Here on the Balcony of the Blue Ridge you can gaze out across mountain ridges stretching almost 100 miles to the horizon, play among the clouds, and renew your soul.
Avery County, North Carolina is home to famous mountain peaks like Grandfather, Beech and Sugar. It has the highest county seat in Eastern America (Newland, elv. 3,621 ft.), the highest incorporated town in Eastern America (Beech Mountain, elv. 5,506 ft.), and is known as the "Christmas tree capital of the world."
A visit to the Balcony of the Blue Ridge offers an endless variety of things to see and do, places to stay, eat and shop, unparalleled mountain scenery, and friendly natives to help you enjoy it all.
Avery County is located in the northwest mountains of North Carolina in a region known as the "High Country." Our county encompasses several small communities of less than 1,000 year-round residents, and is one of the most desirable tourist destinations and second-home colonies in the southeastern United States.
We welcome you to the high places at the crest of the Carolinas, and we invite you to plan your next family outing for The Balcony of the Blue Ridge.