Valle Crucis North Carolina
When visiting the North Carolina Mountains, very few places have as much to offer as the towns that are in close proximity to Beech Mountain. Valle Crucis is one of the most unique towns in the High Country. People of all ages come here to visit and they can find plenty of activities to keep them busy. Valle Crucis has several festivals during the year but the most famous one is the Valle Country Fair held on the 3rd Saturday of October on the grounds of the Valle Crucis Conference Center at the intersection of NC Highway 194 and Dutch Creek Road.
Valle Crucis has much to offer to the outdoor enthusiasts! There are hiking trails, biking trails, fly fishing, shopping, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and plenty of places to eat and relax outdoors!
Valle Crucis is located at the banks of Dutch Creek and Watauga River, at an elevation of 3,333 feet (1,016 m) above sea level. It was named by an Episcopal priest Levi Ives in 1840 in his initial visit in the area to set up a mission school. He saw that three creeks crossed to form a cross, hence he named the area Valle Crucis, Latin for “Vale of the Cross”. In the late 1800’s a family opened the Mast’s Inn and a general store which became the center piece for the community and which is now known as the Mast General Store.
The Valle Crucis Community Park is another huge attraction in the area. It is a large park with amenities including picnic shelters, children playgrounds, a 1-mile (1.6 km) paved path and access to the Watauga River for wading and fly-fishing.
In summary, there is plenty to fill your day while visiting Valle Crucis. You can start with a bike ride on Watauga River Road or, for a quieter pursuit, bird watching at the Valle Crucis Community Park, do some shopping at the Mast General Store (in operation since 1883), lunch at Creekside Deli in Valle Landing, or hike to the Lower Crab Orchard waterfall at the Valle Crucis Conference Center (the old Episcopal Mission).
If you are an art enthusiast, then you must visit the Alta Vista Gallery featuring over 100 local artists!