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Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. Boone's population was 17,122 in 2010. Boone is the county seat of Watauga County and the home of Appalachian State University. The town is named for famous American pioneer and explorer Daniel Boone, and every summer since 1952 has hosted an outdoor amphitheatre drama, Horn in the West, portraying the British settlement of the area during the American Revolutionary War and featuring the contributions of its namesake. It is the largest community and the economic hub of the seven-county region of Western North Carolina known as the High Country.In 2012, Boone was listed among the 10 best places to retire in the U.S. by U.S. News.AboutBoone took its name from the famous pioneer and explorer Daniel Boone, who on several occasions camped at a site generally agreed to be within the present city limits. Daniel's nephews, Jesse and Jonathan (sons of brother Israel Boone), were members of the town's first church, Three Forks Baptist, still in existence today. Boone was served by the narrow gauge East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad (nicknamed "Tweetsie") until the flood of 1940. The flood washed away much of the tracks and it was decided not to replace them.
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
High Mountain Expeditions
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Mine
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Mast General Store
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Brewery
Appalachian Mountain Brewery
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Boone

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Zipline
Zipline Blowing Rock
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Ride / Activity
Tweetsie Railroad Blowing Rock
4.3
Duration: 8 hours
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Hiking Trail
Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail Damascus
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Scenic Drive
Blue Ridge Pkwy North Carolina Mountains
4.8
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Boone

Hiking Trail
The Greenway Trail
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
The Cascades Trail
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Boone

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Farmers Market
Watauga County Farmer's Market
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
ArtWalk
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Shopping Mall
Boone Mall
2.0
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Boone

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Specialty Museum
Hickory Ridge Living History Museum
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
Theme Park
Magic Mountain Mini Golf and Arcade
3.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Theme Park
Fun 'n' Wheels
2.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Wildlife in Boone

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Wildlife Area
Turtle Island Preserve
4.9
Duration: 4 hours

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