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Valle-Crucis is located in Watauga County within the Pisgah National Forest in the western North Carolina mountains. It was first established as an Episcopal mission in 1842, and retains a mostly rural character. In recent years, it has become a popular site for summer homes, unique shops and restaurants, renowned inns and restaurants. The climate is suited for both summer and winter activities, and four major ski resorts are within twenty minutes of Valle Crucis. A total of 17 resorts are in the vicinity, making it a mecca for skiers and snowboarders. Golf is the other prime activity in Valle Crucis, and nearby resorts such as Hounds Ears, Seven Devils and Beech Mountain offer a multitude of recreational options. Other nearby attractions include the Tweetsie Railroad, Grandfather Mountain and Blowing Rock. Despite the busy pace of the tourist spots, Valle Crucis offers plenty of quiet countryside. If you head towards Tennessee you will see some of the most scenic farmland in Western North Carolina. U.S. Highway 321 winds around hillsides studded with craggy rock formations and picturesque, meandering creeks. For more sightseeing, visit the neighboring communities, including the little town of Foscoe, which has become known for its selection of crafts and antique shops, and its glorious view of Grandfather Mountain.

Surrounding areas: Sugar Grove, North Carolina (3.4 mi), Seven Devils, North Carolina (4.8 mi), Boone, North Carolina (5.8 mi), Banner Elk, North Carolina (6.1 mi), Sugar Mountain, North Carolina (8.0 mi), Blowing Rock, North Carolina (9.3 mi), Newland, North Carolina (11.8 mi)

Valle Crucis Vacation Rentals

Valle Crucis Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Suites1184 Hwy 105Boone, NC5.8 mi.(828) 268-0099
Hampton Inn Boone1075 Hwy 105Boone, NC5.8 mi.(828) 264-0077
High Country Inn1785 Hwy 105Boone, NC5.8 mi.(828) 264-1000
Super 8 Motel2419 Hwy 105 SBoone, NC5.8 mi.(828) 264-4133
The Homecoming Lodge5335 NC Hwy 194 NBoone, NC5.8 mi.(828) 264-8413
Best Western Blue Ridge Plaza840 E King StBoone, NC5.9 mi.(828) 266-1100
Country Inn And Suites Boone818 E King StBoone, NC5.9 mi.(828) 264-4100
Sugar Mountain Ski And Country ClubBanner Elk, NC6.1 mi.(828) 898-9784
Quality Inn Appalachian Conference CTR949 Blowing Rock RdBoone, NC6.1 mi.(828) 262-0020
Holiday Inn Of Boone710 Blowing Rock RdBoone, NC6.8 mi.(828) 264-2451
Holiday Inn Express1943 Blowing Rock RdBoone, NC7.1 mi.(828) 264-2451
Alpen Acres156 Old US Hwy 321 SBlowing Rock, NC7.6 mi.(828) 295-7981
Chetola Resort & Conference CenterBlowing Rock, NC7.6 mi.(800) 243-8652
Chetola Resort & ConferenceBlowing Rock, NC7.6 mi.(828) 295-5500
Days Inn Blowing RockHwy 321 BypBlowing Rock, NC7.6 mi.(828) 295-4422
Ridgeway Motor InnHwy 221Blowing Rock, NC7.6 mi.(828) 295-7321
Eseeola Lodge175 Linville AveLinville, NC11.1 mi.(828) 733-4311
Pixie InnUS 221Linville, NC11.1 mi.(704) 733-2597
Pixie InnLinville, NC11.1 mi.(704) 733-2597
Jefferson LandingJefferson, NC22.4 mi.(336) 982-4449
Best Western Eldreth Inn829 E Main StJefferson, NC23.2 mi.(336) 246-8845
Comfort Inn970 Blowing Rock BlvdLenoir, NC24.1 mi.(828) 754-2090
R & R HideawayHwy 18 Wilksboro BlvdLenoir, NC24.4 mi.(828) 754-5600
Days Inn206 Blowing Rock BlvdLenoir, NC24.8 mi.(828) 754-0731
Ramada LTD142 Wilkesboro Blvd SeLenoir, NC24.9 mi.(828) 758-4403
The Jameson Inn350 Wilkesboro BlvdLenoir, NC24.9 mi.(828) 758-1200
Cliff Dwellers Inn116 Lakeview TerBlowing Rock, NC25.2 mi.(828) 295-3121
Comfort Inn-elizabethton1515 19e BypElizabethton, TN25.9 mi.(423) 542-4466
Big Lynn LodgeLittle Switzrlnd, NC30.0 mi.(704) 765-4257

