Boone is a great little mountain town with a population of about 14,000. Named after Daniel Boone who supposedly camped here on his travels across the state, it is home to Appalachian State University and at an elevation of 3300′ is the highest mountain town of its size east of the Mississippi River. Summer high temps average in the 70’s and lo’s in the 50’s. Higher elevations can get even cooler and sometimes create their own weather so always pack an extra layer.
The beautiful mountains, laidback atmosphere and abundance of outdoor activities have brought us some notoriety over the years; Lance Armstrong claims it’s his favorite place to train. Boone was noted as “an ultimate outdoor adventure destination” by Outside Magazine a few years ago. You’ll just have to come visit and see for yourself why everyone loves the high country so much.
Explore a bit further; visit an interactive map, check out what the NY Times “36 Hours in Boone” has to say, see what’s up at App State or read up on the local happenings in the High Country Press or the Mountains Times. The Chamber of Commerce and has lots of links as does the High Country Host.