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Things To Do

What makes a perfect getaway? Vacation? Romantic honeymoon in Mountain City near Boone, NC? Something memorable, enjoyable or relaxing, romantic or daring?

While the inn is in a mostly rural area with miles of forest, mountains, streams and lakes, we are near towns, entertainment, fine dining, and nightlife. You choose excitement or pure relaxation.

From hiking and biking to horseback riding, shopping, scenic drives to boating, water and snow skiing to back roads and by-ways rich with centuries of history, a different adventure awaits not matter what direction you go from the inn.

Hiking/BikingBack to Top

Grandfather Mountain

800-468-7325
At over a mile high, you can see nearly to Charlotte. The mile-high suspension bridge tests your nerves. Hike the trails, some peaks reached by ladders and cables. The small zoo of rescued native animals provides entertainment. Plan to hike some of the trails in this private Biosphere preserve, the only one in North America. A naturalist is on duty to teach about the native plants found only in these mountains. The mountain hosts the Highland Games in July and nature lovers all year round (except then the wind is too strong — clocked a few times at over 200 mph!)
  • Swing on the Swinging Bridge: A 228-foot suspension bridge has spanned an 80-foot chasm at Grandfather Mountain since 1952 at a 5,280-foot elevation; it’s good for kids of all ages. 800-468-7325

Appalachian Trail

304-535-6331
This renown 2181 mile long trail passes through both Johnson County, TN (where the inn is located) and Damascus, VA, 17 miles north of the inn. Try tackling only any portion of the famous National Scenic Trail in our area: from Hampton to the southwest to north of Damascus, Va, to the north. 

Roan Mountain

A bald of 1,000 acres atop Roan Mountain covers the peaks called Round Bald, Jane Bald and Grassy Ridge Bald at the Tennessee-North Carolina border, near Ga. 143.

Gentry Creek Trail and Falls

Not for dabblers. Slippery rocks, multiple water crossings, wilderness near the Tennessee-North Carolina – Virginia borders.

Hikes

Trails range from gentle walks to navigating rugged terrain just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina’s High Country and nearby Virginia.

Emerald Outback Trails

Beech Mountain, N.C., features 10 miles of trails – up to 5,400 feet in elevation.

Roan the Roan’s Rhododendron

Roan Mountain’s highest point reaches an elevation of 6,285 feet, and the mountain also boasts a natural rhododendron garden, claimed to be the largest of its kind in the world.

Beech Mountain

Brave Beech Mountain on a Bicycle: Trace the route of champion bicyclist Lance Armstrong on Beech Mountain Parkway in the North Carolina High Country and reach a mile-high elevation in Eastern America’s Highest Town (elevation 5,506 feet).

Virginia Creeper Trail

32 miles of scenic riding – on your bike or a rented one. Don’t forget the gel seat! Many outfitters to choose from, all right in Damascus, VA, and right on the trail (just 17 miles from the inn). Trestle bridges span creeks along the Virginia Creeper (bike and hike) Trail in nearby Damascus, VA

Blowing Rock

Trails from Blowing Rock start from the parking area/park behind and to the left of the public park in the center of town. Shaded. Not recommended on the heels of wet weather.

Great Channels of Virginia 

Near Abingdon, VA, 40 minutes from the inn: Channels State Forest includes primitive trail, overlook and access to sandstone boulders that resemble a roofless cave.

Elk Knob/Howard’s Knob

Elk Knob State Park is located off of Meatcamp Road just outside of Boone.  Elk Knob is a 5,550 ft. tall mountain that towers over a nearby Snake Mountain and Howard's Knob. 

Linville Gorge

The Linville River cuts a 2,000-foot deep gorge running 12 miles. Linville Falls drop 100 feet with an easy to moderate walk from the visitors area parking. Use the link to find less-explored cliffs, outcroppings, hidden caves and incredible vistas.

Whitetop Mountain

Drive on Whitetop Mountain: Outside of Damascus, VA. The elevation of what was once called “Meadow Mountain” at 5,520 feet is traversed by Virginia’s highest navigable road, a site that was once home to music festivals in the 1930s, including a 1933 event visited by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt plus 20,000 spectators, near Whitetop, Va., just off U.S. 58.

Adventure Damascus

276-475-6262
Adventure Damascus Bicycles has been your guide for providing creeper trail bike rentals and shuttle service on the famous Va Creeper Trail since 1998.

