Valle Crucis Community Park: A 22 acre park just behind the landmark, nearly 130-year-old Mast General Store, is a family-friendly hotspot. There’s great birding in the park that includes a small wetland pond and gurgling stretch of the Watauga River. Take the easy, paved 1-mile loop along the stream on Wednesday morning and join the weekly bird hike with local authority Curtis Smalling. Also, each Friday night from May to September the park offers Music in the Valle-a free, family friendly music concert series featuring local acts. Can’t get much better than that. The Valle Crucis Park also offers great access points to explore the scenic Watauga River with opportunities to land trout that are stocked into the river each fall and spring. The Watauga River is also the perfect spot to take the family out for some high country tubing or swimming.
Directions from Boone: Take Hwy NC 105 S for 4.8 miles to right on Broadstone Rd. Head 2.8 miles to right on to a dirt road. Park adjacent to the Mast General Store.