Five of the Most Instagram-Worthy Sights and Landmarks in the High Country
The Blowing Rock
A trip to the High Country is not complete without snapping some photos at North Carolina’s oldest travel attraction, The Blowing Rock. The Blowing Rock stands 4,000 feet above sea level, hanging over the Johns River Gorge. Capture the sweeping views from along The Blowing Rock or from the nearby observation tower.
Daniel Boone Statue
On the campus of Appalachian State University, take a picture with local legend Daniel Boone. The bronze statue, created by former university professor Sherry Edwards, depicts Boone and his hunting dogs gathered around a log fire. Take a seat on the rock next to Boone and imagine you’re gearing up for his next exploration.
Doc Watson Statue
Commemorating Grammy Award-winning artist and Watauga County native Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson, take a seat, snap a pic and maybe even sing a tune with this statue in Boone. Located on the corner of North Depot and West King Streets, the Doc Watson Statue memorializes the singer sitting on a bench playing a model of his favorite guitar.
You know you’ve arrived in Banner Elk when you’re officially welcomed by the elk statue downtown. The statue was donated in 2002 by Elaine Wold and her late husband, Keith, for the town’s streetscape project. Depending on the time of year you visit, you will find seasonal decorations surrounding, and even on, the elk statue.
Linn Cove Viaduct
Head out for a scenic drive, and get some pics along the way, as you drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway showcases eye-catching views of the natural landscape and features more than 20 overlooks. One of the most photographed spots along the Blue Ridge Parkway is the Linn Cove Viaduct, an S-shaped bridge in Boone. Drive across the viaduct or take photos on foot by hiking one of the nearby trails.
One of the most popular waterfalls in the Blue Ridge Mountains, capture the breathtaking views of the Linville Falls. Photos and videos won’t truly do justice to this marvelous three-tiered waterfall that plunges into Linville Gorge, also known as the “Grand Canyon of the Southern Appalachians.”
Mile High Swinging Bridge
The views and photo opportunities are well worth a walk over the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain. Capture the mountains and lush trees in the background as you stand one mile above sea level on America’s highest suspension footbridge.