High Country Outdoor Family Activities

The High Country has many outdoor family activities to enjoy. Please view the list below, and we suggest creating a bucket list for your family to create many wonderful and lasting memories.  

Prices Lake Trail – This trail can be reached from the Price Lake Overlook (milepost 296.7) or the Boone Fork Overlook (milepost 297.1). This easy 2.7-mile loop circles the shoreline of 47-acre Price Lake. Low-growing evergreens flourish year-round near the trail. Ducks and loons take a spring and summer pause here in their yearly migration. TRACK Trail for first 1 mile.

Price Lake Boat Rentals – Price Lake is a 47-acre lake in which visitors are currently able to rent Canoes and Kayaks. Located just past Julian Price Park at Mile Marker 297. Come have a picnic at the park then come on down to the boat rental for a relaxing boat ride. All ages welcome!

Otter Falls Trail – Otter Falls Trails were debuted in summer of 2015 with an observation deck built in 2017, which offers wonderful views of Otter Falls. This moderately strenuous hike starts from a trailhead parking area at 825 Skyland Drive and descends about 230 feet to scenic Otter Falls on Valley Creek. The 0.6-mile hike to the falls creates a round trip of about 1.2 miles.

New River Paddle Trail – ExploreBoone.org states that this trail is popular for canoeing, tubing, and kayaking. Five sections of the New River Paddle Trail offer slow and peaceful waters and wildflower-covered banks, the perfect backdrop for a canoe ride or a lazy inner tube ride on a hot summer’s day. The New River Paddle Trail map is available at area outfitters: RiverGirl Fishing Co., Mast General Store locations, Magic Cycles in Boone, Boone Bike & Touring, and Waypoint Outfitters.

Beech Mountain Resort – Beech Mountain Resort opens for the summer season on Friday, June 5, offering scenic lift rides, mountain biking, hiking and disc golf. The resort will also have take-out food and beverage service that can be enjoyed at several outdoor locations on property.

Wilderness Run Alpine Coaster – Do you love speed? The thrill of wind whipping at your face as you barrel around tight turns, flying over bumps and waves? Wilderness Run Alpine Coaster is just the ride for you! Our coaster will race you down 2390 feet of track with speeds reaching 27 mph. Don’t worry, you are in full control of the cart so if that’s a bit too fast for you, you can slow down by applying the brake to your desire speed.

Linville Falls Hiking Trails – Two main hiking trails lead to views of Linville falls. Both begin at the Linville Falls Visitor Center and pass through remnants of a virgin hemlock forest mixed with other familiar tree species such as white pine, oaks, hickory, and birch.

Rough Ridge Hiking Trail – Hike the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Tanawha Trail to awesome views on Grandfather Mountain’s Rough Ridge

Elk Knob State Park – Breathtaking views from the summit of Elk Knob are complemented by intimate forest scenes on a trail system that explores dramatic elevation changes and was created largely by volunteers. The park’s terrain can be steep and challenging, but rewarding.

Mount Jefferson State Park – An investment of little more than an hour’s time offers a high return as the beauty and diversity of the park is best seen while hiking along its trails. Spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and a closer look at the park’s vegetation are just a small part of the rewards reaped from a walk in this mountain forest.