Named for folk legend Daniel Boone, Boone is a lovely, small city in the Appalachian Mountains between Winston-Salem and Johnson City, Tennessee. The town was once home to Daniel Boone and a bevy of other settlers well before it was ever incorporated in 1872. This wild frontier land has an untamable spirit and a unique culture that dates back centuries. A rich cultural tradition of bluegrass music and Appalachian storytelling is still found in this incredible area to this very day, making it an invaluable contribution to the largely unknown mountain culture of the Appalachian region.
Whether you are spending most of your Boone RV rental trip in town enjoying the historic buildings, quaint cafes, and boutique shops, or setting off for wilderness adventures in the mountains and forests beyond the city limits, you will absolutely fall in love with this small city. When you book an RV in Boone, you are completely free to move about as you like, tailoring your trip to you and everything you want to achieve on your dream vacation.
The Great Outdoors
Boone is in the middle of a truly exciting outdoor paradise in the Appalachian Mountains, where adventure awaits around every corner. You can’t drive too far without seeing several state parks or campgrounds along the way, so it is no wonder why it has become a massively popular vacation spot, especially in the summertime when nearly every tree, flower, and plant are in full bloom. Grandfather Mountain State Park is a few minutes’ drive outside of town, and a fabulous place to visit when you rent an RV in Boone. The mountain was formerly owned and operated as a private attraction before being bought by the state to create a public park. There are lots of hiking and camping spots throughout the park, as well as the country’s highest swinging bridge which connects two separate peaks of Grandfather Mountain with one another.
Lake James State Park is a large public recreation area located around Lake James itself. The 6,000-acre lake is home to a variety of activities, like fishing, canoeing, kayaking, motorboating, or swimming along the sandy shores. There are over 25 miles of nature trails encircling the lake, which can be used for mountain biking and hiking. Additionally, there are three separate campgrounds you can use when you bring your Boone motorhome rental to Lake James.
South Mountains State Park is not much farther away from town than Lake James State Park, and worth a visit too. Here you can find stunning mountain peaks, deep canyons carved into the terrain by the Catawba River, and the enchanting waterfalls like High Shoals Falls which cascades over a cliffside dropping more than 80 feet.
Cherokee National Forest and Pisgah National Forest encompass millions of acres of land in the Appalachian Mountains, with massive patches of heavily forested wilderness area unspoiled by human development. The forests are some of the rainiest parts of the contiguous United States, including several hundred thousand acres of temperate rainforest, making for some of the most biodiverse and exquisite natural landscapes in the world. You can summit large, ancient mountains, trek through the woods, find hidden waterfalls, and camp out in your Boone travel trailer rental when you bring yourself to either of these incredible forests.
Boone is part of a delightful collection of breathtaking landscapes, so campgrounds are easy to come by in this particular neck of the woods. Boone KOA is a high-mountain campground that takes pride in its elevation and offers amenities that include a mini-golf course and a refreshing swimming pool.
Buffalo Camp RV Park is another place to park your Boone camper rental when you need a place to stay. This rustic campground could be ideal for those hoping to reconnect with nature. Gorgeous walking paths through the woods are part of the park’s appeal, as are its spacious campsites.
Grandfather Campground is open year-round, whether you are in town for summertime hiking or wintertime skiing and snowboarding. There are camping cabins, playgrounds, a trout pond for fishing, and a fully stocked camp store.
There is plenty to keep you occupied in between nature treks when you visit the lovely city of Boone, from the farmers' markets to the flea markets, to the art galleries and live music venues showcasing some of the region’s artistic traditions and musical heritage. Turtle Island Preserve and Hickory Ridge Living History Museum are equally excellent places to learn about the early settler life, with a treasure trove of information and old artifacts from a simpler time. Turtle Island Preserve is a primitive yet functional structure that you can tour. The Hickory Ridge Living History Museum is even more informative, with structures and cabins built in the 18th century by courageous pioneers trying to make a new life in the unforgiving frontier lands.
Daniel Boone Native Gardens is small and only open during the spring and summer, but it has a substantial collection of stunning plants native to the region. You can meditate or stroll through these elegant gardens in search of peace of mind when you feel you need to get out and smell the flowers.
The gem mine in town is fun for the whole family, with tons of minerals, crystals, and geodes to sift through, observe, and even purchase. At least one gem or mineral is guaranteed for every person visiting the mine and shop, so you can rest assured you will be going home with a neat souvenir.