and marauding Indians.
Statue in Boone

Doc Watson Statue

Bluegrass legend Doc Watson was born 10 miles east of Boone in 1923. He’s commemorated by this bronze statue downtown, which depicts him seated and strumming his guitar.