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Ashe County Hiking Trails

<h2>Ashe County Hiking Trails</h2> <p>With the warmer weather here to stay for the season, it is time to plan a few trips to enjoy the beautiful scenery that Ashe County has to offer.&nbsp; North Carolina&rsquo;s &ldquo;Lost Province&rdquo; is in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains - offering a perfect respite from hotter weather experienced in the summer months at lower elevations in the southeast.</p> <p>While there are near endless options to explore the great outdoors in western North Carolina, some of the best hikes in the state are in and around Ashe County.&nbsp; Clear mountain rivers, panoramic views of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, rushing waterfalls &ndash; you name it.&nbsp; Locals in Ashe County are blessed with multiple nearby well-maintained trail systems, and terrain suited for all abilities.&nbsp; Some of these hikes are virtually in our listings&rsquo; backyard, so check our website to find your perfect mountain getaway.</p> <h2>Mount Jefferson State Natural Area</h2> <p>Mount Jefferson is a prominent peak that rises above the towns of Jefferson and West Jefferson. &nbsp;Visitors can drive close to its peak and access several hiking trails with impressive views of Ashe County and beyond.</p> <p>Mount Jefferson offers 541 acres of natural woodlands with long-range views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The natural area features hikes for all abilities ranging from 0.3-4 miles in length.&nbsp; The most popular trails are Rhododendron Trail, Mountain Ridge Trail, Lost Province Trail, and Spur Trail.&nbsp; Mount Jefferson State Natural Area is especially popular due to its proximity to many of Ashe county&rsquo;s best restaurants and attractions within the urban centers of Jefferson and West Jefferson.</p> <p>Rhododendron Trail is magnificent in early June when the native purple Rhododendron is in bloom.&nbsp; The trail is 1.1 miles and has stunning views of the valley below with views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Doughton Park</h2> <p>Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Laurel Springs, Ashe County, and Allegheny County.</p> <p>Doughton Park has more than 30-miles of hiking trails, camping, picnicking, a restaurant in season, and many more attractions.&nbsp; More information on<a href="https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/doughton-park-trails.htm" target="_self"> Doughton Park hiking trails</a>.</p> <h2>Elk Knob State Park</h2> <p>Elk Knob State is part of the amphibolite range &ndash; a prominent part of the Appalachian Mountain Range. &nbsp;The amphibolite-gneiss rock (for which the range is named) yields a more neutral soil &ndash; enabling an abundant diversity of plant life. &nbsp;In the summer months, these mountain peaks are lush with wildflowers and other vegetation.&nbsp; Other notable peaks of the amphibolite range include Snake Mountain, Rich Mountain, Potato &ldquo;Tater&rdquo; Hill, and Three Top Mountain.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Hiking in Elk Knob State Park</h2> <p>There are several popular hikes in Elk Knob State Park that are especially beautiful with the greenery&nbsp;of the spring and summer.&nbsp; The summit trail (4-mile round trip) is one of the most popular trails.&nbsp; It offers an expansive view of three states (Virginia and Tennessee, aside from North Carolina). Hikers see a variety of wildlife as well as a plethora of wildflowers along the trail. &nbsp;In addition to the summit trail, there are also options at the saddle of Elk Knob that gain less elevation while still offering a tranquil outdoor experience. &nbsp;Maple Run Trail and Beech Tree Trail are great options for those looking to get outside but not climb to mountain peaks.&nbsp; Both loops are around&nbsp;a mile and offer visitors a peaceful escape into a pristine Appalachian Mountain forest.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Cascades Trail</h2> <p>The Cascades Trail, found just north of Deep Gap along the Blue Ridge Parkway, is a hidden gem treasured by Ashe County locals.&nbsp; The most common start for this hike is at the Cascades overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 272.&nbsp; From the overlook, it is a tame hike to &ldquo;the cascades&rdquo; &ndash; formed as Falls Creek tumbles down a cliff and begins descending over a thousand feet into the Yadkin Valley.&nbsp; The turn-around point of the hike features one of the most impressive views: a 200-foot waterfall framed by mountain laurel and rhododendron which blooms in the early summer.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Spring in North Carolina Mountains

