The summer season is officially here! The High Country of North Carolina is known for its unparalleled views, scenic hikes, and picturesque waterfalls. With pleasant summer temperatures averaging in the 70’s, take some time this summer to enjoy the many activities the High Country has to offer. Western North Carolina is home to a long list of beautiful places and we wanted to share with you a few of our favorite spots. 

Elk Kob State Park

With peaks rising at 5,520 feet, Elk Knob State Park features some of the highest peaks in North Carolina. Elk Knob is conveniently located near the charming mountain towns of Todd and Boone. As one of the newest state parks in the High Country, this park includes brand new facilities such as a visitor center, picnic areas with tables and grills, campsites, and a few manicured trails showcasing rocky landscapes and scenic views of the mountains. 

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

Mount Jefferson, located near Jefferson and West Jefferson, emerges more than 1,600 feet above the surrounding landscape and is a scenic state park that offers five hiking trails, scenic views, bird watching, wildlife, and a wide variety of trees and rare plant life. Picnic tables and a kid-friendly TRACK trail make this a perfect spot to bring the family.

Cascades Trail

A fairly easy one mile hike, Cascades Falls is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 271.9, about 15 miles east of Boone, NC. Witness a stunning rushing waterfall and two overlooks that can be used to view the falls from different angles. This turn-around trail will lead you through some of the most scenic views in the High Country.

New River State Park

Located in Ashe and Alleghany counties, the New River State Park is made up of more than 2,200 acres. Enjoy a variety of hiking trails and endless outdoor activities such as camping, kayaking, fishing, and picnicking while admiring inspiring mountain scenery. The peaceful slow river is perfect for bass and trout fishing, canoeing, and tubing.

The Lump Trail

The Lump Trail is a short hike but is known for its gorgeous mountain views, wildflowers, and wildlife. A perfect spot for a picnic or to bird watch, this trail is perfect for all skill levels and ages. 

Western North Carolina possesses a peaceful majestic beauty that draws you closer to nature. You do not have to travel far to be surrounded by awe-inspiring views and fun-filled outdoor activities. No matter what adventure you seek, we hope you are inspired to explore what the High Country has to offer.