Valle Crucis Weather & Climate

The High Country in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina has four mild seasons that help support the busy tourist trade. The mountain valley temperatures average 6 to 8 degrees cooler than the nearby Piedmont region in the summer months, and near the mountain peaks, it can be 10-20 degrees cooler. Moist southerly winds are forced upward in passing over the mountain barrier, causing showers and thunderstorms in spring and summer. Due to mild summer temperatures, the mountains have always been a welcome escape from the heat at the lower elevations. Summer nights are crisp and cool, but not too cold for camping or other outdoor activities. Although it does snow in the region, large amounts of snowfall and severe low temperatures are rare except at the highest peaks. Therefore most ski resorts use snowmaking equipment to ensure a reliable supply.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 38°F 21°F 5.56 in. -
February 42°F 23°F 4.72 in. -
March 50°F 30°F 6.67 in. -
April 58°F 38°F 5.87 in. -
May 66°F 47°F 6.48 in. -
June 72°F 54°F 6.48 in. -
July 76°F 58°F 5.87 in. -
August 75°F 57°F 5.75 in. -
September 69°F 51°F 5.52 in. -
October 60°F 40°F 4.78 in. -
November 51°F 32°F 5.82 in. -
December 42°F 24°F 4.43 in. -

Valle Crucis Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Wilkes County airport (UKF) located about 37 miles east of Valle Crucis in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the Hickory Regional airport (HKY) located approximately 38 miles southeast of Valle Crucis in Hickory, North Carolina, the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located roughly 39 miles northwest of Valle Crucis in Bristol Johnson Kingsport, Tennessee, the Greeneville Greene County Municipal airport (GCY) located around 57 miles west of Valle Crucis in Greeneville, Tennessee, the Shelby Municipal airport (EHO) located about 66 miles south of Valle Crucis in Shelby, North Carolina, and finally the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located approximately 68 miles southwest of Valle Crucis in Asheville, North Carolina.

Valle Crucis Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Paramount's CarowindsCharlotteNC85.8 mi.
JeepersConcordNC87.0 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC88.0 mi.
Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC92.4 mi.
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC111.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC5.0 mi.
Boone Golf ClubBooneNC6.1 mi.
Willow Creek Golf CourseBooneNC6.1 mi.
Village of Sugar Mountain Golf CourseBanner ElkNC6.2 mi.
Tillery Tradition Country ClubMount GileadNC7.6 mi.
Mountain Glen Golf CourseNewlandNC11.8 mi.
Mountain Aire Golf ClubWest JeffersonNC18.0 mi.
Roan Valley Golf EstatesMountain CityTN18.1 mi.
Bear Trace at Tims Ford State ParkWinchesterTN23.9 mi.
Country Acres Golf ClubLenoirNC24.9 mi.
Lenoir Golf CourseLenoirNC24.9 mi.
Elizabethton Municipal Golf CourseElizabethtonTN25.7 mi.
Grassy Creek Golf & Country ClubSpruce PineNC26.0 mi.
Deer Field Golf CourseDamascusVA29.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC4.8 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC6.1 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC6.1 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC50.5 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC88.0 mi.
WinterplaceFlat TopWV102.3 mi.
Canaan ValleyDavisWV113.0 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC119.6 mi.
State Parks
Mount Jefferson State ParkNC22.1 mi. 
Rendezvous Mountain State ParkNC27.3 mi. 
Grayson Highlands State ParkVA32.6 mi. 
Carroll Reece MuseumJohnson CityTN32.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hands On! Regional MuseumJohnson CityTN32.8 mi.(Children's)
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC41.0 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC60.4 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC99.9 mi.
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC115.2 mi.

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