<h1>Spring comes slowly to the North Carolina Mountains.</h1> <p>It seemed ages ago since we first saw the daffodils creeping up ever so slowly, or experienced the wonderful fragrance of&nbsp;the first buds on lilac bushes which will tell us that the dreary days of winter will soon be gone.&nbsp;</p> <p>As the mountains awaken with the sounds of songbirds perching on the gray twigs, the trees begin to bud and tinge with green; when the dogwoods and the tiny colorful wildflowers are covering the landscape, and the mountain streams are rapidly flowing from the winter&rsquo;s higher elevations melting snow, it will be spring.&nbsp;</p> <p>What a magnificent time to be in the mountains.</p> <h2><strong>Visit us in the spring and experience the unfolding of the season.</strong></h2> <p>If the great outdoors is your thing, come to the mountains of North Carolina for rafting or picnicking along the New River, horseback-riding in the fresh country air, or hike and camp close-up within the beauty of nature.&nbsp;</p> <p>Spend the day taking one of the delineated road tours to see and experience the unforgettable rich diversity Ashe County and the High Country has to offer.&nbsp; Every turn and curve in the road reveals unexpected, beautiful scenic views and byways.&nbsp;</p> <p>There is freshness in the air, the unmistakable smell of spring.&nbsp; All of this reminds us that the spring season is a time of rebirth, rejuvenation, and renewal.</p> <h2>Ashe County offers a wide and diverse range of activities, whether your interests lean toward the cultural, the culinary, or the great outdoors.&nbsp;</h2> <p><strong>Our Towns, West Jefferson, and Lansing in Spring</strong></p> <p>In the towns of West Jefferson and Lansing, you will find plenty to do. After a cold and colorless winter, the warming golden rays of the sun will bring these&nbsp;small towns gently back to life.</p> <p>In West Jefferson, there is a wide variety of art galleries, unique shops, community theatre performances, music festivals, and many more activities. &nbsp;The town has restaurants galore, whether your palate prefers fine dining,&nbsp;down-home country cooking, or anything in-between.&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Even in the uncertainty of this past year West Jefferson and Lansing continue to grow.&nbsp; </strong></h2> <p>One of the latest additions to our town, Boondocks Brewing Brew Haus has added a Sky Deck where you can take your food and award-winning craft beer from inside the Brew Haus to the rooftop to enjoy a starlit sky while overlooking the town of West Jefferson.&nbsp; The restaurant, a block from the Brew Haus, Boondocks Brewing Tap Room and Restaurant (one of the many restaurants in West Jefferson) features a variety of excellent food offering both inside dining and a covered deck for outdoor&nbsp;dining.</p> <p>For those of you who have not visited West Jefferson in a while, as you stroll around the backstreet park in West Jefferson, you will find our own<a href="https://www.ashecountyrealestate.com/blog/Pocahontas-Statue-West-Jefferson-NC"> Pocahontas returned home.</a></p> <p><strong>Two new shops have opened recently in West Jefferson.</strong></p> <p><em>Three Little Bears and Company</em> featuring a variety of old fashion candies, gifts, and works of crafts by local artisans.</p> <p><em>Homeslice</em>,<strong> </strong>a restaurant, and bar featuring New York-style Pizzas along with a large variety of food and drink.&nbsp; It is also a place to hang out for sure.</p> <p>Owned and operated by Ashe County&rsquo;s own Jimbo Sexton and friend Mike Kesterson.&nbsp; (If you really want to know their story and feel the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant and bar - <a href="https://homeslicewj.com/about-us/">read here</a>.)</p> <p><strong>Lansing Continues with the Revitalization of the Town</strong></p> <p>Not long ago, Lansing began a revitalization of their town by adding the Lansing Creeper Trail Park on one of Ashe Counties&#39;&nbsp;major trout streams, Horse Creek.&nbsp; Here you have access to the stream and can fish without waders.&nbsp; There are areas for picnicking or hanging out in the park.&nbsp; The park features restrooms, a section for your dogs, and charcoal grills throughout the park.</p> <p>Lansing is known for one of the best pizza restaurants in the area, Pie on the Mountain, and is just across the street from the park.</p> <p>There are many events held each year, which include the Ola Belle Reed Festival and the Greater LA Festival.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Spring has officially arrived!</h2> <p>Ashe County and our towns are ready to offer the best in things to do and see.</p> <h2>Ashe High Country Realty</h2> <p>Ashe High Country Realty&nbsp;offers real estate services to those seeking a home, land to build, or investment real estate.&nbsp; Established in 1989, we have the knowledge&nbsp;and understanding of the local&nbsp;market.&nbsp; Our years of experience&nbsp;can assist you in making your decision.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>To learn more about our real estate for sale or more about the area, browse our website.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Why Get a Home Inspection

