In my opinion the best part of the high country is getting out and exploring the wonder the wilderness has to offer. I took this picture from Hawksbill, literally hanging off the side of a mountain. The trees are so alive this time of year. If you look closely you can see the Linville River which runs all the way down into Lake James, right outside of Morganton. Boone is the center of the high country; Within 30 minutes you can be in Ashe County, Banner Elk, Linville, Bethel…the list goes on and on. If you’re looking for the most beautiful area in the Appalachian Mountains, look no further than Boone, NC.