Ashe County hosts a wide variety of recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to this beautiful northwestern corner of North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Parkway runs along the eastern area of the county and has many possibilities for scenic sightseeing via car, motorcycle, bicycle, and hiking along with some great spots to have a leisurely picnic. The New River offers miles of fantastic waters for canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and fishing. There are several privately owned canoe and kayak rental businesses that will furnish a vessel and transportation back to the starting point following your journey, or you can bring your own. Some rental businesses also offer camping along the river as an option for your visit. Is golf more your speed? We're home to two 18-hole golf courses - Mountain Aire (public) and Jefferson Landing (private).  Additionally, Ashe County has several state parks in which to enjoy our natural beauty that include Elk Knob State Park, New River State Park, and at 4,665 feet above sea level, the majestic Mount Jefferson State Park. Our state parks offer great hiking, scenic views, and picnicking areas.

The former route of the Virginia Creeper train that ran from Abingdon, VA and through Ashe County offers a look into history by way of a biking route in the Todd area. The route is an easy ride for visitors of all ages. You can rent a bike or bring your own to enjoy this scenic ride. The hundreds of miles of paved roadways in Ashe County provide the opportunity for biking on all levels of expertise. In August of each year, and sponsored by the Ashe Civic Center, the Blue Ridge Brutal bike race offers enthusiasts a 50, 75, or 100 mile route.

Ashe County also has public parks that provide a variety of options for recreation. Ashe County Park, located in Jefferson, is a 78-acre public park that has three softball/baseball fields, an outdoor basketball court, an open air volleyball court, three large picnic shelters with barbecues, horseshoe pits, three playgrounds for young children, paved roadways for walking, a stocked fishing pond, the High Country Skate Park for skateboard enthusiasts, and our championship 18-hole High Country Disc Golf Course. The Bowie-Segraves Municipal Park in West Jefferson offers a picnic shelter, a one-half mile lighted walking path, playground areas, softball/baseball field, and some peaceful areas to relax. Located at 626 Ashe Central School Road in Jefferson, the Family Central facility offers three youth softball/baseball fields, an outdoor volleyball court, a regulation football/soccer field, a playground for the children, a regulation gymnasium, an indoor batting cage, and an outstanding weight room/fitness center.

Recreation activities abound in Ashe County, NC. No matter if your interests are in canoeing/kayaking, hiking, biking, sports opportunities, or a relaxing picnic with family and friends, Ashe County has something for you to enjoy.

Photo Credit - Kim Hadley