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Trail building on the Boone United Trail

We advocate for safe and healthy recreational opportunities for individuals and families in the High Country. Our goal is to improve the medical, economic and social health of our community. We both celebrate the  local  resources we already have while championing for greater access and opportunities.

Projects We Are Excited About

As reported by High Country Press yesterday, a contract has been signed for a Y Site Assessment to be conducted by Seer Analytics, to be completed mid-February.The Board of Directors for the YMCA Catawba Valley has generously underwritten the $2,500 cost. If the assessment positively indicates the High Country can support a Y membership model, then Bob Conklin, CEO of the YMCA Catawba Valley, will immediately begin citizen interviews with community leaders. Stay tuned for additional updates…
High Country Pathways, in partnership with the Valle Crucis Community Council, is working to develop a greenway trail that will connect the original Mast Store, Valle Landing, Valle Crucis Elementary, and the Mast Store Annex.
Boone United Methodist Church and Blue Ridge Conservancy are partnering together to build a community trail on church property along the flanks of Howard’s Knob. The effort is 100% driven by community volunteers. Construction is still underway and new volunteers are always welcome. more info
Boone finally has legal mountain biking! Watauga County, in partnership with the Watauga County Tourism Development Authority (WCTDA), received a $500,000 grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) to assist with the acquisition and development for the 185 acre Rocky Knob Park. The grand opening is scheduled for April 2013. more info
As a representation of the interest and support the High Country has for providing recreation opportunities to the local community, we are offering scholarships to three organizations. High Country Recreation has set aside $1000 to be given away to recreation groups who apply and qualify for this program with grant amounts of $250 and $500. All scholarship money will be given through recreation groups who will then distribute to individuals or families who may not be able to participate due to financial constraints. Past winners have been Girls on the Run of the High Country, Club Synergy volleyball, and the High Country Soccer Association. If you have any questions, please contact HCR at