Outdoor Magazine recently unveiled its top places to live in America. The High Country came in at perfect number 10, thanks to its outdoor adventures, year and round activities.
Tucked into the southern Appalachians, this college town has an embarrassment of outdoor riches. Down the road, you can find Class V boating on Wilson’s Creek, and 45 minutes outside town is Linville Gorge, one of the most dramatic canyons east of the Rocky Mountains, with more than 11,000 acres of wilderness backpacking and endless walls for trad climbing. Nearby Beech Mountain offers some of the only lift-served mountain biking in the South. A choice section of the Appalachian Trail runs across a series of above-tree-line peaks just 40 minutes from downtown. And you can’t beat the cycling on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Roadies salivate over the closest section, which travels the Linn Cove Viaduct, a quarter-mile bridge that winds around the rocky slopes of Grandfather Mountain.
To underscore the praise, a new kids pump course at a popular mountain biking park had a grand opening today. The college football season begins next Saturday. And the cool fall-like temperatures are making the outdoors difficult to resist. There are so many trails to explore!