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For most visitors to Ashe County, the most alluring and charming characteristic is its seclusion from the high traffic tourist areas of Boone, Banner Elk and Blowing Rock. Ashe County is outside of the hustle and bustle, yet close enough to take a day trip to Boone and the High Country amenities. In the immediate areas, you can enjoy hiking, trout fishing and good old fashion relaxing. The New River is a great excursion and mountain attraction that runs directly through Ashe County.

For those wishing to play a round of golf, the area features two absolutely gorgeous golf courses - Mountain Aire< (a true mountain course!) and Jefferson Landing. Both offer a truly unique round of golf.

Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the pristine rivers and beautiful scenery of Ashe County. Several outdoor outfitters in the area offer guided trips, fishing and world class white water rafting.

Ashe County also offers a wide range of shopping experiences including the North West Trading Post and many others.
Demographics (Source: QuickFacts)
Population, 2004 25,224
Age, 2000 Persons under 5 years old: 5.3%
Persons under 18 years old: 19.8%
Persons 65 years old and over: 18.0%
Female persons: 50.7%
Race, 2000 White: 97.2%
Black or African American: 0.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3%
Asian persons: 0.2%
Persons reporting some other race: 1.1%
Persons reporting two or more races: 0.6%
White persons, not of Hispanic/Latino origin: 96.1%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin: 2.4%
Education, 2000 High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2000: 68.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2000: 12.1%
Households, 1999-2000 Households: 10,411
Persons per household: 2.31
Median household income: $28,824
Per capita money income: $16,429
Geography, 2000 Land area: 426 square miles
Persons per square mile: 57.2
Things to Do
Chamber of Commerce Ashe County<
Attractions and Amusements Cardinal Lanes
Bowling and family fun center including: mini golf, billiards, arcade games, snack bar, clean facilities, moonlight bowling, youth leagues and summer and fall leagues. Open 7 days a week.

Bluff Mountain Nature Preserve<
One of the most ecologically significant sites in the southeast. The mountain's unique geology, hydrology and ecology intertwine to create an unusual mixture of habitats and wildlife. The hike is approximately two miles over rocky terrain of medium difficulty and takes about four hours. Guided hikes by appointment only.

Gem Valley LLC - Gem Mining and Gem/Gift Shop<
2489 Little Peak Creek Rd
Jefferson NC 28640

Mt Jefferson State Natural Area <
Serving as an area landmark, Mt. Jefferson offers great hiking trails, educational seminars, picnicking and much more.

New River State Park<
Rugged hillsides, pastoral meadows and bucolic farmlands surround one of the oldest rivers in the world, the New River. Enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, picnicking and much more. Access the park eight miles southeast of Jefferson, 1.2 miles east of the intersection of NC 16 and NC 88 or 8 miles northeast of Jefferson, by taking Hwy. 221.
Arts Ashe Civic Center <
The Arts Council's Community Programming Series brings the best of music and theatre to Ashe County, and the Civic Center ( 300 seat theater) is the home to the Ashe County Little Theatre.

Ashe Arts Center <
The Ashe Arts Center in downtown West Jefferson features local artist's work in The Gallery Shop, changing visual art exhibits, concerts, and houses the offices of the Ashe County Arts Council.
Shopping Ashe County Cheese Company <
The Carolina's only cheese manufacturer, Ashe County Cheese, has been in business since 1930. Watch cheese being made, then select one of your favorites from the cheese and gift shop.

Todd General Store
Old time general store established in 1914 with extensive deli, collectibles & antiques, gourmet foods, old time music jams on Friday evenings. Storytelling in season on Tuesday evenings. Storytelling and Friday night music events are donation only.

Ashe County Farmer's Market
Produce, nursery plants, jellies, cakes, breads, handmade items and more, all home grown and handmade. Saturdays 8:00am - 1:00pm (May 14-October 29) Wednesdays 8:00am - 1;00
(July 13-?) Back Street of Downtown West Jefferson.
Wineries Thistle Meadow Winery<
Thistle Meadow Winery offers individualized tours and wine tasting of wines made from grapes grown around the world. Thistle Meadow creates a wide variety of red, white and blush wines. We also have wine accessories, clothing and gift certificates.


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