The town of Boone sits in Watauga County atop the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Serving as the county seat and market town, Boone is also home to
Appalachian State University. Our town gets its name from the famous pioneer and explorer, Daniel Boone. The Town of Boone was incorporated in 1872 and now has reached a population of 18,280 people. At 3,333 feet above sea level, Boone sits at the highest elevation of any town its size east of the Mississippi!
South Fork of the New River: One of the oldest rivers in the world, the New River flows from Blowing Rock north ending up in the mountains of West Virginia. The clear waters of the New River are filled with trout over its first several miles and then has some of the finest smallmouth and musky fishing over the next hundred plus miles of river. From Boone through West Jefferson, the New River is an extremely popular summer and fall kayak and tubing destination.
Appalachian State University
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina, Appalachian State University has one of the highest elevations of any university in the United States east of the Mississippi River, at 3,333 feet. The university's main campus is in downtown Boone, a town of 18,834 compared to an ASU enrollment of 19,108 students. The campus encompasses 1,300 acres, including a main campus of 410 acres with 20 residence halls, 3 main dining facilities, 30 academic buildings, and 11 recreation/athletic facilities.
Summertime in Boone usually consists of temperatures no hotter than 76°F. Noticeably cooler than surrounding lowland areas, Boone may be just the place to escape the heat of a Carolina Summer. Winters in Boone are also colder than most. The regular snowfall provides perfect opportunities for wintry sports! Located off the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway, Boone offers a four season playground for families and adventure seekers alike.
Just miles away from Grandfather Mountain, Boone is known as one of the best outdoor adventure destinations in the Southeast. Boone boasts charming local businesses as well as a progressive school system that has been consistently rated for its excellence. The strong sense of community and natural beauty makes Boone stand out as one of the best places to visit and live.