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Boone is in Watauga County, in the North Carolina Mountains. It is the home of Appalachian State University [1] and the county seat.

Get in[edit]

Access is primarily by private vehicle. Fly to Charlotte (CLT), Raleigh (RDU), Asheville (AVL), or Greensboro (GSO). From Charlotte, take I-77 north to US-421 and go west or I-85 South to US 321 North at Gastonia. From Raleigh or Greensboro, take I-40 west to US 421 west at Winston-Salem. From Asheville, take I-40 east to US 321 at Hickory and head north to Blowing Rock.

Twice-daily, the Mountaineer Express ([PART bus #421 [2]) makes connections between Boone, Winston-Salem, and the Amtrak/Greyhound station in downtown Greensboro.

Seven times a day, the Hickory Hop [3] shuttle goes from Charlotte to Hickory (1 hour from Boone). Continuing taxi service is available, and shuttle service is planned.

See also Craigslist Ridesharing Board [4]

Get around[edit]

AppalCART currently has eight bus routes running in Boone. The buses are free to use within city limits.

The downtown area is very compact and easily walkable. The remainder of town is well provided with sidewalks and some bike lanes, making non-automotive transportation a reasonable idea.

  • Boone Taxi +1 828-266-3860

Boone Taxi provides all daytime transportation guided by the client. Rides anywhere in town average about five dollars per person. Boone Taxi also provides nightlife guidance and nighttime transport as well. Airport transport also available anytime. All information pertaining to Boone Taxi provided by the owner.


  • Blue Ridge Parkway. The parkway crosses hwy 421 east of Boone and hwy 321 to the south of Boone. If you head south on 321toward Blowing Rock you'll soon come upon it.
  • Howard's Knob. This is a short drive up the mountain and a great experience as it affords the most commanding view of all of downtown Boone. As you are riding in on either hwy 421 or hwy 321 you will not be able to miss the huge mountain sticking up out of the surrounding landscape. Howard's Knob park is up at the very top and it's easy to get to, you just have to know which road to turn onto off of King St. Heading west on 421, you will turn right onto Cherry St. Keep heading uphill and when you come to an intersection go in the direction that looks like it's leading uphill and before you know it you will come upon the park.
  • Appalachian State FootballKidd Brewer Stadium. One of the winningest programs in college football. 2005, 2006, 2007 NCAA Division I (FCS) National Champions


  • Moses Cone Memorial Park and Flat Top Manor. Located off the Blue Ridge Parkway between mile posts 292 and 295 the park offers 25 miles of hiking and horse trails. The grounds preserve the country estate of Moses Cone, a prosperous textile entrepreneur, conservationist, and philanthropist of the Gilded Age. Its centerpiece is Flat Top Manor, a 20-room, 13,000 square foot mansion built in 1901 which is now home to the Parkway Craft Center


In skiing season, there are several nearby mountains that offer skiing.

  • Ski Beech3363 Beech Mtn Pkwy, Beech Mountain, NC +1-800-438-2093. 10AM-10PM, seasonal. $50-150.
  • Appalachian Ski Mountain (Between Boone and Blowing Rock),  +1-800-322-2373.
  • Ski Sugar (Sugar Mountain, near Banner Elk),  +1 800-784-2768. 8AM-5PM, seasonal. $50-150 per day.
  • Hawksnest1778 Skyland Dr, Seven Devils, NC +1 828 963-6561fax: +1 828-963-6564. There hasn't been skiing there for the past couple of seasons, but they have upgraded their lodge and now exclusively offer tubing.


  • Footsloggers139 South Depot Street (At the corner of Depot Street and Howard Street),  +1 828-262-5111. For all kinds of weather and through every season, Footsloggers offers the finest in apparel, equipment and footwear for every outdoor setting; be it backpacking, camping, climbing, water sports or winter activities. From natural fiber and organic cotton to the latest in technical fabrics, Footsloggers can help you travel and arrive in comfort and style….whatever or wherever your destination.
  • Mast General Store630 W King St. +1 828 262-0000. M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 1PM-5PM. Mercantile goods, groceries, candy, and outfitters with atmosphere.


