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

4416 Nc Highway 105 S, Boone, NC 28607 Sights & Landmarks, Mines
Excellent
70%
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4.5 based on 438 reviews

Foggy Mountain Gem Mine

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

E.B. Jeffress Park, Boone, NC 28665 Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Hiking Trails
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4.5 based on 99 reviews

The Cascades Trail

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

163 Boone Creek Dr, Boone, NC 28607-7911 Food & Drink, Breweries
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68%
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4.5 based on 188 reviews

Appalachian Mountain Brewery

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

State Farm, Boone, NC Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Hiking Trails
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64%
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4.5 based on 166 reviews

The Greenway Trail

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

591 Horn in the West Dr, Boone, NC 28607-4283 Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Hickory Ridge Living History Museum

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

1675 Nc Highway 105 Byp, Boone, NC, Boone, NC 28607-7612 Water & Amusement Parks, Theme Parks
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4 based on 63 reviews

Magic Mountain Mini Golf and Arcade

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

2683 Little Laurel Rd, Boone, NC 28607-5431 Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Educational sites More
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5 based on 15 reviews

Turtle Island Preserve

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

Us-421, Boone, NC 28607 Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Biking Trails
Excellent
60%
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Rocky Knob Park

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

591 Horn in the West Dr, Boone, NC 28607-4283 Shopping, Food & Drink, Farmers Markets
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5 based on 16 reviews

Watauga County Farmer's Market

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

651 Horn in the West Dr, Boone, NC 28607-5801 Nature & Parks, Gardens
Excellent
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3.5 based on 57 reviews

Daniel Boone Native Gardens

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

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