Real Estate, Living, Vacationing and Making the Most of The North Carolina Mountains

You’ll find my blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from the local real estate market, community happenings, home care tips, activities, and ideas on how to make the most of the North Carolina High Country. That’s because I care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. I'd love to talk with you!

Aug. 10, 2023

10 Best Hiking Trails Near Boone, NC

Boone, North Carolina is a beautiful area known for its scenic landscapes, outdoor activities, and Appalachian State University. Many visitors to Boone take the time to visit the plethora of local hiking trails.

Here's a list of 10 of the most popular hiking trails near and around Boone:

  1. Grandfather Mountain: Offers a variety of trails with stunning views, including the challenging Profile Trail and the more accessible Grandfather Trail. Grandfather Mountain Trail Guide.
  2. Linville Falls: Features several trails leading to different viewpoints of the picturesque Linville Falls and Linville Gorge. Linville Falls Trail Guide with Map.
  3. Price Lake Loop: A relatively easy loop around Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway, offering serene lake views. This is a great option if you're staying near Blowing Rock. Price Lake Loop Info and Photos.
  4. Elk Knob State Park: Offers a challenging hike to the summit of Elk Knob, providing panoramic views of the High Country. After your hike make sure to visit historic Todd, NC, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the New River. Elk Knob Park Information
  5. Julian Price Memorial Park: Features various trails around Price Lake and through lush forests, with options for different levels of hikers. With over 4,200 acres nestled at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, this park offers a multitude of activities. Learn more about what to do at Julian Price Memorial Park in their Visitor Guide.
  6. The Cascades Trail: A popular trail between Boone and West Jefferson along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The trail leads to a beautiful waterfall and offers a refreshing experience. Learn more in the Cascades Trail Guide 
  7. Moses H. Cone Memorial Park: Known for its Flat Top Manor and the extensive network of carriage trails and wind through the park's scenic meadows. This park is conveniently located along the Blue Ridge Parkway with easy access during the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Explore the carriage trails, barns, and horseback riding in their Visitor Guide.
  8. Beacon Heights Trail: A short, family-friendly hike leading to an overlook with great views of the surrounding mountains. This trail is very popular with fans of birding, running, or groups with kids. Learn more about the short out and back trail in the Trail Guide.
  9. Mount Jefferson State Natural Area: Offers various trails showcasing unique rock formations and spectacular vistas from the top of Mount Jefferson. Learn more about Mount Jefferson State Natural Area in the Park Guide.
  10. Rough Ridge Trail: A short but rewarding hike that leads to a boardwalk and overlook with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. Learn more about this 4.7-mile trail on

Please keep in mind that trail conditions, accessibility, and popularity can change over time. Make sure to check with local visitor centers or reliable online sources, like, for the most up-to-date information.

Having a plethora of hiking trails within a short driving distance is one of the many perks of living in the North Carolina High Country. If you're ready to start your search for a mountain home or piece of land, check out all the newest listings for sale in Boone, North Carolina at


March 25, 2020

How to Disinfect Your Home in The Time of Coronavirus

While the COVID-19 (coronavirus) has many of us boarded up inside, we will need to go out for essential items, visit grocery stores, pick up food from restaurants and medications from the pharmacy. Now more than ever, we need to be cautious of the surfaces we touch in public.

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Posted in Mountain Home Care
March 10, 2020

7 Secrets to Buying A Home

7 Secrets to Buying A Home

Buying a home is a big decision. No matter if it's your first home, retirement home, or a vacation home. Making sure you buy a home the right way and for the right price is key for your peace of mind. Here are 7 secrets most homebuyers don't consider when purchasing a home here in the North Carolina mountains.

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Posted in Buying Tips
Jan. 2, 2020

How to Sell Your North Carolina Mountain Home

If you're like many homeowners here in the North Carolina mountains, your mountain home is a place you have made many memories in over the years. When it comes to the thought of selling your home, it is an emotional decision with considerable financial considerations.

Selling your home is a big deal, so it's okay to be cautious and patient about it. Just remember, if selling your mountain home is the right thing for you and your family, you need to make sure the person helping you understands how important that is.

If you're ready to make the move, you want to ensure you do it wisely. I've created this blog to help you consider important factors involved with selling your home.

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Posted in Selling Tips
Nov. 30, 2019

Curious About Local Real Estate?

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Curious about local real estate? So are we! Every month we review trends in our real estate market and consider the number of homes on the market in each price tier, the amount of time particular homes have been listed for sale, specific neighborhood trends, the median price and square footage of each home sold and so much more. We’d love to invite you to do the same!

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Posted in Market Updates
Sept. 20, 2019

6 Dangers of Overpricing Your Home

When it comes to setting a price for your home when it goes on the market, you need to make sure you price it correctly from the beginning. You don't want to waste time on the market or the eventual selling price by overpricing it from the get-go. Consider these six dangers that come when you overprice your home when it goes on the market.

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Posted in Selling Tips