A high country setting that's close to your heart
Located just off the awe‐inspiring Blue Ridge Parkway, Blue Ridge Mountain Club enjoys a dream location in the High Country. Blowing Rock is just six miles to the southwest, Boone six miles to the northwest. And nearby, a wild, wonderful world of scenic wonder, quaint mountain towns, and an endless array of outdoor recreation awaits. Unlike some mountain destinations that are seasonal (going dormant for half the year), the High Country enjoys four distinct seasons, each in competition with the other to lavish its own unique wonders on locals and visitors alike.
Once voted "America's Most Charming Mountain Town," Blowing Rock is a true delight, enticing guests with casual and fine dining, boutique shopping, curio shops, inviting inns, and a full calendar of events and festivals.
People may go to the High Country to get away from it all but that doesn't mean shopping. The High Country is fertile ground for boutique, curio, traditional, and mountain shopping. The dynamic towns of Blowing Rock and Boone, and the nearby Tanger Outlets, are great places to start.
Eclectic, bustling, and inviting, Boone is the heartbeat of the High Country—a classic college town that is home to the Appalachian State Mountaineers, and teeming with energy, art, music, and diversity.
Blue Ridge Parkway
America's favorite road is also its most visited National Park, attracting more than 16,000,000 people per year. Some of the prettiest stretches on the famous Blue Ridge Parkway can be found in the High Country. Endless vistas abound at every turn, as do numerous points of interests to explore and discover. A must.
Appalachian Ski Mountain
Located just off Highway 321 outside of Boone, Appalachian Ski is one of three ski resorts in the High Country, offering 11 ski trails for all levels. Top elevation at 4,000 feet descends to a base at 3,635. Convenient to BRMC.
High Gravity Adventure
Come zip, climb, explore, and swing at the High Country's home to high-flying adventure. High Gravity Adventures is great place for families to spend the day and enjoy a multifaceted adventure park that always delivers an exhilarating good time.
This has long been a family favorite in the High Country. Located in Blowing Rock, just a short drive from BRMC, Tweetsie Railroad throws visitors back in time to the days of Wild West locomotives. There are plenty of rides and games for the little ones—and food and fun for everyone.
Located west of BRMC, in Avery County, Banner Elk is a classic small mountain community, bustling with energy and activity. A wealth of recreation can be found nearby: skiing, golfing, hiking, horseback riding, rafting, and more.
Offering premier skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, tubing, and ice-skating each winter, Sugar has been a popular destination for decades. A number of scenic trails attract hikers and bikers in the warmer months.
As the highest town east of the Rocky Mountains, Beech Mountain towers at 5,500+ feet and offers year-round activities in addition to snow skiing. Generally regarded as the best skiing in North Carolina, offering 17 slopes and 98 skiable acres.
If there's wisdom in these old hills, it flows directly from Grandfather Mountain, a true landmark of the pioneering spirit that resounds in the region. Thousands of visitors are drawn to the mesmerizing 360-degree views and mile-high swinging bridge.
At the southern gateway of the High Country, Linville Caverns is a true wonder, with active limestone caverns under Humpback Mountain, discovered in 1822 by a local fisherman. Daily tours take visitors into the dark, damp recesses of this natural wonder.