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Winter finally arrives in the High Country

The year 2017 opened in the High Country with the most significant snow event of winter – more than a foot of snow. It started mid-day Friday, January 6, and continued through most of Saturday. When it was done, the area had its first blanket of the white stuff and a lot of happy skiers. It was gone by Thursday, when a rare burst of spring-like temperatures blew in.

Below are some of the many photos shared on social media which showed off the luxuries of a High Country winter.

Don't think it needs a caption! #gotsnow #ilovewhereilive #spartanc #wxiisnow

A photo posted by Terri Huber (@deepblueterri) on

#skiing #wintersports #appalachianskimountain

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#SugarMountain 🏂❄️ Great weekend to be on the slopes.

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Another gorgeous fall in the High Country

The High Country is a photographers playground, as these recent photos shared on social media prove. Below are scenes from Boone, Grandfather Mountain, Blowing Rock, Beech Mountain, Ashe County and Lees-McRae College. You can see more on our active twitter feed. If you fall in love with the sights, click on over and find your home in this picturesque landscape today!


Boone area among ’16 Best Places to Live in America’

Among top places to live in America

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!


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.


Springtime in the High Country

A collection of photos recently shared on social media, spotlighting some of the beauty of the High Country area.

The Blowing Rock

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Downtown Boone, NC

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A photo posted by Swaraj Sharma (@stuckintheaiir) on

Hiking on Beech Mtn! #beechmtn #allofmylove @beechmtn

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The Blowing Rock

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Our Great Outdoors: The stunning skyline of the High Country

A collection of fantastic photos showing off the beauty of the High County, found recently on twitter.