About Boone, North Carolina
The town of Boone is located in the northwest corner of North Carolina, nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains about 3,300 feet above sea level. The local population is just below 13,500. The region is nicknamed 'The High Country' for its mountainous terrain. The University is very much a part of Boone and the regional community. Appalachian' s students enjoy the excitement of a mid-sized university environment, as well as the small-town feel of Boone and its unique culture.
For the outdoor enthusiast, Boone boasts fantastic mountain views in all seasons with a wide variety of recreation opportunities. The region is also steeped in local Appalachian history and culture. Residents experience this culture through local music, theater and art exhibitions around the region. The High Country is truly one of North America's treasured regions. For Appalachian students, it is theirs to discover.
Follow the links below for information on activities and events in the area:
- Arts and Culture
- Outdoor Recreation
- Community Service
- Local Festivals and Events
- Graduate Student Organizations
- Useful Links
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
Featuring nationally-renowned artists, as well as student work.
Downtown Boone Gallery Crawl
A community event happening the first Friday of every month.
Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition
A national juried competition featuring large-scale contemporary sculpture.
Appalachian Performing Arts Series
A rich array of theater, music and dance performances throughout the academic year.
Appalachian Summer Festival
An annual, multi-disciplinary arts festival celebrating the summer in Boone.
Theater and Dance Performances at the Valborg Theater
Featuring the best of student performances throughout the academic year.
Art in the Park (Blowing Rock)
A series of juried arts and crafts shows in downtown Blowing Rock.
Hayes Performing Arts Center (Blowing Rock)
A first-class venue offering professional theater and educational programs for the area.
Jones House Community Center
A historic house dedicated to preserving the culture of Boone.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Scenic drives, as well as hiking and camping.
Hiking and camping along the waterfalls.
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Hiking, fishing and horseback riding.
Julian Price Park
Camping, hiking and canoeing.
Hebron Rock Colony
Hiking and swimming along the waterfalls.
Hiking, as well as walking along a mile-high suspension bridge.
The Greenway Walking Trail
Jogging, walking and cycling.
Hiking on the highest peak east of the Mississippi.
The New River
Canoeing, kayaking and fly-fishing.
Skiing and Snowboarding
On-campus Intramural Sports
Volleyball, basketball and many more.
Watauga Parks and Recreation
ACT (Appalachian and the Community Together)
A student organization joining volunteers to local causes.
Helping homeless people in the Boone area get back on their feet.
Hunger and Health Coalition
Providing grocery items, medical prescriptions , and basic healthcare to those in need.
Habitat for Humanity
The local chapter of Habitat.
High Country United Way
The local chapter of United Way.
Blue Ridge Conservancy
Dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the area.
Watauga County Farmer's Market
Fresh, local produce sold every Saturday during the summer months.
Woolly Worm Festival (Banner Elk)
A local tradition, not to be missed!
MerleFest, (North Wilkesboro)
Celebrate local bluegrass and Americana music.
New River Blues Festival
Experience mountain music, local crafts and traditional food.
Wine Country tours (Yadkin County)
Sample varieties from the up-and-coming North Carolina vineyards.
Graduate Student Association Senate (GSAS)
Celebrating and improving graduate education at Appalachian.
Social Order of Graduate Students (SOGS)
A cross-disciplinary student organization for social networking.
Ray's Boone Weather
Local, accurate forecasts for many High Country locations.
A community paper featuring local news and events.
High Country Press
Another community paper featuring local news and events.
Information on the nightlife for the town of Boone.