<h1><strong>Why a Home Inspection? </strong></h1> <p>The well-informed buyer will request a home inspection.&nbsp; It could be prior to the contract or after but prior to the closing of the property.</p> <p>The role of the home inspector will be to supply a comprehensive report that details any defects or major problems that exist in or outside the home.&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Disclose Known Issues:</strong></h2> <p><a href="https://www.findlaw.com/realestate/selling-your-home/required-real-estate-disclosures-when-selling-property.html">Most states require by law, that sellers show any known major defects to a buyer or their agent.&nbsp;</a></p> <p><strong>The advantages to the seller in obtaining a pre-listing inspection:</strong></p> <p>It is becoming customary for a seller to get a home inspection prior to putting their home on the market. This inspection upfront will aid the seller&nbsp;in&nbsp;replacing&nbsp;or repairing any issues found by the inspector.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;In showing to the buyer, the issues found, the buyer may choose to make the repairs and negotiate the cost of the repairs while the seller may choose to either fix the problem or sell the home &ldquo;as is&rdquo; and let the buyer deal with the hassle and potential cost of repair.&nbsp;</p> <p>Depending on the age of the home and the condition, most well-informed real estate brokers will recommend this inspection.&nbsp; Any problems found in the inspections will allow the seller to address the issues found, or not found, and take&nbsp;them into consideration when deciding the value of the home.&nbsp;</p> <p>Problems discovered by the buyer after closing, this report can be valuable to the seller as it can show in good faith that they were unaware or corrected the problem.</p> <h2><strong>Below is a list of the little things the sellers can do prior to the Inspection:</strong></h2> <ul> <li>Outside the home, clean the siding around the perimeter from dirt, pine straw, or mulch.&nbsp; This will allow the inspector to access the foundation and will appear well kept to the buyer.</li> <li>Remove any branches that may hang over or on the roof of the house or bushes too close to the house.</li> <li>Inspect door and window frames for any wood rot and windows that may have lost their seals.</li> <li>Inspect outside and inside water spigots and faucets for leakage.</li> <li>Replace HVAC filters if necessary.</li> <li>Be sure all electrical outlets are working including outside GIF outlets.</li> <li>Check to see if all windows are operational.</li> </ul> <h2><strong>Inspections can be stressful for both sellers and buyers.&nbsp; Prepare to make this part of the sale as efficient&nbsp;as possible. </strong></h2> <ul> <li>Leave all keys to closets, sheds, garages, and all rooms available to the Inspector.&nbsp; Also, access to an outside building included in the appraisal of the home should be available to the inspector.&nbsp;</li> <li>Check to make sure all breakers are on, as well as water, gas, and electrical fixtures are running at the time of the inspection.&nbsp;</li> <li>Crawl spaces, attic, and electrical panels should be accessible for entry by the inspector.&nbsp;</li> <li>In storage rooms and basements, move items from the walls to allow access.</li> <li>Items that are hard to find, or in unexpected areas leave a note for the inspector.&nbsp; These items may include water cutoffs, alarms, and light sources.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp; For more information on what to expect from a home inspection<a href="https://themortgagereports.com/37715/home-inspection-checklist-what-to-expect-on-inspection-day"> follow this link.</a></p>

