High Country Boone NC Corn Maze Locations

Looking for a fun activity to do with your family this fall? Check out these great corn maze locations that are for sure to bring a lot of laughter and fun for your family.

Harvest Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Harvest Farm Corn Maze

When: September 21  – October (Date TBD)
Thursdays 11am – 6pm
Fridays 11am -10pm
Saturdays 10am – 10pm
Sundays 1pm – 6pm

The theme this year is “Believe in Someone” and the corn maze is Sasquatch!

Where: 3287 NC 194, Valle Crucis, NC 28691

Rates: ages 13 & up: $12
ages 4 – 12: $7
ages 3 & under: Free
• $1 discount for seniors, military
• Children 12 & under must be accompanied by a
parent or guardian
• For questions or concerns please call 828-260-0765 or visit http://www.harvestfarmllc.com/homepage.shtml.

New River Corn Maze

When: September 13 – October
Friday and Saturday 10 – dark and Sunday 1 – dark.

Where: 660 Laurel Gap Ridge Boone, NC 28607

Rates: Corn Maze
$7.00 Adults
$5.00 Students/Kids
Kids age 5 and under FREE

Tram Ride
$7.00 Adults
$5.00 Students/Kids
Kids age 5 and under FREE

Combo Ticket (Maze & Ride)
Student/Kid discount does not apply
Kids age 5 and under FREE

Pumpkins are priced by size

For questions or concerns please visit website.

Ashe County Corn Maze

When: September 27 – November 1

Friday – 3:00pm -9:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am -9:00pm
Sunday – 1:00pm -7:00pm

Where: 644 Roy Goodman Rd. Crumpler, NC 28617

For questions or concerns please call (336) 982-6285 or visit the website.

App Ski Mtn. Giving FREE Ski Tickets on November 16, 2018

Thanks to the temperature drop, there is snow on the ground at App Ski Mtn!

Appalachian Ski Mtn.’s 57th season is scheduled to begin Friday, November 16, 2018! To celebrate, the first 100 guests to the Ticket Cashier Window will receive a FREE ski ticket!

Let the ski season begin!

Upcoming events:

  1. Carolina Snowbelles Ice Skate Fundraiser – Friday, November 23 from 5:00-6:30
    Skating is only $10/person (includes skate rental). All proceeds go to The Carolina Snowbelles, a precision dance troupe, for their trip to DC to perform at the Kennedy Center on Dec. 15.
  2.  Anniversary Weekend – December 1-2, 2018
    Celebrate 57th year of family fun as we roll back tickets to 1962 prices! $5 Ski Tickets for the Day Session Saturday & Sunday (9am-4pm).
  3. Sunday Night 1/2 Night Special – $10
    Ski or Ride for only $10. Normal Sunday Night Special session is from 7:30 – 10pm, purchase online and get an extra hour FREE!

Town of Boone Celebrates Annual Boone BOO w/ Teal Pumpkin Project!

The Town of Boone’s Cultural Resources Department is proud to present the 18th annual Boone BOO! on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

During Boone BOO!, the Jones House, the Watauga County Public Library, and downtown merchants will host a fun (and spooky!) Halloween celebration for everyone. During the event, King Street (from Appalachian Street to Waters Street) will be closed from 4:30 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. to ensure pedestrian safety and to encourage a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience for all participants.

At 3:15 P.M., the Watauga County Public Library will kick-off the celebration with a spooktacular magic show by Twist the Balloon Man. After the magic show, the library will have arts & crafts and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture will host an apple-themed booth. Stop by to enjoy apple tastings (with more than seven varieties of apples), an apple peeling activity, and a cider press demonstration. At 6:00 P.M., the library will have spooky stories that will chill your spine with Tammy at 6:00 PM for ages 10 and up.

Starting at 4:00 P.M., the Jones House Cultural and Community Center will be transformed into a silly and spooky haunted house with plenty of tricks and treats for kids of all ages! On the lawn, you can enjoy a bounce house, games with Appalachian State athletes, and give-a-ways for children of all ages. Twist the Balloon Man will be at the Jones House to create amazing (and free!) balloon art.

