Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway
in the northeast section of the mountains, Boone, incorporated in
1872, is a destination in
very much the same way Asheville is. Consistently ranked as one of
the “Best Small Towns in America,” Boone is a bustling town and the
center of tourism and commerce for Watauga County and the region.
With a population of over 17,000, the city is home
Appalachian State University,
which adds a distinctive college atmosphere to
the already vibrant, outdoors oriented mountain city, Boone is located in the “Heart of the High Country"
and has a wide
array of stores, restaurants, galleries and things to do. It is even known as the
“Firefly Capital of America!” Named for Daniel Boone, the frontiersman who
the area from 1760 to 1769, this tourist oriented mountain city has much to offer the visitor.
Boone also has the highest elevation of any town of its
size east of the Mississippi River and because of that, on
average, the city receives over 34" of snowfall a year, far more
than most other cities in North Carolina. In 2005, Boone was
recognized by travel journalists as the ultimate outdoor adventure
destination in the Southeast, even in North America. Along with
Durango, Colorado, Bend, Oregon and North Vancouver, British
Columbia, Boone was selected as one of four multi-sport vacation
destinations in North America, featured in an article in the May
2005 issue of Adventure Sports Magazine. In the winter, one of the
major draws to Boone are the many ski and snowboarding resorts in
the area. These include
Appalachian Ski Mountain,
Sugar Mountain Resort,
Beech Mountain Resort
Hawksnest Tubing Park.
Nearby major mountain attractions include the
Blue Ridge Parkway,
Pisgah National Forest,
Horn in the West and
Tweetsie Railroad. Boone also has one of North
Carolina's most progressive public school systems. All eight K-8
schools are ranked as Schools of Excellence, a claim to fame no
other public school district in the state can match.
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City Website: Boone:
Town Offices, 567 West King Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-268-6200
Northern Mountains, 2 hours east of Asheville
Accommodations, Restaurants & Attractions:
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County Offices, 842 West King Street, Boone NC 28607;
Elevation & Population:
3,500 feet, 20,000+
North Carolina High
Country Host & Visitor Information Center, 1700 Blowing
Rock Road, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-1299
and County Chamber of Commerce:
Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 870 West King Street, Boone NC 28607;