Local Area - Boone, North Carolina

Welcome to Boone, NC!

Appalachian State University is located in Boone, North Carolina nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located roughly two hours from Charlotte, Boone enjoys all the mountains have to offer. From hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway to kayaking down the New River, there is always something to do in Boone. Take the time to explore this page to learn about your home for the summer and make the most of your time in Boone.

On Campus Links

  • Student Recreation Center - on campus gym, with climbing wall, 50 meter swimming pool, and indoor walking/running track,  fitness classes, and more. 
  • Meals - Dining Halls 
  • Appalachian Summer Festival - Presented by Appalachian's Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming.
  • On Campus Movie Listings - Appalachian has 2 movie theatres on campus: IG Greer and Greenbriar (located in the Student Union)
    • Off Campus Movies: Regal Cinemas (via Appalcart orange route or east green route) 

Downtown Boone

  • Guide to Downtown Boone - With links to events, restaurants, shops, and government agencies 

  • Earth Fare - Organic food supermarket within walking distance of Appalachian State University 
  • The Jones House - Culture and community center in downtown Boone offering free summer concerts every Friday. 
  • First Fridays - formerly called "Art Crawl," every first Friday of the month, downtown Boone shops open their doors and present work from local artisits. Grab a friend and enjoy a beautiful evening strolling down King Street and seeing what local artists are creating. This event is free and open to all.
  • Watauga County Farmer's Market - While not directly downtown, this weekly farmer's market is within walking distance to campus. Held every Saturday morning from 8am-12pm, this farmer's market is a must-do during your time in Boone. Local farms provide fresh vegetables and meat, in addition to flowers, crafts and live music.

Getting Around Boone

  • Appalcart - AppalCART providing public transportation in the High Country since 1981. 12 fare free bus routes in Boone 

  • Appalachian “Safe Ride” - The service is offered during the fall and spring semesters and is available from 7:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m., seven days a week, excluding holidays. (First call for service will be taken at 7:00 p.m., and last call for service will be taken at 2:45 a.m.)  The service area is strictly limited to university properties only (parking lots, residence halls and academic buildings.) 828-262-RIDE 

Boone Demographics and Parks

  • Demographics of Boone - Census Information
  • Blue Ridge Parkway - The Blue Ridge Parkway is the second most visited unit of the National Park Services and welcomes more than one million visitors annually. The Parkway was "born" in the NC High Country at Cumberland Knob in 1935 and it was completed at Grandfather Mountain in 1987 with the opening of the iconic Linn Cove Viaduct. 
  • Grandfather Mountain -  Throughout Grandfather Mountain’s history, thousands of people have made a big difference in its preservation and conservation—protecting it as a wonderful place for animals like Mildred the Bear, as well as plants and people. Our ongoing efforts include everything from generating energy using solar panels to supporting bird-friendly coffee to recycling everything we possibly can. 
  • Greenway - This fully accessible trail is either paved or gravel surfaced and mostly flat. The Greenway welcomes walkers and runners, cyclists and wheelchairs, strollers and hikers. It follows and crosses the South Fork of the New River through open meadows and colorful forests. There's a historic ruin, plentiful resting benches, picnic tables and shelters, and interpretive signs about natural and human history. Two easy loops invite a quick stroll, one of them, with great bird-watching and flower viewing.  

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