Things To Do

The rugged countryside of the Blue Ridge Mountains provides a wide array of activities for the outdoor enthusiast.  The Mountains to Sea Trail, which runs just past our driveway, as well as numerous trails along the Parkway or in nearby parks like Mount Jefferson, New River State Park, Linville Gorge, Doughton Park, and Stone Mountain, provide miles of hiking opportunities ranging from short easy jaunts to more strenuous treks.

If you want to get on the water, take in a trip on the New River in a canoe, kayak or tube. Drift down the river while taking in the fresh air and beautiful scenery. Fishermen love this area for its many freshwater streams. Bring your gear and catch smallmouth bass, rock bass "red-eyes", musky and catfish.

Zaloo's Canoes is 10 minutes from us and provides tubing, kayaking and canoeing.   

For cyclists, the scenic Parkway is a great road for riding.  Gorgeous vistas, rolling hills and light automobile traffic make it an unparalleled choice for either a casual ride or more serious training.  Also, many local bike clubs stage organized events throughout the year such as the Blue Ridge Brutal, Blood Sweat and Gears, and the Bridge to Bridge Ride.

Horseback riding at Moses Cone Park or Stone Mountain as well as nearby ranches offer a less strenuous alternative to enjoy a pleasant ride in the high country.

Motorcyclists especially enjoy the rolling hills, sweeping curves and scenic vistas along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

More relaxing diversions include shopping and browsing the antique shops and art galleries of West Jefferson and Blowing Rock.  Or take in the lovely Church of the Frescoes in Glendale Springs.

Visit Rose Mountain Butcher Shoppe and Ashe County Farmer's Market in West Jefferson for farm raised and home grown poultry, pork, and fresh vegetables.   Weekend food baskets are available from Rose Mountain Butcher Shoppe.  Don't forget to visit the Ashe County Cheese Factory & Store in West Jefferson too.  

Partake of one of the many music festivals like Merlefest, the Ola Belle Reed Festival, Christmas In July (music & crafts) festival, Fidder's Conventions or the Sugar Grove festival. Visit the General Store in Todd or Phipps General Store in Lansing to hear old time storytellers or catch a bluegrass pickin' session.  Enjoy a free concert at the Backstreet Park in West Jefferson or the Cook Memorial Park in Todd.  Join a flat footing barn dance at the Jubilee in Sparta.

Or simply go for a leisurely drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway where you are sure to catch a glimpse of various woodland critters as well as panoramic views of endless mountains, breathtaking sunsets and sunrises, colorful autumn foliage and cool starry summer nights.

For details on upcoming events while lodging in Ashe County and the western NC mountains, check out our Activities tab, with Events Calendar and Blog on our website or view High Country Host events, or contact our local Visitor's Center for updates.