Pocahontas Statue West Jefferson NC

<h1>West Jefferson&#39;s Marble Statue - A Work of Art</h1> <p>Standing proudly at the corner of West Main Street and 2nd Avenue in&nbsp;downtown West Jefferson, the <em>Pocahontas Statue</em> is beloved by Ashe County citizens.&nbsp; The history behind this statue may be more than what meets the eye, and the <em>Pocahontas Statue</em> in West Jefferson has a twin over 600 miles to the north.</p> <p>The statue originally commissioned in the early 1930s was to be a major piece for the Geneva Central Council in upstate New York.&nbsp; Original funding for the project came from Works Progress Administration.</p> <p>&nbsp;As the sculptor, Jean Mackay, was nearing completion, she discovered a dark vein that ran across the statue&rsquo;s upper body and face. &nbsp;No longer satisfied with the veined marble as the medium for the statue, the Georgia Marble Company replaced the piece of marble.&nbsp;</p> <p>Once again, the sculptor started from scratch. The final statue, <em>The Lady of Peace</em>, completed in the late 1930s still stands in Geneva, NY.</p> <h2>The original veined marble work of art, still a world-class work of art with extra character, the story goes:</h2> <p>In 1939, Mr.W.B. Reeves of West Jefferson bought the unfinished statue from Georgia Marble Company and brought it to Ashe County.&nbsp; The statue sat on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and 1st. Street for many decades in amongst the tombstones at Ashe Memorial Works, owned by Mr. Reeves.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Upon the sale of Ashe Memorial Works, Dr. John Gamble of Lincolnton, North Carolina, a relative of Mr. Reeves, bought the statue of <em>Pocahontas</em> from the new owner of Ashe Memorial Works. &nbsp;&nbsp;According to a <a href="https://lincolnherald.net/main.asp?SectionID=16&amp;SubSectionID=225&amp;ArticleID=4913">news article in Lincolnherald News Paper,</a> Dr. Gamble placed the statue on his farm in Lincolnton County.</p> <p>During the period that the statue was with Dr. Gamble, there were many individuals who tried to buy West Jefferson&rsquo;s icon, &ldquo;Pocahontas&rdquo; and bring her home.&nbsp;</p> <h2>The Gamble Estate Agrees to Sell<em> Pocahontas</em></h2> <p>&nbsp;Upon the death of Dr. Gamble, the Gamble family became open to selling the statue to the town of West Jefferson. In March 2016, with the negotiations completed <em>Pocahontas</em> was coming home.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Why Was she Called <em>Pocahontas</em>?</h2> <p>At the time Mr. Reeves brought the statue to West Jefferson, Ashe County locals endearingly dubbed the statue <em>Pocahontas</em>.&nbsp; She has been a staple piece of art over several decades, only having been away from downtown West Jefferson for a brief period.&nbsp;</p> <p>No one in West Jefferson knows why the locals selected the name,<em> Pocahontas.</em> &nbsp;But she is a local icon. &nbsp;</p> <p>As with her sister in Geneva, people would occasionally paint and decorate her, usually around Halloween. &nbsp;It was a tradition of high school graduates to place a brasserie on <em>Pocahontas</em> the night of their graduation.&nbsp;</p> <p>The return of <em>Pocahontas</em> was a welcoming homecoming and well received by Ashe County locals.</p> <p>Take a drive through downtown West Jefferson to see West Jefferson&rsquo;s treasured <em>Pocahontas</em> for yourself!&nbsp; Visit her on her pedestal in the town&rsquo;s Back Street Park.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Note:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.main.nc.us/ashe/pocahantas.htm">The story of the long famed statue on the north end of town, from Our State magazine, June 29, 1946</a></p>

NC High Country Winter

<h1>Outdoor Activities in NC Mountain High Country</h1> <p>In the summer there are many reasons to visit Ashe County and the mountains of Northwestern North Carolina.&nbsp;Hiking among the wildflowers in the spring, cooling off by the New River on a warm summer day or taking a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway as the autumn leaves begin to change.&nbsp;</p> <h2>But what is there to do in the winter?</h2> <p>When winter comes along, residents in Ashe County and the surrounding area have access to some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the Southeastern United States.&nbsp;The winter of 2020/2021 has brought cool weather and natural snowfall, so conditions on the slopes are perfect for a day of skiing, snowboarding, or tubing.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Appalachian Ski Mountain</h2> <p>App Ski Mountain, as it is known by many, is a wonderful place to learn to ski or snowboarding.&nbsp;Appalachian Ski Mountain is renowned across the southeast for its French-Swiss Ski College.</p> <p>Founded in the winter of 1968-1969, the ski college has supplied instruction for countless new skiers &ndash; allowing them to enjoy the sport for a lifetime.&nbsp;&ldquo;Safety, Fun, Learning, and Practice&rdquo; is its motto, and you are sure to have a wonderful time at App Ski Mountain no matter your ability.&nbsp;If skiing or snowboarding is not your thing, there&rsquo;s ice skating available as well.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Appalachian Ski Mountain is only 45 minutes from West Jefferson.</p> <h2>Sugar Mountain Resort</h2> <p>Sugar Mountain is another popular place to get outside and enjoy the snow during the winter months.&nbsp;The resort boasts 125 skiable acres, and 1,200 vertical feet of elevation &ndash; the most in North Carolina!&nbsp;There are options for beginners, experts, and everything in between at Sugar Mountain, and it is less than an hour&rsquo;s drive from West Jefferson.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;Sugar Mountain also has options for tubing, so there is more than one way to have a blast on the slopes.</p> <h2>Beech Mountain Resort</h2> <p>Topping out at 5,506 feet, Beech Mountain is the highest ski resort in the eastern United States.</p> <p>There are 95 acres of skiable terrain at Beech Mountain, accessed by 17 separate runs.&nbsp;The resort also has options for tubing and ice skating.</p> <p>Want to take a break from the activities?&nbsp;Then take your break where outdoor seating is available at Beech Mountain Sky Bar on Beech Mountain&rsquo;s summit.&nbsp;From the summit enjoy panoramic views of the North Carolina and Tennessee Mountains.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Ashe County, the Springboard to the Northwestern North Carolina Mountains</h3> <p>Ashe County residents and those who visit Ashe County are spoiled year-round by near-endless options for outdoor recreation in the High Country.&nbsp;</p> <p>While you are here, have a look at our website to find your perfect property in the scenic mountains of North Carolina.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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