Blue Blaze Bicycle & Shuttle Service

800-475-5090
Blue Blaze offers bike rental and shuttle service for the Virginia Creeper Trail. Our bike rental fleet is comprised all types of bikes ranging from TREK Mountain Bikes to leisure path cruisers and comfort bikes, as well as tandems.

Creeper Trail Bike Rental - Shuttle

276-388-3056
Creeper Trail  Bike Rental - Shuttle Service's Whitetop Shop is located in the tiny mountain community of Whitetop VA, 18 miles east of Damascus Virginia, and only 5 minutes from the beginning of the VA Creeper Trail at Whitetop Train Station. 

Bicycle Junction - Bike Rental & Shuttle Service

276-475-5727
We offer bike rentals and shuttle service for the entire trail!  If you're looking for a day of affordable fun, you should come see us and take a beautiful ride down the Virginia Creeper Trail.

Shuttle Shack

276-475-3773
Let Shuttle Shack be your host to a memorable trip down the Virginia Creeper Trail. We will provide you with everything you need for a comfortable ride, including a bike and shuttle service to and from the Trail.

SunDog Outfitter

866-515-3441
Over 5000 square feet of backpacking, camping and outdoor gear with the likes of Big Agnes ultralight sleeping bags, pads, and tents;

The Bike Station

866-475-3629 
The Bike Station is located in beautiful, southwest Virginia, in the town of Damascus. We are the premier bike rental and bike shuttle service for the Virginia Creeper Trail.

ATV/Motorcycle/Horseback RidingBack to Top

Doe Mountain

The inn is the closest lodging to the new Doe Mountain Park with lots of parking for trailers, free hearty breakfast, and wonderful rooms. Park now open to bikes and off-road vehicles.

Striped Snake Ride

The inn is just six houses from Hwy. 421 and the start of “The Snake” in Mountain City, TN. Don’t miss the hairpin turns and steep drop offs into the forest which surrounds this road. Curves, changes in elevation. Stop in Shady Valley and the general store at the crossroads. There are several other exciting roads in the region, including Hwy. 221 near Blowing Rock, NC. So spend a couple of days checking them out. Free paved parking available next to the building (as shown).

Southern Dozen Best Rides

Prospect Hill Bed and Breakfast Inn is located in the only small town with two of the 12 best motorcycle routes running by the front door and all of them within 45 minutes. Take your pick or try them all! LINK Northeast Tennessee rocks the roads and views.

Dutch Creek Trails Horseback Riding

828-297-7117
Dutch Creek Trails near Boone, Vilas and Valle Crucis, NC, 20 minutes from the inn. Featuring wooded trails, old farm fields, views of the valley surrounded by beautiful blue mountains, and southern hospitality. Whether you are an experienced cowboy or a little green, their skilled staff and gentle horses make for a pleasant visit.

On the WaterBack to Top

High Mountain Expeditions

800-262-9036
New River, Watauga, Nolichucky and other rivers. All rafting. Six convenient outposts.
  • Swing on the Swinging Bridge: A 228-foot suspension bridge has spanned an 80-foot chasm at Grandfather Mountain since 1952 at a 5,280-foot elevation; it’s good for kids of all ages. 800-468-7325

River and Earth Adventures

828-963-5491
Raft, canoe, hike, cave, gem mine, tube, kayak

My USA Raft

866-872-7238
Nolichucky (Erwin, TN) and French Broad Rivers.

Wahoos Adventures

800-444-RAFT
Whitewater, caves, kayaking, tubing, Northwest NC and NE Tennessee.

Watauga Lake

Tallest earthen dam east of the Mississippi holds back Watauga Lake. It's the uppermost lake of the Tennessee Valley system, this lake resembles a Scandinavian fjord with its tall mountains and deep, deep valleys under water. Johnny Molloy includes full details on paddling the lake in his book on touring Tennessee’s great spots on the water. (See chapter 36/page 213 online ). Paddling Tennessee: A Guide to 38 of the State’s Greatest Paddling Adventures. There are several boat ramps including one in the Cherokee National forest between Butler and Hampton, TN, on Hwy. 67-321. Bring your own boat, canoe or sailboat.

Rentals available at Lakeshore Marina (ski and pontoon boats) and Fish Springs Marinas (pontoon boats). Prospect Hill has parking for your boat and trailer.

Watauga River

Imagine 4,000-5,000 fish per miles…The Watauga River near Elizabethton, TN, is a TVA tailrace full of browns, rainbow and brook trout. Caddis hatches in spring followed by sulfurs then great blue winged olive fall through spring.