  • Los Arcoiris168 Boone Heights Drive +1 828 264-7770. Collectively owned mostly authentic Mexican food in the mountains of NC - you've got to love this place, and you've got to try the Chile Verde! $.
  • Black Cat Burrito127 S Depot St (Downtown). Since the year 2000, Black Cat has been serving some of North Carolina's finest food: Legendary burritos the size of a football, or an abnormally small child. For the majority of those eight years, Black Cat has also been home to some of Boone, North Carolina's finest live music, drawing both from the fantastic local music scene as well as artists from around the country and around the world. $.
  •    Boone Bagelry516 W. King St +1 828 262-5585. Up early and need a tasty and bagel-filled breakfast? On King Street and need a quick lunch? Boone Bagelry serves the best of both! $.
  • Macado's539 W King St +1 828 264-1375. Known for sandwiches. $$.
  • Makoto's Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar2124 Blowing Rock Road (On the right as you head toward Blowing Rock, just after the entrance to the Fairfield),  +1 828 264-7976. Communal dining with up to eight people per table seated around a hibachi grill. A separate sushi bar may provide quicker seating when there's a line waiting to get in the steakhouse section. $$.
  • Mellow Mushroom957 Rivers St +1 828 262-9801. College town pizza restaurant $$.
  • Mountain Bagels211 Boone Heights Dr. +1 828 268-2362.
  • Game Keeper in Foscoe has excellent wild game.



  • Country Inn and Suites818 E King St. +1-800-456-4000fax: +1 828-264-4104, e-mail: . High speed internet access, fitness center.
  • Fairfield Inn and Suites2060 Blowing Rock Road +1 828 268-0677fax: +1 828 268-0723. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: Noon. Three-story building with interior corridors, elevator and easily accessible stairwells, small lobby. Wifi. Complimentary continental breakfast with heatable breakfast sandwiches available. Adjacent to Chick-fil-A, Applebee's, and a gas station/convenience store that sells snacks, sodas, ice cream, and the Winston-Salem and Charlotte newspapers. Ruby Tuesday walkable. Convenient to Watauga Medical Center. $70-$170.
  • Holiday Inn Express1943 Blowing Rock Road +1-888-465-4329. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Five-story property with interior corridors, elevators, large lobby with fireplace. Suites available with gas fireplace, wet bar, microwave and separate bedroom. Wifi in all rooms. Convenient to Watauga Medical Center. Complimentary breakfast with hot and cold items served in lobby each morning. Burger King, Los Arcoiris, Long John Silver's walkable; one block from Greenway Trail. $80-$250.
  • Lovill House Inn404 Old Bristol Rd. +1 828 264-4204. Built in 1875 by Captain E.F. Lovill, a Civil War hero and State senator, offers private baths, TV and VCR, and wireless internet access. $130-210.
  • Stone Pillar Bed and Breakfast144 Pine St. +1 828 295-4141.

Watauga Lake Cabins, +1 803-524-5185, [5].offers a range of cabins from simplistic to high-end, this cabin rental company has been offering vacation homes to visitors of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Appalachia for nearly ten years. Cabins that are perfectly centric to the great Watauga Lake, Cherokee National Forest and the town destinations of Boone and Blowing Rock. Call +1 803 524-5185 for details.


Most locations that offer skiing also have resorts. They tend to be more expensive than lodging in town, but will keep you closer to the activity.

Mill Ridge Resort in Banner Elk on NC 105. offers 1-5 bedroom homes available for rent which include tennis, Swimming Pool, Hiking and much more. They have very reasonable year around rates.

Go next[edit]

West Jefferson

Blowing Rock

Mountain City

Routes through Boone
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