Hiking is perhaps one of the most popular outdoor activities in the Valle Crucis area and one of the best ways to see the unspoiled Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Many of the best hiking spots are not easily accessible by vehicle, but are some of the best kept secrets of the mountains. Across Boone, Banner Elk and Blowing Rock you’ll find numerous places to hike and trails of all types. Here we’ve outlined some of the most popular hikes and some suggestions for a variety of skill levels.
The High Country is intersected by the Blue Ridge Parkway, which provides the region with easy access to many of the more popular NC hiking spots. In Blowing Rock, you can enjoy the Moses H. Cone Julian Price Memorial Park and the many trails that are located in the park. The carriage trails were made for easy walking, jogging, as well as horseback rides by carriage, so these are perfect for beginners and those looking for something less strenuous. The Boone Fork Loop trail, the Tanawha Trail and the Price Lake Loop trail are three moderate level hiking trails that are popular for those hoping to see some beautiful views.
There are some great hiking trails in Valle Crucis for residents and visitors to enjoy. A great walking trail is located at the Valle Crucis Community Park. Residents and visitors enjoy walking the paved trail which follows alongside the Watauga River. Fishing and other activities are allowed as well. Located in Banner Elk are two more exciting trails that are widely known in the area. The Linn-Cove Viaduct parkway trail and the Beacon Heights trail are both moderate level hiking trails that many visitors and locals enjoy. Also in Banner Elk are the Linville Falls trails and the Linville Gorge trails which are both must sees for anyone venturing out hiking in the area. Grandfather Mountain NC is one of the best known hiking areas in the High Country, where in addition to some breathtaking scenery you can also see bear, cougars, eagles, deer, and more.
Boone NC is also home to some great walking trails and scenic walkways. The Lee and Vivian Reynolds Greenway Trail is a three mile paved trail, great for walking or jogging. You can even bring along your four legged friend on a leash so they can enjoy some time in the outdoors as well! In town residents can also enjoy the Watauga County Recreation Complex and its many amenities.