The Woodlands is located near many indoor, outdoor and historic attractions. Whether you are interested in invigorating outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting, mountain biking, snow skiing and horseback riding, or just shopping, brisk hikes and leisurely walks, you are guaranteed to find something for every member of your family. Experience the great outdoors and surrounding mountain scenery by taking advantage of the activities the area has to offer throughout all four seasons.
Nearby Ski Resorts including: Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, Beech Mountain Ski Resort, Hawknest Ski Resort and Appalachian Ski Resort offer snow skiing, tubing and ice-skating.
During the warmer seasons you can enjoy the New River and New River State Park, only a few minutes away. The New River offers fishing, swimming, tubing and canoeing.
Enjoy trout fishing along countless streams within Ashe County, many of them being stocked annually with rainbow and native trout.
The areas temperate climate and natural beauty offers some of the best hiking found anywhere in the US. Local hiking favorites are Bluff Mountain Nature Preserve, Jefferson State Natural Area, New River State Park, Mount Rogers State Park, Stone Mountain State Park, Grandfather Mountain and the Appalachian Trail.
Large lakes within the area are Kerr Scott Reservoir and Watauga Lake, both within 45 minutes drive. Watauga Lake is located in the Pisgah National Forest and is rated the third cleanest lake in America. Both these lakes offer hiking, picnicking, sailing, fishing, water skiing, and swimming.
The Blue Ridge parkway runs along the border of Ashe and Wilkes County. The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most visited National Park in the U.S. and offers scenic views, hiking trails and breathtaking waterfalls.
For those who love golf, Ashe County boasts two challenging, mountain courses. Mountainaire Golf Club offers spectacular views and a friendly atmosphere with reasonable rates. Jefferson Landing Golf Club offers an outstanding 4.5 star rated champion course designed by PGA and U.S. Open Champion Larry Nelson. Neighboring counties also offer several golf courses.
The area offers many various festivals, cultural events and other special events throughout the year including: the Wooly Worm Festival, Christmas in July, Blowing Rock’s Winterfest, the Highland Games on Grandfather Mountain and Merlefest which includes over 100 different folk and bluegrass artists. These are only a handful of the many events that take place year round.
Because of the beautiful scenery and mixed terrain, cycling is one of the most popular sports in the high country. The scenic Railroad Grade Road route in historic Todd and Fleetwood runs along the New River and ends at the historic Todd General Store. This route is widely hailed as one of the Ten Best Bike Paths in all of North Carolina. For the more disciplined riders, there are numerous challenging routes in the area. The area boasts such challenging cycling that even Lance Armstrong trained on the roads of Beech Mountain for his comeback on the Tour DuPont and later declared Boone and the surrounding area “the best area for training in the whole of the United States.”
Shopping in the historic downtown West Jefferson is a delight. Here shoppers can find antiques, collectibles, local arts and crafts and more modern goods in some of the boutiques. The Tanger Outlets On the Parkway can be found in nearby Blowing Rock.
With over 20% of all certified chefs in North Carolina working in the High Country, you're certain to taste some amazing cuisine in the mountains. Enjoy some of the best country cooking in the South at the famous Shatley Springs Restaurant, only a few minutes away and the Daniel Boone Inn in nearby Boone. There is also Sweet Aromas Bakery and Café and Michael’s in downtown West Jefferson. As visitors walk along the street, they can hear some of the finest country, folk and bluegrass music in the State coming out of many of the shops and restaurants.
For your convenience, we have provided categorized links of some of the many things to do in the High Country.