From 5:00 – 6:00 P.M., the community is invited to trick–or–treat at participating downtown merchants. Various downtown merchants will also be handing out non-food treats for children with food allergies as a part of the Teal Pumpkin Project. These businesses can be identified by a teal pumpkin outside their doors.

We ask all Boone BOO! participants to be mindful and considerate of our younger participants when planning their costumes to help ensure a fun, family-friendly event for all.

For more information please call the Jones House at (828) 268-6280 or visit www.joneshouse.org.

Town of Boone Plans a Fun Fourth of July for Families

Mark your calendars for a fun-filled Fourth of July!

The Town of Boone is excited and proud to the honor 2018 Grand Marshalls, Jerry and Margaret Moore. Coach Moore coached the Appalachian State Mountaineers football team for 24 years and lead the team to 10 Southern Conference championships, 18 postseason appearances, and three national titles.

The parade will start at the Poplar Grove Extension traveling East on King Street through downtown Boone, concluding at Appalachian State University’s Legends Parking lot, located on Hardin Street.

The Watauga Community Band will provide live music throughout the parade on the street in front of the Jones House Cultural and Community Center, located at 604 West King Street. The band will play a mix of patriotic songs and other popular hits.

Following the parade, the Town of Boone and the Jones House will continue the celebration with free cake and watermelon on the Jones House lawn.

The fun continues later that evening at Clawson-Burnley Park, located off of Hunting Hills Lane, near the “Tot Lot,” baseball fields, and Greenway. The entertainment starts at 7:00 p.m. with music provided by DJ Carl. The public is invited to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the annual fireworks display, which will begin around 9:30 p.m.

To join the parade with your own float or entry, please fill out the parade registration form located at joneshouse.org. Registration forms should be returned by July 3rd to ensure a space in the parade.

For more information about July 4th activities please visit joneshouse.org or contact the Town of Boone’s Cultural Resources Department at 828-268-6280.

Schedule of 2016 High Country Vacation Bible Schools



vacation bible school


Church: Blowing Rock First Baptist
Dates: Sunday, June 19 – Thursday, June 23 (6:00pm – 8:00pm)

Annual Vacation Bible School for all children from preschool age to those completing 5th grade. More details coming soon! VBS will be Sunday through Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00 with a meal at 5:30.

For more info: (828) 295-7715

Church: Mount Vernon Baptist Church
Dates: Monday, June 27 – Thursday, June 30 (9am – 12:15pm)

Follow Jesus the Light of the World at Cave Quest VBS.

Registration coming soon!


Church: First Presbyterian Church
Dates: Monday, July 11 – Thursday, July 14 (9am – 12pm)

Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace! Visit Joseph in the prison—or palace—to hear some amazing, true stories about trusting God through the good and bad times! Register now to join our team in Egypt!

Please contact us if you would like your VBS added!

Let’s Celebrate Easter: 2016 High Country Family Easter Events

Easter is arriving soon. There are lots of fun family events in and around the High Country. Check out the great events! High Country NC Easter

March 19: Easter Egg Festival & Hunt at Memorial Park in Blowing Rock. Annual fun for kids & families! Games and Activities start at 10:00am. Egg hunt is at 11:00am.

March 19: Easter Egg Hunt in Banner Elk
9:30am – Breakfast with the Bunny at Banner Elk Cafe
11:00 – Children’s Egg Hunt in Tate Evans Park with Family Fun to Follow!

March 19: The Annual Downtown Boone Easter Eggstravaganza is a fun, family friendly event for the whole family the Saturday before Easter weekend. The Town of Boone, the Watauga County Library, and the Downtown Boone Development Association together provide arts & crafts, games, and an exciting Easter Egg hunt for children ages 0 -12.

The fun starts at 2 pm at the Watauga Co. Library located on Queen St. in downtown Boone. Children then “parade” down to the Jones House Community Center, just a hop and a skip away from the library, for more games and an Easter Egg hunt. Free refreshments, prizes, and more are provided.

March 23: Easter Event at Laurel Springs Baptist Church at 6:30pm.  This event is for the entire family.

March 26: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Chick-fil-A! Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Chick-fil-A. Kids, ten and under, enjoy a FREE 3-count chicken mini between 8:30am-10am. Don’t forget to bring your cameras!

