The county encompasses 427.05 square miles of rolling hills, low land and mountains. Elevations range between 2,700 feet above sea level in the lower areas while the highest summit is Peak Mountain at 5,100. Home sites range from 2,800 feet in elevation up to elevations of 4,960 in Big Tree on Bald and Elk Mountain and up to 4,600+ in Stonebridge located on Elk Mountain.

Some of the most beautiful scenery in the world is in the North Carolina Mountains. You will find unsurpassed long-range mountain views, native trout streams, hiking trails, New River for canoeing and tubing, music festivals, the arts, natural areas and state and federal parks including the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mt. Jefferson State Park and the New River State Park. In addition to the many events the county has to offer, it is the springboard for activities in southwestern Virginia, Boone, Blowing Rock and the ski areas of the North Carolina Mountains. It is also home to the first frescos painted by the renowned Ben Long presented on the walls of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Beaver Creek and Holy Trinity in Glendale Springs.

The county seat is located in Jefferson and is the largest of the nineteen townships. This is where the government facilities are located and was the first incorporated town. The largest town is West Jefferson, with Lansing, NC being the smallest of the three.

Not so many years ago, the town of West Jefferson catered to mostly local traffic. As the larger discount stores moved into the area, the downtown soon realized a decline in retail sales. The downtown shopkeepers realized they had to change the way they did business and in order to attract more visitors the town essentially must become more attractive. The goal was to attract more tourists and retirees who wanted to visit or retire to the North Carolina Mountains.

An undertaking to revitalize the downtown has successfully neared completion and West Jefferson has now become a friendly pedestrian town. The revitalization included an art district, street murals, green spaces and a pocket park. Ashe County Arts sponsor a downtown bi-monthly “Gallery Crawl” and the pocket park serves as a music venue during the summer months. There are art galleries, specialty shops, a nice selection of restaurants, a farmers market on the backstreet, antique shops, Florence Thomas School of Art and North Carolina’s only cheese plant, Ashe County Cheese located downtown.

When you are asked, "Where is Ashe County?" you can say it is a North Carolina Mountain county, a great place to visit with immeasurable activities and opportunities. It is also a place to call home.

Whether you are looking for a mountain retreat, a place to retire or just a traveler passing through, the friendly folks of Ashe County will show their mountain hospitality and welcome you to their town.

If your goal is to purchase Ashe County Real Estate, Ashe High Country Realty will meticulously seek-out the perfect mountain home you envision.