What to do and see in Boone, North Carolina: The Best Places and Tips
Named for legendary explorer, Daniel Boone, Boone, North Carolina retains the pioneer spirit, despite having grown into a busy college town, the home of Appalachian State University. The surrounding area is one of the country's best destinations for outdoor adventures. Walk across the Mile High Swinging Bridge to Grandfather Mountain's Linville Peak, the highest point in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or grab your bike and head to Pisgah National Forest, featuring over 200 miles of exciting trails.
1. Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
4.5 based on 438 reviews
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine has been family owned and operated for generations. We are located in the mountain community of Boone, which is in the beautiful High Country of North Carolina. We are the choice Gem Mine in our area because of the experience that is offered our guests by our knowledgeable staff, and because we offer buckets of the finest gem ore from the best gem mines in the world. You are invited to come and satisfy your craving for a gem mine adventure and experience the thrill of discovery as you pan for gems. Just like miners from the old days, you will sift through dirt and rock using water flumes to find your treasures in the safety and comfort of our year round location on Hwy 105 in Boone. Regardless of the weather, you can search for gems since we have both outside and inside flumes. Each bucket of our gem stone mix contains genuine rough gems. We guarantee a gem find every time.
Reviewed By morganrep - Raleigh, North CarolinaRaleigh, North Carolina
Great family fun
I have to give these guys five stars.They were super nice and helpful. They had a clean store and explained all of the rocks the kids found. No hesitation in recommending this place to friends.
2. The Cascades Trail
4.5 based on 99 reviews
Reviewed By fisher05 - Charlotte, North CarolinaCharlotte, North Carolina
Nice trail with beautiful waterfall
We went to E.B. Jeffress Park — Cascade Trail yesterday in Purlear, NC... The trail is not very long... Nice trail with a beautiful waterfall... Ended up hiking it in the rain, but it still was a nice walk... Be careful on the rock stairs in the rain... I
3. Appalachian Mountain Brewery
4.5 based on 188 reviews
Reviewed By klamborj - Boone, North CarolinaBoone, North Carolina
Great brewery! Best in Boone.
I really like AMB! The beer is great, I enjoy the unpretentious and laid back atmosphere as well. As a local I really appreciate this place. Dogs are fine, kids are fine, heck you can even bring your own snacks. It’s simple & relaxed. Kids are fine here t
4. The Greenway Trail
4.5 based on 166 reviews
Reviewed By Bobby L - Boone, North CarolinaBoone, North Carolina
A wonderful place to walk, jog, or bike.
Running along the south fork of the New River as it courses through Boone, the Greenway is a great way to spend a lunch hour or a lovely family afternoon. It's close, convenient, and flat! A definite must if in Boone for any length of time.
5. Hickory Ridge Living History Museum
4.5 based on 51 reviews
Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, located on the grounds of "Horn in the West," is an eighteenth-century living history museum highlighting the daily lives of our mountain ancestors. At the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum you can learn what life was like in the 1700s as our country was formed and expanded. Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, located on the grounds of "Horn in the West," is an eighteenth-century living history museum highlighting the daily lives of our mountain ancestors. The museum is a production of Southern Appalachian Historical Association. MISSION STATEMENT Southern Appalachian Historical Association celebrates and preserves the diverse cultural heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountain region. Centered around Daniel Boone and the fight for American Independence, SAHA engages individuals through historical education and cultural entertainment.
Reviewed By ThomasT353 - Hickory, North CarolinaHickory, North Carolina
Short glimpse of the past
We originally planned on the play as well, but timing didn't work out as the season ends in the beginning of August. Nevertheless, the living museum is a good visit by itself. There are not too many houses to visit, and the "living" part was limited to th
6. Magic Mountain Mini Golf and Arcade
4 based on 63 reviews
Reviewed By acountrygal - Boone, North CarolinaBoone, North Carolina
We always have a great time!
We have played a few rounds of mini golf here and have always had a great time. We love that it plays through the trees and up the hill, it adds to the challenge. Although we’d love to see the water features running, the course is in pretty good shape and
7. Turtle Island Preserve
5 based on 15 reviews
Reviewed By NCfamilytravel - North Carolina Mountains, North CarolinaNorth Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
Great afternoon at Turtle Island!
What a way to end our week long vacation in the NC mountains! My husband and I enjoyed several hours at Turtle Island; taking a carriage ride, talking with Eustace Conway, and exploring the preserve itself upon suggestions from Eustace.We found Eustace to
8. Rocky Knob Park
4.5 based on 20 reviews
Reviewed By Scubasteven - Cornelius, North CarolinaCornelius, North Carolina
Called Rocky Knob for a reason
There is a reason they did not name this trail "Flow Trail for Old Guys." Rocky Knob is the perfect name. These are very well built trails that take full advantage of the rocky options the Blue Ridge provides. The trails are very well marked and rated by
9. Watauga County Farmer's Market
5 based on 16 reviews
Reviewed By USAtemples - Johnson City, TennesseeJohnson City, Tennessee
Wonderful Local Farmer's Market
We visited this farmer's market in November, so a lot of produce was out of season. Therefore, the market was limited and the full number and variety of vendors were not present. Even so, the food and plants that were available that we purchased were wond
10. Daniel Boone Native Gardens
3.5 based on 57 reviews
Near the Horn in the West
Reviewed By RVIDI - Ames, IowaAmes, Iowa
Worth the Stop but...
As a man with over 25 years in the nursery industry, I was really looking forward to visiting the Daniel Boone Native Gardens. It was worth the stop but I expected more.Upon arriving, there is a sign that asked for a $2 donation. I am certainly fine with