March 26: Easter Egg Hunt at Boone UMC from 10:00 to 11:30am. It’s for toddlers through elementary ages. The event will be rain or shine!

March 26: Beech Mountain’s Hoppy Easter Party 10:00am – 12:00pm Join Buckeye Recreation Center Saturday March 26th for an EGG-straordinary party and egg hunt.  We will be offering a small breakfast, games, activities, and of course a visit from Peter Cottontail.  Please RSVP 828-387-3003.  Any questions please call.


2015 Family Halloween Events in the High Country

It’s Halloween week! We have a full list of family friendly events around the High Country. Have a wonderful fun-filled week. If you would like to have an event added, please leave a comment below. Thank you!


App State University Housing Trick or Treat 

When: October 29, 2015; 5:00pm-7:00pm

Where: University Dorms

Mount Vernon Fall Family Festival

When: October 29, 5:30pm-8:00pm

Where: Mount Vernon Baptist Church

Food, Inflatables, Games and MUCH more!

14th Annual Downtown Boone BOO!

When: October 30, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Where: Watauga Library, Jones House and Downtown Businesses

4:00-4:30pm – Crafts and activities at the Library
4:30-4:45pm – Parade to the Jones House
4:45-6:00pm – Trick or Treat at Downtown Businesses


2015 Beech Mountain Haunted Halloween Party

When: October 30, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Beech Mountain Recreation Center

From ghosts to goblins, spooky games and the first Buckeye Haunted Maze, our family friendly Halloween party will be an enjoyment for all.

Make sure you sign up for the town trick-or-treat. Festivities at Buckeye will follow at 6 pm. Come if you dare!


Halloween at the YMCA in Avery County

When: October 30, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Where: The Williams YMCA

FREE for the entire community! We will have bounce house, mini golf, trunk or treat, s’mores, games, cake walk and face painting!


High Gravity Adventures Costume Contest

When: October 30, 31, and November 1

Where: High Gravity Adventures

HGA is family friendly fun (ages 4+) on the high ropes course right beside Tweetsie. Wear your Halloween Costume for a chance to win a 2016 Season Pass!


Halloween Discount at Menchie’s

When: October 31

Where: Menchie’s of Boone


Wear your Halloween costume to Menchies on Halloween and get $1 off your mix!!!


Beary Scary Halloween at Grandfather Mountain

When: October 31, 10:30am-3:30am

Where: Grandfather Mountain

Celebrate Halloween at Grandfather Mountain!

Activities will include nature programs, Halloween-themed crafts, a costume contest, trick or treating in the animal habitats, an animal enrichment and more!

Programs are included with park admission. Children in costume get in for half price!


Trunk or Treat at Appalachian State University Football Stadium

When: October 31, 12:00pm-2:00pm

Where: Stadium, Justice and Duncan Parking Lots

Celebrate Halloween at the Appalachian State Football Game!

With Saturday’s home game falling on Halloween for the first time in seven years, fans of all ages are invited to participate in a “Trunk or Treat” program while tailgating prior to Saturday’s contest.

Fans of all ages are also welcome to wear their costumes into Kidd Brewer Stadium for Saturday’s game. However, for the safety of all fans, costume accessories that can be used/construed as weapons, projectiles or artificial noisemakers are prohibited from the stadium. Final determination on all items will be at the discretion of stadium security personnel.

Tailgaters that bring treats to distribute to the ghosts, ghouls, goblins and Mountaineers that will be roaming the Stadium, Justice and Duncan lots are asked to please click HERE to download/print a sign to display at their tailgates to show that trunk-or-treaters are welcome.

Blowing Rock Halloween Festival

When: October 31, 2014; 1:00pm-9:00pm

Where: Downtown Blowing Rock

All free and open to the public!

Bring the little goblins to the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum for some “creepy crafts” – -Halloween-themed, hands-on activities for the family! Free. Chestnut Drive. 2-3 pm.

Air walks in Memorial Park 3.-8:00 pm.

Games & a fun house in the Recreation Center for the kids! 3:00-5:30 pm.

Hay Rides through Blowing Rock with Tom: 4:00.-8:00 pm. (Meet in Memorial Park)

The Monster March: Line up at the American Legion at 5:30 pm; Parade at 5:45 pm.

