What to do during Summer in Ashe County, NC

Planning a trip to Ashe County, NC this summer, and have no idea what to do while you’re there? Keep reading for a guide to all the things locals recommend doing during summer in Ashe County, NC!

Image via Old Orchard Creek

Float The New River

With part of the New River nestled in Ashe County, NC, we have the perfect place to kayak, canoe, or tube. Not sure how to float the river or don’t own a kayak? Don’t worry, Zaloo’s Canoes or New River Outfitters offer amazing opportunities to rent kayaks, canoes, or tubes and start your trip down the river! The New River has a gentle flow and is perfect for all ages to float and form unforgettable memories. Fun fact about the New River–it is one of the few major rivers in the United States that flows north!

Stroll Downtown West Jefferson

Downtown West Jefferson, NC has many shops and restaurants to explore during your time in Ashe County. You could even stop by Ashe County Cheese and see cheese made, or visit the Parkway Theater and catch a movie. While strolling the streets downtown, be on the lookout for the gorgeous murals painted by different locals.

Pick Fresh Blueberries

Love blueberries? Be sure to check out the Old Orchard Creek Farm to pick fresh blueberries during the months of July and August. With beautiful cottages, trees, and views, you are sure to have a great time! What is better than delicious blueberries and beautiful scenery anyway? If you love the farm, check out the Old Orchard Creek General Store located in downtown Lansing for products made with the fresh blueberries, delicious coffee and treats, and merchandise!

Museum of Ashe County History

If you are a history buff, Ashe County has a rich history! Visit the Museum of Ashe County History, at The old courthouse, in Jefferson, NC, and learn more about it! There is lots of interesting information about Ashe County to be learned there as well as replicas and models to view.

Visit Historic Lansing, NC

Lansing, NC, just minutes from West Jefferson is a beautiful spot in Ashe County, NC. Stop by Lansing Creeper Trail Park and walk the trail, fish, have a picnic, and enjoy the beauty. The park is along the path where the train once made its way through downtown Lansing and is full of history as well. Lansing also has several shops and restaurants to check out such as Old Orchard Creek General Store, Amy Anne’s, Molly Chomper, Pie on the Mountain, and The LogHouse. Lansing is sure to be a place you will love!

The Arts in Ashe

Whether you like to view art or make art, give the Ashe Arts Center as well as the Florence Thomas Art School a try. Both of these are located in West Jefferson and both showcase pieces made by local artists. The Florence Thomas Arts School offers classes as well. The Arts Center was opened in 1938 and has since been restored to showcase local artists.

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