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Things to do in Ashe County and New River Area North Carolina

Ashe County and New River Area North Carolina

Ashe County in North Carolina is a hidden treasure nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is surrounded by breathtaking views and a rich cultural heritage. There are endless outdoor activities. Its close proximity to the Appalachian Trail adds to its appeal. There is something for everyone in Ashe County, whether you are looking for a peaceful weekend to enjoy the natural beauty or an adventure-filled trip. We'll be taking a closer look at everything Ashe County has in store for us.

Enjoy Nature's Best in Ashe County in Western North Carolina. You'll be right in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a popular travel destination within and outside the county. There are many places to visit, including Blowing Rock and Todd, West Jefferson and the New River. You can access the Blue Ridge Parkway from many places in our county. It offers wonderful driving, hiking and biking trips, as well as picnicking trips. Grandfather Mountain, Tweetsie Railroad, as well as antique shops, fine dining, art galleries, craft shops and more are just a few of the many attractions in the area.

The charming town of West Jefferson is located in Ashe County, New River Area. It's just two hours away from Greensboro and Charlotte North Carolina. Banner Elk, Linville Gorge all are within two hours. They are all easy day trips. The state of Virginia is also close by with many attractions such as Grayson Highlands Park and The Virginia Creeper Trail.

Ashe County has a rich history that dates back to more than 250 years before the first settlers arrived. Ashe County was shaped by many Native Americans who lived on this land prior to European settlement. The historic Caplan-Burrus House, located in Jefferson, is Ashe County's oldest remaining building. It was originally built in late 1700s as a log cabin. Over the years, it has been expanded and renovated to become a farmhouse for a local family.

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area's Civilian Conservation Corps Camp S-56 is another important historical location in Ashe County. CCC was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression to offer work opportunities for young men throughout America. During this time, North Carolina saw the establishment of over 200 camps. Mount Jefferson was home to six camps.

Visitors can now see original structures and buildings from this period at Camp S-56. The museum displays artifacts that were used during this time period. Another popular place for history buffs is Sturgill’s Log Cabin, which can be found off Highway 221 near West Jefferson. The restored cabin is a reminder of colonial life and dates back to 1810.

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Tourists who want to see the Blue Ridge Mountains in all their glory and learn about the history and culture of the region are drawn to Ashe County. It doesn't matter if you are looking for a tranquil retreat or an outdoor adventure, finding the right accommodation is crucial. This article will highlight the top places to stay in Ashe County, which you can find on Find Rentals.

1. Bear Valley

Bear Valley is a charming two-bedroom, two bathroom cabin located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This log cabin is ideal for small families or couples who are looking for a peaceful mountain getaway. You will find a hot tub, a gas fireplace and a screened porch with breathtaking mountain views.

2. Hidden Creek Cabin

Hidden Creek Cabin, located near West Jefferson, has three bedrooms and two bathrooms that can comfortably accommodate six people. The luxurious mountain cabin offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and features state-of-the art amenities like whirlpool tubs and fully-equipped kitchens.

3. River Walk Log Cabin- Todd

This log cabin with three bedrooms is a great option for those looking for an elegant yet rustic mountain experience. This log cabin can sleep up to six people and has modern amenities like WiFi, satellite TV, gas grill and hot tub.

4.River Mountain Cabin

This 5-bedroom, rustic deluxe vacation rental is located on 16 acres overlooking Fleetwood's New River Valley. It can comfortably sleep 14 people and has luxury amenities such as a pool table, broadband internet access, a wet bar, outdoor fireplace area, and a grilling area. This cabin is ideal for large families who want to enjoy the beauty of nature while spending time together.


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Things To Do

There are many things to do in Ashe County all year. These are our top picks.

1. Biking and Hiking

Ashe County has over 400 miles worth of trails and numerous biking routes. Ashe County's Blue Ridge Parkway offers stunning views and easy access to numerous hiking and biking trails, such as the Cascades Trail or the Mountains-To-Sea Trail.