Holston Lake

Outdoorsman Johnny Molloy also offers an insider’s view to exploring this lake (less than 1 hour from the inn). Online Book: this section is partially deleted. You may need the actual book from Google! One place to see the lake is on Hwy. 421 AFTER you have survived both sections of the Striped Snake (Hwy. 421) between Mountain City and Bristol, TN.

Holston River

Creek and Tailwater Fishing on the South Fork of the Holston River: Weir Dam, just off U.S. 421, Bristol, Tenn.

Laurel Creek

Creek and Tailwater Fishing beside Hwy. 91, both in Tennessee and Virginia (a license for each required). Native fish in Tennessee; stocked by Virginia. Roaring rapids and great scenery. Now reachable from the new Laurel Creek Trail (parking adjacent to amp Ahistadi on Hwy. 91 – signs). 

High Country Angler

For the best guide around:  Let High Country Angler show you the fish!  Their website is the best resource we’ve found for fishing in the area. Check it out.

South Holston River Fly Shop

423-878-2822
For gear, South Holston River Fly Shop – adjacent to the Weir and Watauga dams, Bristol, TN. Near 18 miles of trout river in Tennessee. 

Virginia Creeper Fly Shop

276-628-3826
Hwy. 58, Abingdon, VA. Fabulous gear and guide services.

Grayson Highlands State Park

276-579-7092
Offers canoe tours of the New River near Mouth of Wilson, Va., with outings that are affordable and family-friendly. 

Hungry Mother State Park

276-781-7400
Offers canoe tours of the New River near Mouth of Wilson, Va., with outings that are affordable and family-friendly.

Caves and WaterfallsBack to Top

Appalachian Caverns

423-323-3227
Blountville, Tenn. Wild tours. The cave is home to six species of bats.

Linville Caverns

828-756-4171
South of Linville, NC, in Marion NC. NC’s only commercial caverns. Open weekends Dec., Jan., and Feb., daily the rest of the year. It’s always 55 degrees underground!

Bristol Caverns

423-878-2011
Paved, lighted walkways and an exciting history where Indians used the underground passages for stealth visits to the settlers land above.

Gentry Creek Falls

3 miles from A Cottage in the Woods and less than 10 miles from Prospect Hill. Bring wading boots – you’ll cross the creek many times!

Cascades

near Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 271.9

Elk River Falls

beautiful, rural (don’t be put off by the access through what seems like a neighborhood)

Boone Fork Falls

near Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 296.4

Linville Falls and Duggers Creek Falls

near Milepost 316.4 – Linville Falls is set up for visitors of all skill levels. It is an easy walk from the parking lot straight into the bottom of the falls; hike to the top has aspects of hiking a staircase (lots of step ups).

Backbone Rock Falls

Small falls near Backbone Rock, southwest on Hwy. 133 from Damascus, VA, toward Shady Valley. Very short walk. Do not wear sandals.

Dennis Cove Falls

The Dennis Cove Recreation area is just chock full of nice waterfalls.

Other Outdoor ActivitiesBack to Top

Hawksnest Zipline

800-822-4295
Ride in winter above snow-tubers at Seven Devils, N.C., and over creeks and through trees. 

Skiing

Comprehensive skier info for the region

Appalachian Ski Mountain

828-295-7828
Blowing Rock, N.C. Appalachian Ski Mountain is a ski area in the eastern United States.

Beech Mountain Ski Resort

800-438-2093
Beech Mountain, N.C. The highest ski resort in eastern North America, offering skiing, snowboarding terrain park, ice skating, snow tubing, great group rates.

Sugar Mountain  

800-784-2768
Banner Elk, N.C. Ice skating, tubing, too. The resort offers 20 slopes and trails, 4 tubing runs, and a vertical drop of 1200 feet.

Hawksnest

828.963.6561
Hawksnest Tubing park is the largest snow tubing park on the East Coast! With over 30 lanes of snow tubing that span from 400-1000 feet long, Hawksnest Tubing is your family’s destination for a unique winter experience. 

RedTail Mountain Golf Resort

423-727-7931
Located in Mountain City, Tennessee, offers a unique mountain golfing experience with its Par 72, 18-hole signature golf course. An impressive 400-foot elevation change on the back nine offers stunning views and exciting challenges. Spectacular mountain views are a backdrop for your day spent with friends and family while taking the time to appreciate the gifts of nature.  

Area Attractions 30 Minutes or Less from the InnBack to Top

Johnson County Museum

423-727-5800
716 South Shady Street (Hwy. 421 S.), Mountain City, TN
(about 3 minutes from inn) in the Johnson County-Mountain City Welcome Center, Museum preserving Johnson County's suburban history, featuring a 1950s electric model house.

