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Field trip opportunities in Watauga County

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
Discover the heritage, history, and artistic traditions of the region at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.
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Blue Ridge Parkway
Contains information about various cultural, natural, and recreational resources located along this beautiful and historical roadway.
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Elk Knob State Park
Learn about the flora and fauna of Elk Knob Mountain, an amphibolite mountain in the southern Appalachian range.
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Hickory Ridge Homestead
Visitors get insight into the lifestyle of early mountain settlers, how they lived, and what constituted a 'typical' mountain homestead at this eighteenth-century living history museum.
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Moses Cone Memorial Park and Flat Top Manor
This historic mansion houses one of five shops of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild. The crafts which include jewelry, pottery, glass figurines, and framed and unframed artwork are handmade by over 300 regional artists. Visitors can hear how the artists have come to make these wonderful crafts.
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Mystery Hill, Appalachian Heritage Museum and The Native American Artifacts Museum
Visitors will experience strange phenomena which some believe is attributed to a gravitational anomaly known as a vortex, learn about the ancient native people of the area, and see what it would have been like to live at the turn of the century at the Mystery Hill museums.
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Turtle Island Preserve Outdoor Education Center and Traditional Appalachian Farm
Students develop outdoor living skills as well as self-confidence through day or overnight field trips at this unique center.
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Learn more about Watauga County

The Blowing Rock in Blowing Rock, North Carolina
The Blowing Rock in Blowing Rock, North Carolina
This is the Blowing Rock in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. It is named after a Native American story in which two lovers from opposing tribes, the Catawba and the Cherokee, are walking near the rock. When a red sky signals that the brave must return to duty,...
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The campus of Appalachian State University from above
The campus of Appalachian State University from above
This is the campus of Appalachian State University as seen from above. ASU is located in Boone, North Carolina.
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Carriage trail in snow at Flat Top Manor
Carriage trail in snow at Flat Top Manor
This is a carriage trail in snow at Flat Top Manor near Boone, North Carolina. Flat Top Manor was the house of Linda and Moses Cone. Moses Cone was renowned for his achievements in the textile business. He was industrious and business-savvy but treated even...
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Flat Top Manor as viewed from Bass Lake
Flat Top Manor as viewed from Bass Lake
This is Flat Top Manor as viewed from Bass Lake in the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. This was the house of Linda and Moses Cone. Moses Cone was renowned for his achievements in the textile business. He was industrious and business-savvy but treated even his...
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Improving a Watauga County road
Improving a Watauga County road
Workers with shovels and wheelbarrows work to improve Sandy Flat-Shulls Mills Rd. in Watauga County, North Carolina. The project was part of a partnership between the Emergency Relief Administration and the state of North Carolina Highway Department to improve...
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Joe Brown
Joe Brown
Joe Brown, a teenager from Watauga County, North Carolina, is shown with his cow and calf in this black and white photo taken in March 1938. He was participating in a 4-H “Baby Beef Project.” Wearing a hat, he is standing outside in front of a...
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Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway
This is the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Watauga County. It can be seen in the background of this photo, curving around Grandfather Mountain. The roadway in the foreground is a bridge. Most of the nearly 470 miles of the Parkway were completed...
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Mayapple flowers at the Moses Cone Manor
Mayapple flowers at the Moses Cone Manor
These are mayapple flowers at the Moses Cone Manor in Watauga County, North Carolina. Mayapples cover many of the wooded thickets throughout the county. They have a low, shiny, umbrella-shaped spread of leaves and grow in lush carpets. Their flowers are located...
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