Trick or Treat in Downtown Blowing Rock: 6:00 pm -until. (Look for the black and orange balloons)

Costume Contest: Sign up at the Recreation Center (the White Building by the Tennis Courts) by 6:45 pm); March begins at 7:00 pm.

Moonlight Scavenger hunt at Broyhill Lake- begins after the Costume Contest. Participate in teams (max: 3 per group, ages 6-13) Bring your flashlight!

2015 Trick or Treating at Boone Mall

When: October 31, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Boone Mall

Families put on your awesome costumes and head over to the Boone Mall. From 5-7 p.m., stop at each store around the mall to Trick or Treat!


Trick or Treat at Boooo-ne UMC

When: October 31, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Boone United Methodist Church

Are you looking for a place to Trick or Treat in a warm, dry and safe environment? Booooo-ne UMC will be hosting a great night of safe Trick or Treating on October 31 in the Family Life Center from 4:30 to 6:30pm. There will be lots of treats and games including a light dinner for those who want more than candy.


2015 Trunk or Treating in Banner Elk

When: October 31, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Old Banner Elk School

Banner Elk Trunk or Treat is always held on Halloween Night from 5 to 8 PM.
Costume contest for all goblins and their 4 legged friends.
Join in on the fun by hosting a car truck or SUV.
We will gladly except donations of bags of candy and can good for our food drive.
Get you Spook on!


Green Valley Park Hosts Family Fun TubeFest!

TubeFest Todd NCYou and your family are invited to TubeFest! This is an outdoor family recreation event highlighting planned park improvements and the need for resources to make them happen. It is a FUNdraiser while having fun!

Green Valley Park and High Country Pathways are partnering on a Recreational Trails Grant to provide significant improvements including, a paved walking trail, steps from the river access to the picnic shelter, trail upgrades, and an improved river access.

Details of the event:

When: Saturday, August 29th 10:am – 5:00pm

Where: 3746 Big Hill Road, Todd, NC (5 mi. north of Boone on NC 194 then 3.5 mi. past GV School on Big Hill Rd. on the New River). Maps & directions at greenvalleypark.org.

Cost: $10 tube ride and shuttle. (~ 1hr. float down the scenic New River) Hot dogs and chips, water and soda available at take out. Games and park amenities available to continue enjoying the park. Last tube shuttle is at 3:50 pm.

High Country Family Events August 14 – 16

The last unofficial weekend of summer. School starts back for public schools and at Appalachian State University next week. It’s going to be a great weather so hope you all have a wonderful fun-filled weekend! Check out all the family-friendly events below.

August 14:

1. Tweetsie – Bring the whole family out to enjoy Tweetsie fun!

2. Open Play Time at The Children’s PlayhouseMake the ultimate summer souvenir at The Children’s Playhouse in the month of July. We make it easy by stocking everything you need. Take home your special t-shirt home and leave the mess here! We will have adult and children’s sizes on hand.
Cost: $7 per shirt for members, $12 for nonmembers (includes admission to The Children’s Playhouse). Bring your own shirt and dye it for $4. Open play hours are 10-5:00 on Fridays.

3. Family Movie Showings: 

Regal Cinemas – Now showing: Minions (2015) and Shaun the Sheep Movie

Parkway TheaterNow showing: Max (Family Adventure)

4. Blowing Rock Recreation Pool – Enjoy the public swim from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm. Click here for more details

5. Jones House Summer Concert this week will feature Adam Pope Band and Buck Haggard Band. Concert begins at 5 pm. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on and an umbrella in the event of rain.

6. Music in the Valle7:00pm The “Music in the Valle” Concert Series at Valle Crucis Community Park. Admission is free, but a $5 donation to the park per person is recommended. Bring a chair or a blanket and a picnic, as food generally is not available for sale.

7. Bonfires at Chetola – Enjoy some outdoor fun with your friends at the new fire pit by Chetola Lake at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. Bonfires are scheduled for 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday evening, weather permitting. Kids can purchase $5 s’mores kits and roast their marshmallows over the open fire. The event also features an outdoor cash bar and live music. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola at (828) 295-5505, or visit www.chetola.com.

