There’s no place quite like North Carolina’s High Country.

You'll find something for everyone here, whether you're looking for great family fun or an exciting night out. Arts, crafts, music—even a trolley that takes you on a wine-tasting tour to local vineyards—we've got it all.

We're big on festivals, which range from the Woolly Worm Festival to the Fine Arts & Mastercrafts Festival to the Annual Roasting of the Hog and Fireworks Display (going on 50 years now). Oh, and the grandfather famous Grandfather Mountain Highland Games are not to be missed. You can also enjoy outdoor concerts, Lees MacRae summer theater performances, skiing, rock climbing and so much more. Explore just a few highlights of what this unique region has to offer, and be sure to check out the Avery-Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce so you don't miss a thing.

An Appalachian Summer Festival

NC High An Appalachian Summer Festival has long been credited for its leadership role in enriching the cultural landscape of northwestern North Carolina. In recent years, the festival has attained national stature—and is now regarded as one of the country's leading regional arts festivals.

This season of An Appalachian Summer Festival will be presented online. Click here for a complete schedule and details.

The Turchin Center

The Turchin Center exhibition team has worked to create beautiful video walkthroughs of each of the exhibitions in their galleries. They have combined these videos with a wealth of information about each exhibition into a new format that they are calling Connections. The Connections publication is an interactive pdf that will give an overview of the featured artist, their work, and ways to connect with that body of work that is on display at the Turchin Center.

High Country Host

NC High Country Host is a membership marketing organization serving six counties in the Northwestern mountains of North Carolina with a primary mission of attracting visitors.

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Parkway is 469 miles long—125 of which run through the High Country. Our area is proud to feature some of the most visited, most photographed parts of the Parkway.

Grandfather Mountain

At 5,964 feet, Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge with some of the oldest rock formations in the world. Come walk across the Mile-High Swinging Bridge.