Here's a sampling of what the area around Above the River offers during your stay:
Outdoor Activities in Ashe County
Take a drive the Blue Ridge
Parkway - cabin is just 5 miles from mile marker 261 (where Hwy 16
hits the BRP). Go north into Virginia, go south the Blowing Rock, Boone and Grandfather
Mountain. A great layered, mountain view is available at Jumpingoff Rocks Trail
around mile marker 260.
Zaloo's Canoes - closest place
to rent canoes or kayaks. Head out from the store on the New River and get picked
up at an appointed time and place downstream.
New River Outfitters -
a little bit further than Zaloos, but will be dropped off upstream and canoe or
kayak back to the store through New River State Park.
FlyingFishingNC - a great
resource for the stocked trout streams in Ashe County .
Burnt Hill Stables
- horseback riding in Ashe County .
Parks in Ashe County and the Blue Ridge Mountains
Jefferson State Park - located just on the edge of downtown West Jefferson,
with outstanding views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and hiking trails.
New River State
Park - hiking, camping, picnicking, canoeing and kayaking.
Virginia Creeper Trail
- (Virginia) one of the best trails for bike riding, horseback riding, and walking.
State Park - (Virginia) great views, hiking, blueberry gathering in the
summer. Wild ponies!
Mount Rogers National Recreation
Area - (Virginia) a beautiful national park just over the state line
H. Cone Memorial Park & Julian Price Memorial Park - great parks along the
Blue Ridge Parkway (mile marker 292-295) with country estate, great views, hinking
an carraige trails. Near Blowing Rock.
Grandfather Mountain -
a true treasure for North Carolinians, including the mile-high bridge, a zoo, hiking
trails and more. Just of mile marker 305 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
New River Headwaters - ranks as one of the most diverse and critically important biological
hotspots in the entire Southern Appalachians.
Local Indoor Activities and Surrounding Blue Ridge Mountain Towns
West Jefferson: http://www.townofwj.com or
http://visitwestjefferson.org - the
signature town in Ashe County - nice quaint downtown with great shops and restaurants;
just 5 miles away.
The Village of Glendale Springs - home to fine dining, several shops, a bakery,
and the Church of the Frescoes; just 3 miles away.
Ashe County Cheese
- see cheese made in North Carolina 's only cheese factory in downtown West Jefferson.
Kids love this as well as its gift shop.
Ashe County Arts Council
sponsors plays, music, theater, art exhibits and downtown Gallery Crawls
Skate Zone - an indoor
roller skating rink in West Jefferson.
Blowing Rock (30 miles) and
Boone (25 miles) - are relatively close and offer more shopping and restaurant
choices that Ashe (but with it come more crowds and traffic).
High Country Events
Merle Fest - the last weekend
in April, this event is a must for music lovers.
Ola Belle Reed Festival
- folk and mountain music in Lansing, North Carolina.
Appalachian Summer Festival
a month long series of cultural events (dance, music, theatre and more) sponsored
by Appalachian State University.
Christmas in July Festival
- a festival in downtown West Jefferson sponsored by the Ashe County Christmas Tree
Blue Ridge Celtic Festival
- an annual event in Blowing Rock celebrating the area's Scottish and Irish heritage.
The Highland Games - an annual
event at Grandfather Mountain celebrating Scottish heritage.
Barter Theatre - a bit
of a drive to Abingdon, but worth it to enjoy a play with top actors at the famous
and historical theater.
Horn in the West - a
summer play in Boone about Daniel Boone and the history of the area.
Resonator Guitar Competition
- in Todd, an annual music event.
Porch Pickin' Music Jams
- Bluegrass and old time music jams in and around Ashe County.
Ashe County Civic Center
home to many of the musical and theatrical events that come to Ashe County, from
the Kiev Symphony to old-time music .
West Jefferson Area Restaurants
Chambers Restaurant Directory or Visit West Jefferson's Restaurant Directory
Bohemia, Frasers, Shokudo, Brickstone and Osaka are our favorites. Good Old Days
for ice cream in West Jefferson. Many more for us to try.
Ashe County Businesses
Skyland Books - an independent
bookstore in the center of West Jefferson
Way Back When Barn Quilts
buy a quilt for your barn or garden or outbuilding.
Big Horse Creek Farm
looking to buy apples or an apple tree? Growers Ron & Suzanne Joyner will
be glad to help you
Laurel Hill Paints looking
to buy a horse start here!
Ashe County Christmas Tree Farms
Christmas Trees - a great place to get your Christmas tree - great trees,
hay rides, fun for all.
West End Wreaths -
buy your Christmas tree, wreath or pine roping from these prize winning growers.
Blue Ridge Mountain Real Estate
Michelle Handler & Jack Apple - If you fall in love with Ashe County,
call Michelle or Jack to find and buy your dream home in the mountains. They
found us ours...
- If you prefer the Boone area to Ashe County, Jean can help you find a place in
that neck of the woods
High Country Resources
Ashe County Chamber - worth
visiting for a variety of ideas for things to do in West Jefferson, NC or Ashe County
National Committee for the New River
- an excellent source for information about the river, its history, and its future.
Mountain Times - our
free area newspaper with lots of good information about the area and upcoming events.
Elevation Web Designs
- North Carolina Web Design. Custom Web Designs, Domain Registration, Hosting and
Maintenance, Graphic Design and Photography Services. If you like this site, let
them do yours - they did our first version.
Vacation Rentals and Other Lodging Accomodations
Personally Recommended Places Worthy of your Vacation - Has links to this cabin
as well as other great properties including Michelle Handler's place in the Outer Banks.
La Veranda B&B & Vacation Rental,
St. Petersburg, FL - nice Bed & Breakfast in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Blue Ridge Vacations
- an excellent resource for your vacation planning in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Mountain Travel Guide
- another excellent resource for the Blue Ridge Mountains and just about any other
mountains in the US.
A1 Vacation Properties
- a guide to vacation rentals world-wide.
Vacapedia - a guide to vacation
VacationsFRBO - a guide
to vacation rentals world-wide.
Teamwedding.com - Home
of the North Carolina Top Wedding Sites.
West Jefferson Vacation Rentals - on VacationRealty.com.
Serenity where you want it when you want it.