2. Waterfalls

Ashe County has some of the most stunning waterfalls in North Carolina. These include Elk Falls, Cascade Falls and Rose Bay Falls. These waterfalls can be reached via a variety of hiking trails.

3. Fishing

Ashe County is home to the New River, which makes it an ideal location for anglers. The river is home to plenty of trout, making it a great spot for early morning and late evening fishing.

4. Art Galleries

Ashe County is home to a vibrant art scene with many galleries that showcase local artists. Florence Thomas Art School & Gallery is one of the most popular galleries. Bare Essentials Natural Market & Gallery is another. Crestwood Galleries is another.

5. Wineries

There are many wineries in Ashe County that offer tours and tastings, such as Thistle Meadow Winery and Ashe County Cheese & Wine Shoppe and Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant.

6. Music Festivals

Ashe County hosts a variety of music festivals throughout the year to celebrate the rich musical heritage. Blues lovers should attend the New River Blues Festival, while local musicians can be seen at the Todd Summer Concert Series.

7. Winter Sports

Winter months offer many snow-based activities, including skiing, snowboarding and ice skating at Appalachian Ski Mountain Resort and Beech Mountain Resort.

8. Shopping

Ashe County is home to many shops that offer handmade crafts, such as pottery made by local potters like David Coffey Pottery off Highway 221 in West Jefferson. Fine-art pieces can also be found at specialty shops like Ashe County Arts Council Gallery.


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Where To Eat

Ashe County in North Carolina is well-known for its diverse culinary scene and rich culinary history. The county offers a variety of dining options, including traditional Southern cuisine and farm-to-table eateries. These are the top places to eat at Ashe County.

1. Boondocks Brewing Tap Room and Restaurant

Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & restaurant is a popular choice for both locals and tourists. It's located in West Jefferson. This restaurant features a wide selection of locally-sourced and seasonal specials, paired with handcrafted beers.

2. The Hotel Tavern

The Hotel Tavern was built in 1875 and has served Ashe County for more than 145 years. The historic establishment offers a wide variety of pub food, including burgers and wings as well as more gourmet options like seared salmon and shrimp and grits.

3. The New River Brewing Company

The New River Brewing Company is a casual place that serves delicious food like nachos and smoked meat sandwiches. They also offer a variety of locally crafted beers.

4. Southern on Main

Southern on Main is a downtown Jefferson restaurant that serves hearty southern-style food using local ingredients. It offers staples like fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, mac & cheese, and lighter salads. This makes it ideal for anyone with discerning tastes.

5. Hillbilly Hideaway Restaurant

Hillbilly Hideaway Restaurant has been serving Appalachian-style home-cooked food since 1954. The warm and friendly staff make Hillbilly Hideaway Restaurant a must-visit place in Ashe County.

6. Pie on the Mountain

Pie on the Mountain in Lansing offers homemade pies daily and desserts.

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When To Visit

Ashe County is beautiful all year. But it depends on the activities you choose and the weather conditions that you prefer. Here are some suggestions for the best times to visit Ashe County.

1. Spring (March-May).

Ashe County's spring is beautiful, with its mild temperatures and blooming wildflowers. This is the best time to go hiking, outdoor activities, and visit local wineries and art gallery.

2. Summer (June-August).

Ashe County's summer season is a peak tourist season. The area has warm temperatures and lots of outdoor activities such as fishing, biking, and waterfalls. Music lovers will find plenty of music festivals in the area during summer.

3. Autumn (September-November).

Ashe County's fall foliage is spectacular and makes it one of the most beautiful times of year to visit. There are many attractions in the area, including apple picking at local orchards and pumpkin patches.

4. Winter (December-February).

Winter brings snowfall to the area, giving winter sports enthusiasts plenty of opportunities to ski and snowboard at Appalachian Ski Mountain Resort or Beech Mountain Resort. This is also a great time to do indoor activities such as visiting museums and shopping in small boutiques.

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