August 15:

1. Wee-Cycle Children’s Consignment 2015 Fall Sale – 8am – 6pm Shop local and support the community. Lots of great deals on children’s clothing, toys and baby gear.

2. Watauga County Farmers Market is Open! – The market opens with live music from local musicians, cooking demos from local food enthusiasts, activities in the kids corner, and the unbeatable atmosphere that makes the market “Boone’s Town Square Since 1974!” Join PHARMN at the Kids’ Corner

When: 8 am until noon

Where: Horn in the West Parking Lot – 591 Horn in the West Dr. Boone, NC 28607
Cost: Free
Contact: info@wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org

3. Tweetsie – Bring the whole family out to enjoy Tweetsie fun!

4. Free Clogging Classes at Appalachian Rhythm – the studio is offering a free Pitter Patter class (for 3-4 year olds) from 10-10:30am and a free Kidz Klog class (for 5-7 year olds) from 11-11:30am. If you know someone who would really like to try a class before deciding if they like it enough to sign up, this is a great opportunity!

5. Craft Time at Michael’s (Backpack Dangler) – 10am – 12pm Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up

Backpack Dangler

6. Family Movie Showings: 

Regal Cinemas – Now showing: Shaun the Sheep Movie

Parkway TheaterNow showing: Max (Family Adventure)

7. Blowing Rock Recreation Pool – Enjoy the public swim from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm. Click here for more details.

8. Blowing Rock Art & History Museum – 10:00 am – 11:00 am Join the Legend Lady Charlotte Ross as she tells authentic folktales from the Appalachian Mountains – including one about Appalachia’s most famous ghost dog!

9. Street Dance at Beech Mountain Town Hall – Dancers and non-dancers alike will love the old-fashioned street dances on Beech Mountain! A sand dance floor is made in the parking lot in front of town hall and chairs are set out for spectators. Music is provided by a DJ or small local band. Dances take place from 7-9 pm. There’s no charge.

10. Boone KOA Campground Hosts Sound Traveler – Join Sound Traveler for an evening in a beautiful natural setting! Bring your lawn chairs, the kids, & a picnic. Free & open to the public, although donations are accepted for RAM (Resort Area Ministries). Sound Traveler’s appearance is courtesy of RAM & Boone KOA Campground.

Boone KOA Campground
123 Harmony Mountain Lane
Boone, NC 28607

11. Honey Bear Campground Family Drive-In Movie – “Nut Job“! The movie starts at dusk…. Around 8:30. Check in at our office to purchase you car parking pass! Only $5.00 a car load so load em up!

August 16:

1. Tweetsie – Bring the whole family out to enjoy Tweetsie fun!

2. Wee-Cycle Children’s Consignment 2015 Fall Sale – 12pm – 5pm Shop local and support the community. Lots of great deals on children’s clothing, toys and baby gear.

3. Family Movie Showings: 

Regal Cinemas – Now showing: Shaun the Sheep Movie

Parkway TheaterNow showing: Max (Family Adventure)

4. Sunday Concert at Blowing Rock Park – Each Sunday after Art in the Park from June through September, bring a chair or blanket and enjoy FREE entertainment at the gazebo in Memorial Park in Blowing Rock. The American Legion Hall is the backup venue in case of inclement weather. Concerts begin at 4:00pm.

5. Music on the Veranda at Green Park Inn, Blowing Rock, NC – Free concerts every Sunday evening from 5-8:00pm. Enjoy local favorites the Harris Brothers, The Neighbors, Mountain Radio, Todd Wright and more on the veranda of this classic historic hotel. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy the show! Performances rain or shine- find the concert indoors in inclement weather. Drinks and Tavern Fare available. Performance schedule coming soon.


Family Frozen Yogurt Deals at Menchie’s of Boone!

We love to find deals in the High Country and share them with you. Cool off this summer with these great deals at Menchie’s of Boone.

Menchie's of Boone


Monday: Fill up your cup for $3.00 (up to 10 ounces)

Wednesday: Kids 13 and under get 50% off their cup.

Follow Menchie’s on Facebook and Instagram for more great deals. Enjoy your frozen delight!