Peak Week: Travel to Boone, NC to see the leaves change

Boone, NC
Blue Ridge Parkway in the Fall

When driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway through Boone, NC, there are places where you simply have to get out and enjoy the breathtaking views.

One of the most popular places to get out and hike is Rough Ridge. Rough Ridge is at milepost 302.8 on the parkway. It is about a 2.2 mile hike up the mountain but it is totally worth it. There is a rock that sits perfectly off the mountain that if you look at it from a certain angle, it appears that you’re about to fall off of a cliff.

Boone, NC
Blue Ridge Parkway in the Fall

Another spot to get out and hike is Beacon Heights. Right at milepost 305.2, Beacon Heights is an easy trail that the whole family can do. The hike itself is only .6 miles and leads to an overlook perfect for looking at the changing leaves.

King Street is the place to experience true Appalachia culture. Located in the heart of boone, this street is full of local boutiques and eateries. There is no better place to stop and get a Boone t-shirt than High Country Souvenirs.

Home of the $5 t-shirt, HCS is the place to get all of your Appalachian State University gear and locally made gifts to bring back home to your friends and family. While you’re making your way down the strip, be sure to stop by The Shoppes at Farmers. There is nothing that you cannot find at this unique locally owned boutique. Farmers has a wide variety of jewelry, handbags, apparel, shoes, art, toys, instruments, bird feeders, and much much more! It is truly a one stop shop for everything you could ever need.

You also have to stop by King Street Creamery to grab a scoop of their Hershey’s ice cream 36 different flavors to choose from, including coffee and locally made fudge. Lastly, it would not be a trip to Boone if you did not stop and look around in Mast General Store. Mast General has several store locations but the one in Boone is among the oldest and biggest. It carries everything from designer apparel to camping tents. People say that this store carries so many items that “if they don’t have it here, you don’t need it.”

There are many different ways to purchase a pumpkin for Halloween, but what better way than choosing the perfect one at one of Boone’s pumpkin patches? New River Pumpkin Patch is a great place to bring them whole family for a day of fun. Not only is there a giant assortment of pumpkins to choose from, but there is a haunted corn maze, hay rides, and train rides.

Boone, NC
Blue Ridge Parkway in the Fall

Another great place to spend the day is Ashe County Corn Maze. This patch offers you a place to pick out your pumpkin, a place to shoot cornhole, play horseshoes, and roast marshmallows. There is something entertaining for everybody of all ages.

Around Halloween every year, Tweetsie Railroad transforms into a spooky theme park. Tweetsie offers a ton of fun rides to go on, especially the Ghost Train. The train is just scary enough to be thrilling for both children and adults. You can also mine for gold and gems, go through haunted houses, and go trick or treating! Tweetsie also puts on a Spooktacular Black Light Show at night that will leave everyone amazed. During the day they put on Halloween Shows for all ages to watch and enjoy.

Boone, NC
Blue Ridge Parkway in the Fall

There are endless amounts of local coffee shops in Boone, NC. Local Lion is a great place to grab a coffee or hot chocolate after a chilly day in the High Country. This coffee shop is family owned and creates all of their coffee and donut flavors from scratch. They also offer seasonal flavors for their coffees and donuts like orange, lavender, pumpkin, and many more. Hatchet Coffee Roasters is a coffee shop that loves serving coffee so much, it sells their equipment and coffee beans by the bag.

They pride themselves in serving the best cup of coffee in the town of Boone and truly live up to that name. It is a great place to hang out and spend quality time with your friends. Another great place to grab a cup of coffee is High Grounds Coffee Shoppe. Higher Grounds offers way more than just a good cup of joe. They serve smoothies, italian sodas, ice cream cones, and cakes all while in a cozy and comforting atmosphere.

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