There are many diverse activities to explore in and around the area of Ashe County, North Carolina. Summer occasions offer countless opportunities for outdoor recreation ranging from horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking, biking and camping along the Blue Ridge Parkway to canoeing, kayaking, tubing, whitewater rafting, and fishing on the nationally recognized New River.
If you like to tee off, the most excellent golfing can be found right in the area of West Jefferson… Jefferson Landing as well as Mountain Aire Golf Club offer unprecedented courses to host your best game.
Spring travel to the North Carolina Mountains offers striking wildflowers bursting with color and fall colors are nothing short of spectacular. One of the best ways to enjoy spring or fall in the mountains is with a scenic drive through the countryside.
Various state parks are within the vicinity including Mt. Jefferson State Park, New River State Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are also plenty of attractions to visit in Ashe County and other surrounding areas. West Jefferson is host to Ashe County Cheese, one of the oldest cheese producing factories, famous for their cheddar cheese daisy wheels.
Only a short 45 minute drive away are the towns of Boone, Blowing Rock and the Wilkesboros where there are numerous activities to explore. Grand-father Mountain, located off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, offers great golfing, hiking and fishing.
If you like trains, you can take a trip to Tweetsie Railroad Adventure Park in Blowing Rock which offers fun-filled rides and a great scenic view of the Appalachian Mountains. And just a bit further down the road, you’ll find the historical Biltmore Mansion located in Asheville, NC…America’s largest home.
Ashe County is also exceptionally stunning in its winter splendor, an ideal setting for creating lasting memories. If you’re an avid winter sports lover, there are several nearby ski resorts where you can hit the slopes in style. Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain and Appalachian Ski Mountain offer the best in skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and various winter terrain park activities.
If you’re looking to stay close to home, the winter season also offers fun-filled festivals featuring hay rides, ice carvings, the polar plunge, a chili cook-off, wine tasting, musical entertainment and more. Whether you choose a day of hiking, fishing, snowboarding, driving down a country road, exploring the area attractions or just staying at home curled up around a crackling fire, few areas rival the wide variety of year-round offerings you’ll find in North Carolina’s High Country.
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