The skiing capital of the south

Some are surprised to discover that Boone, North Carolina is considered the ski capital of the South. But we are! Not because we have our own lifts, slopes or chalets. Rather, it’s our proximity to three major ski resorts – Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain, and Appalachian Ski Mountain – that makes us the best ski and snowboard destination in the Southeast. But the winter fun doesn’t stop there.

We are also well known for the excellent cross country skiing, snowshoeing and other winter activities available nearby. Elk Knob State Park and Moses Cone Memorial Park are literally minutes from Boone. And you might be surprised to learn that we also have the largest snowtubing park in the eastern United States (also with a cold weather zipline).

Perched high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Boone delights visitors with its small-town atmosphere and laid-back attitude combined with an exceptional array of amenities. The thing is, you’re unlikely to meet a friendlier group of people than in this quaint mountain town that Appalachian State University proudly calls home.


For most people who come to have fun in the winter, Boone becomes their unofficial base camp. A respite filled with comfort, entertainment, great food and shopping they can easily return to after a day on the slopes or exploring nature.

But lest you think we are a place to visit only in winter, allow us to persuade you otherwise. Whether you’re coming in winter whiting or visiting during a shoot of the colorful fall leaves, we’re here. Want to wait for our hills and valleys to light up with spring greenery? Impressive! Or are you one of those who save their visit for July or August when you’ve had enough of another urban summer “so hot you can fry an egg on the sidewalk”? Whatever season (or seasons) you choose for your visit, we hope you will be very happy that you chose Boone.

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Natural beauty

Boone’s natural beauty is breathtaking, with vistas that seem to go on forever as the subtle hues of the Blue Ridge Mountains step away and blend into the horizon. Everyone who has come to Boone since the days of its first visitors has been moved by the experience, which is why we say: Inspiring Awe Since 1849TM. Take a 10 minute drive from downtown Boone and you will confirm that we are not exaggerating our case. After all, seeing is believing.

Infinite outdoors

Whether your preference for fun is a black diamond double dash or a Bunny Hill plow, a ropes course or sidewalk surfing, chalk bag bouldering or belly to bar in one of our breweries, we have what you need. Do you prefer leisurely hikes, birdwatching or selfies with scenic views as your backdrop? Deal done. Want to cross the mile-high swing bridge over Grandfather Mountain or be able to say you’ve overcome Calloway Peak like old Daniel Boone himself? We can achieve this. The thing is, every activity, easy or hard, you want is available. You just have to ask.

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Not your average mountain town

Most people tend to have preconceptions about what mountain towns do and don’t have. Most of the time, they expect the wrong thing. So if you’re worried about finding only a few options here, fear not. That’s not what Boone and the area around him are. We have a thriving arts and culture scene. Plenty of places to shop and discover fantastic finds. Accommodation galore – from hotels to bed and breakfasts, chalets to vacation rentals. And we love children. With plenty of activities and attractions young visitors love, even a Wild West theme park with a historic steam locomotive, rides and a petting zoo.

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Laid back ethos

As visitors climb the mountain to get to town, something almost magical happens. Whatever worries clung to them seem to fade into a distant memory and suddenly only matter now. Is it the fresh, intoxicating mountain air? Maybe. The scenic marvel? Without a doubt. Even though we have activities that never stop, our pace here is never rushed. Time, indeed, seems too slow. Ahh.

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So, my friend, we’ll be the first to admit that there are many Blue Ridge mountain towns you can choose from for your vacation. But we’ll humbly suggest – none better than Boone.

When the rustle of dead leaves, the silence of freshly fallen snow, the trickle of a spring melt
brook, where the summer birdsong begins to call you… come join us in Boone, North
Caroline! You will not be disappointed.