Recent videos showing off the High Country

Elk River Valley, as seen from Beech Mountain.

A drone captured the Parade of Tartans at the 2015 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.

And here’s the view from a paraglider participating in the recent Tator Hill Open, located between Boone and the Tennessee state line.

Back on the ground, enjoy the soothing aquatic sounds of Thunderhole Falls in Blowing Rock.

The warming glow of a High Country sunset

The first day of Spring is still a few days away, but March 16 sure felt like the season arrived early. Temperatures were in the mid-60s and there was plenty of sunshine, highlighted by a stunning High County sunset. The closing seconds of daylight went viral on social media.

Banner Elk sunset.

A photo posted by Craig Mcphail (@ohmymcphly) on

Tonight's sunset was truly a work of art. // #vsco #sunset #goodfirstdayback

A photo posted by Garrett Ross (@gertross) on

No place like Boone

A photo posted by @sumner_jones on

Beautiful evening sky over Blowing Rock tonight! #sunset #booneview #blueridgemoments

A photo posted by Christine Lindsay (@cclinds) on

I guess mountain sunsets are cool too #boone #nc #ncmountains #sunset #mountainsunset

A photo posted by Caleb Forbes (@calebforbes) on

High Country welcomes Snowvember

The first day of November did its best impression of the first day of January, with several inches of snow blanketing parts of the area. Here are a few photos shared on social media.

The colors of Fall 2014

The High Country’s changing of the season, as shared online.

The clouds are gorgeous on campus today. #appstate #booneview #nofilter

A photo posted by @therealsundance on

Scenes from Fourth of July 2014

There were lot of activities over the holiday weekend, including parades in Boone, Banner Elk and Blowing Rock; Christmas in July in West Jefferson; and fireworks everywhere!

Grandfather Golf and Country Club Fireworks from Nelson Aerials on Vimeo.

The snowy view from on high in the High Country

viaduct covered in snow

The High Country of North Carolina is well known for its snow. There’s been plenty of it this season, with weather systems periodically blanketing the area in powder. That was especially true in February.

February was the snowiest month of the winter so far at Grandfather Mountain, which recorded more than 13 inches during the mid-month storms.

Staff at the Entrance Gate in Linville measured 10 inches of snow Feb. 13, coupled with another two inches on Feb. 15 and yet another inch the following day. Snow totals were similar at the Nature Museum halfway up the Mountain, where 13.6 inches of snow were recorded throughout the month.

The white stuff sets a tranquil scene, one generally enjoyed only at eye level. That recently changed.

During one snow event in February, a local business called Nelson Aerials let loose a camera-laden drone to show off winter weather from a perspective few have ever encountered. That includes scenes from the campus of Appalachian State and the Blue Ridge Parkway Viaduct.