Boone NC and Grandfather Mountain

Boone NC KOAIt has been a tremendously hot summer here in North Carolina.  In light of that, we took a trip to Boone, NC for some much needed relief from the heat.  It is the highest KOA in the eastern U.S. at a height of nearly 4,000 feet with a relaxed, rural setting

Dan'l Boone Inn.A trip to Boone is never complete without eating a meal at the Dan’l Boone Inn.  They serve their meals family style and have the best country ham biscuits that can be found anywhere.

Dan'l Boone Inn

Not only is the food great, the entire atmosphere is inviting.  This bear along the walkway appears to have been carved on site from a tree in that same location.

Dan'l Boone Inn

The beautiful flowers are welcoming and abundant.

Grandfather MountainNot far away, towering at nearly 6,000 feet is Grandfather Mountain.  It gets it’s name from what looks to be the facial profile of an old man.

Grandfather MountainWhile entrance to the mountain is not free, the fee that is collected goes to a non-profit foundation that helps preserve the mountain and its facilities.  We were pleased with the audio CD that was included with our admission.  It gives you a self-guided tour of the mountain.  One of the facilities on the mountain is the Nature Museum.  It has over two dozen exhibits that educate visitors to the history of the mountain and the surrounding area.  Also in the building is a gift shop and a snack bar.

Grandfather Mountain

Next to the Nature Museum are the wildlife habitats in natural settings along a paved walking trail.  The exhibits include eagles, cougars, deer, and river otters.

Grandfather Mountain

They also include bears.  Watching the bears was the highlight of our trip.

Grandfather Mountain

This bear has a tongue that would make Gene Simmons jealous.

Grandfather Mountain

This one appeared to be recovering from a  long night of whatever bears do at night.

Grandfather Mountain

The views of the surrounding areas are remarkable from the various observation areas throughout the mountain.

Grandfather Mountain

At the top of the paved road is a parking lot and a walking path that takes you to the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge.  As you can see, the crowds can be heavy at times.  We got a later start and had to deal with some crowds and it was only getting busier as we were leaving.

Grandfather Mountain

Did I say Mile High Swinging Bridge?  Perhaps they should rename it to Almost Mile High Swinging Bridge.

Grandfather Mountain

The views from the rocks at the far side of the bridge are remarkable.  Fortunately it was a relatively clear day which gave us great views.

Grandfather Mountain

At heights like this, the clouds and mist can come in quickly.

Grandfather Mountain

Yes there is a Grandmother Mountain.

Grandfather Mountain

This is the actual peak of Grandfather Mountain.  I look forward to returning so I can hike to the top of it.

Mast General Store

On the way back to Boone, a side trip to Valle Crucis is well worth the time.  Not only is this a beautiful rural community, it is also home to the original Mast General Store that has been there since 1883.

Mast General Store

Not far down the road is the Mast General Store Annex.

Mast General Store

In addition to providing additional clothing and other items to what is available in the original store, my favorite part is the candy store with a huge selection of candy, many of which I haven’t seen anywhere else in a long time.

Factory Outlets

If you like shopping, you can find some in nearby Blowing Rock at the Tanger Outlets.

Boone NC KOA

Back at the KOA you can visit and feed the animals.

There are many other things to do in the area in addition to what we did this trip.  We’ll be sure to cover more of them in our next trip.

 

Happy Camping!

 

Boone NC and Grandfather Mountain was last modified on 06/13/2015 by Rick
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