Enjoy your choice of a one-night stay for four in a secluded log cabin at Fall Creek Cabins near Boone or a night in an upscale room at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock. Get a bird’s-eye view of the leaf color with a zip-line tour at Hawksnest Zipline in Seven Devils. Then, take a tour at Apple Hill Farm, a mountaintop alpaca farm in Banner Elk. Next, stop by Mystery Hill in Blowing Rock for a unique tour of a gravitational anomaly before trying your hand at tomahawk throwing. Before leaving town, take a trip to Grandfather Mountain via a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway for ultimate fall leaf color views.

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North Carolina’s High Country encompasses Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, West Jefferson, Beech Mountain, Wilkesboro, and the small towns of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway. With elevations above 3,000 feet, the region is known for spectacular fall leaf color viewing and iconic fall festivals such as the Woolly Worm Festival and Brushy Mountain Apple Festival.

Call the High Country Host Visitor Center for travel advice and to request a vacation planning guide seven days a week at (828) 264-1299. Find helpful High Country travel guides, itineraries, travel packages, and event calendars at mountainsofNC.com or visit us on Facebook or Instagram.

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