Watauga County Map   

County Map
Image: University of North Carolina Press

Watauga County Quick Facts

Population (2014 census estimate): 52,560

Land Area (square miles): 312

County Website: wataugacounty.org

Places and Things in Watauga County:

Watauga County shares its northern boundary with the state of Tennessee and the Cherokee National Forest. This location provides for pleasant summer weather and snowy winters, so there are several large ski resorts in the area. With its largest city of Boone and its famous resort area of Blowing Rock, the county offers places where you can live on a ski slope or a golf course, in a beautiful downtown location or in a rustic mountain lodge at 5,000 feet. There's a country club with its own airport and in the area called Elk Valley there is even a community designed around some of the best fly-fishing in the country.

The resort area of Blowing Rock includes Grandfather Mountain and a tremendous variety of sites, viewpoints and activities that have been drawing visitors from all over the country for over 100 years. There are great views and marvelous landscape almost every time you turn around, but the section of the Blue Ridge Parkway that passes through the county near Grandfather Mountain are particularly spectacular.

Suitable for either seasonal or year-round living, Watauga county has an an abundance of condominium complexes, townhomes, cabins, chalets and log homes with the options to own small, medium, or large tracts of acreage either close town or in the rural areas.

In the historic area of Valle Crucis, where evidence has been found of human habitation going back 10,000 years, there is a unique combination of rustic inns, working horse farms and modern living communities.

Appalachian State University
Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute

Places in the County on the National Historic Register

Cities, Towns and Communities:

Boone (county seat) - zipcode: 28607

Beech Mountain
Blowing Rock
Valle Crucis 

More County Information:

Weather and Detailed County Map

Quick Census Facts

School District

Electric Service
Telephone Service
Cable Service
Water & Sewer provided by local muncipalities or private well and septic system


Parks and Recreation Department
10 Best Mountain Overlooks
The Blue Ridge Parkway in Watauga County
The Pisgah National Forest in Watauga County

Fairs and Events:

Valle Country Fair
Music Fest 'n Sugar Grove

Adjacent Counties:

North - Ashe
South - Caldwell
East - Wilkes
West - Avery