Sycamore Shoals Fort

423-543-5808
1651 W Elk Ave, Elizabethton, TN 37643
(about 5 minutes from inn) Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park protects the land that was the location of several important historic events that occurred in the late 18th century.

Heritage Hall Theatre

423-727-7444
211 N Church St, Mountain City, TN 37683
(about 5 minutes from inn) Live performance stage with a wide range of offerings.

Butler Museum

423-768-3880
123 Selma Curtis Rd., Butler, TN
(about 20 minutes from inn) Artifacts from the town “drowned” by nearby Watauga Lake in 1948

Mast General Store

866-367-6278
Highway 194, Valle Crucis, NC
(25 min. from Inn) to enjoy an old-fashioned mercantile store much like the one owned by the builder of Prospect Hill, Major Joseph Wagner.

Artwalk

828-264-9998
611 W King Street, Boone, North Carolina
(about 30 minutes from inn) ArtWalk is the best place in Boone North Carolina for handmade arts and gifts, as well as on-trend apparel and jewelry

Area Attractions 30 to 60 Minutes from the InnBack to Top

Capo’s Music Store

276-525-1880
903 E. Main Street Abingdon, VA 24210
(about 40 minutes from inn) All acoustic shop with a niche focus on Bluegrass and Old Time. Jam sessions every Saturday night at 6:30pm. Come play or just listen!

Moses Cone Memorial Park

828-295-7938
667 Service Road, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
(about 45 minutes from inn) March 15 – Nov. 30 (great, one-of-a-kind made-right around-here items). Bridal trails are enjoyed by horse owners with their carriages–you may wish to walk around the lake.

Tweetsie Railroad

800-526-5740
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
(about 45 minutes from inn) This Wild West theme park recreates a rambunctious, rough-riding Old West town alongside whirling fair rides, can-canning saloon dancers, and the puffing of historic steam engine Number 12.

Heartwood

276-492-2400
One Heartwood Circle, Abingdon, Va 24210
(about 45 minutes from inn) LEED certified, green building for the arts, cafe, gallery

Barter Theatre

276-628-3991
127 W. Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210
(about 45 minutes from inn) Virginia’s state theater, live performances, several stages

The Crooked Road

276-492-2409
One Heartwood Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210
(about 45 minutes from inn) Music throughout the state

Round the Mountain

276-492-2410
One Heartwood Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210
(about 45 minutes from inn) SW Virginia’s artisan network centered at Heartwood

Parish of the Holy Communion

423-768-3880
123 Selma Curtis Rd., Butler, TN
(about 50 minutes from inn) Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Jefferson NC, , St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, West Jefferson, NC, about 50 minutes away (scenic drive).

The Blowing Rock

828-295-7111
(about 50 minutes from inn) Highway 321 South, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605
Namesake to the eponymous town, this jutting rock formation overlooks miles of the Blue Ridge Mountains and experiences powerful updrafts from the Johns River Gorge, centering it in local legend.

Carlton Gallery

828-963-4288
10360 Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk, NC 28604
(about 60 minutes from inn) One of the most established Fine Art Galleries in the High Country of Western North Carolina, Carlton Gallery features a spirited collection of artwork in all mediums with over 200 local, regional, and national artists.

Quilt Trail

423-979-2581
3211 North Roan St., Johnson City, TN 37601
(about 60 minutes from inn) We invite you to take a trip back in time as you slow down and enjoy the scenic countryside of our region. For your pleasure we have displayed the artistry of the traditional quilt on a backdrop of historic and beautiful barns.

Area Attractions More than 60 Minutes from the InnBack to Top

Grey Fossil Site

423-439-3659
1212 Suncrest Drive, Gray, TN 37615
(about 1 hr 10 minutes from inn) The Grey Fossil Site with some of the most important fossil sites in North America. Don’t miss a trip to the “back yard” where archeologists are actively digging–and finding some neat stuff, such as red pandas!

Rocky Mount Living History Museum

888-538-1791
200 Hyder Hill Rd, Piney Flats, TN 37686
(about 1 hr 10 minutes from inn) The historic home of the governor of the State of Franklin. It offers an authentic feel of being in the later 18th century.

International Storytelling Center

800-952-8392
116 W. Main St., Jonesborough, TN 37659
(about 1 hr 15 minutes from inn) ISC’s campus includes the 14,000-square-foot Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, surrounding plaza and courtyard, and three-acre park.