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Watauga County lies in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Watauga is an Indian name often translated "whispering waters," "beautiful waters" or "land of the beyond," all of which describe this High Country area.

Boone, the county seat and home of Appalachian State University, is known as the Heart of the High Country. It is listed in two editions of The 100 Best Small Towns in America, the 1995 edition of Where to Retire and was a platinum winner for Best Mountain Town in the 1998 Blue Ridge Country Magazine.

Blowing Rock became one of the South’s first resorts in the late 1800s when wealthy families sought to escape the flatland’s heat and disease. Grand hotels, like the Green Park Inn, provided vacationers with first class accommodations and entertainment. The town continues this tradition of resort-like relaxation offering genteel comfort, cool air and beautiful mountain vistas to visitors.

Watauga County NC is a naturalist and outdoor enthusiast's paradise. There are mountains to climb, cliffs to scale, rivers to swim, raft or canoe, areas to camp, caves for the spelunker, scenic country roads to explore, trails to hike, rare and diverse plant and animal wildlife (many on the endangered species list) to appreciate and awe inspiring views to behold.

Six golf courses are within the county. Nine additional courses are in the High Country area. For the horseback rider, Moses Cone Park off the Blue Ridge Parkway provides over 27 miles of trails, and the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, the oldest continuing horse show in the country, attracts many of the best equestrians in the United States. The Blue Ridge Parkway runs through Watauga County. Hundreds of thousands of motorists leisurely drive the Parkway every year to enjoy the spectacular scenery.


Demographics (Source: QuickFacts)
Population, 2004 42,457
Age, 2000 Persons under 5 years old: 3.9%
Persons under 18 years old: 16.3%
Persons 65 years old and over: 11.0%
Female persons: 50.2%
Race, 2000 White: 96.5%
Black or African American: 1.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3%
Asian persons: 0.6%
Persons reporting some other race: 0.5%
Persons reporting two or more races: 0.6%
White persons, not of Hispanic/Latino origin: 95.4%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin: 1.5%
Education, 2000 High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2000: 81.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2000: 33.2%
Households, 1999-2000 Households: 16,540
Persons per household: 2.26
Median household income: $32,611
Per capita money income: $17,258
Geography, 2000 Land area: 313 square miles
Persons per square mile: 136.6
Things to Do
Chambers of Commerce Boone<
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Attractions and Amusements Tweetsie Railroad<
Tweetsie Railroad is North Carolina's oldest theme park. A three mile train ride takes you back to the days of the old west. There are also amusement rides for all ages and live entertainment throughout the park.

Grandfather Mountain<
Grandfather Mountain is one of the High Country's most visited attractions. Grandfather's main attractions include its beautiful alpine hiking trails, mile high swinging bridge and nature museum. Grandfather is home to various festivals and special events throughout the year including the Highland Games. During this unique event, over one hundred Scottish clans and societies sponsor a celebration of Scottish dance, music and athletics. Located on US Highway 221, two miles north of Linville, North Carolina, Grandfather Mountain is just a short drive for a day of family fun.

Blue Ridge Parkway<
The Parkway follows the Appalachian Mountain chain and provides seemingly endless views of many parallel ranges connected by cross ranges and scattered hills. From Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smokies, the parkway spans 369 miles.

Wildlife is abundant along the Parkway. During the day, woodchucks, chipmunks and squirrels can be seen. At night, skunks, bobcats, foxes, opossums, and raccoons may be seen along the roadsides. Whitetail deer and black bears are present, but seldom seen. Look for them in early morning or evening.

Linville Falls and Linville Caverns<
Linville Falls is one of the many natural wonders of the High Country. A short walk from the parking area unveils the beauty of the falls. Five minutes away from the falls, you can explore the natural limestone caverns of Linville Caverns. For a small admission fee, you can experience the power and beauty of nature.
Recreation Fishing
Gem Mining
Rock Climbing
Whitewater Rafting

For more information, visit High Country Outdoors<.
Museums Appalachian Cultural Museum
Museum of North Carolina Minerals
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