River Watch Farm
River Watch Farm is located in the northern mountains of North Carolina, in Ashe County. We're on the South Fork of the New River, about 15 miles from the Virginia border. You'll find us easily off Rt. 221 North toward Sparta or Rt. 16/88 outside of Jefferson. We're only 2 hours from Greensboro and Charlotte and 3 1/2 hours from Raleigh.
What can you do when you vacation at River Watch Farm? You can rock on the porch, hike the surrounding property (7+ acres), watch the cows graze in the adjoining pasture, pick wildflowers, stroll down the scenic riverside road, dip your toes (or your fishing pole) in the river, or snooze on the sofa and listen to the rain on the tin roof. If you want more action, local activities are nearby. Within 10-20 minutes you'll find the West Jefferson Art District, Glendale Springs, antiquing, the Blue Ridge Parkway, golf, casual and fine dining, canoe, tube, and kayaking outfitters, horseback riding,hiking, country music and dancing, movies, bowling, and groceries.
Regular local activities include the annual Christmas in July festival, numerous musical events in West Jefferson and surrounding towns throughout the summer, frequent art gallery hops, Christmas tree cutting (mid-November through mid-December), and the Saturday morning Farmer's Market (spring, summer, and fall).
Take a scenic drive of around 30-45 minutes to find Historic Todd, outstanding hiking at Grayson Highlands Park (Virginia) or trails off the Blue Ridge Parkway, 2 local wineries, and the Boone/Blowing Rock area, including Tweetsie Railroad, Appalachian State University, and Appalachian Ski Resort.
In 60-90 minutes you'll be at Sugar or Beech Mountain, Linville Caverns, Grandfather Mountain, The Virginia Creeper Trail, the Barter Theater, and several Yadkin Valley wineries.
The links below can help you plan your vacation in Ashe County:
www.mountaintimes.com (local newspaper)
www.zaloos.com (canoe, kayak, or tube rental on the gentle New River)
blueridgeparkway.org (details on driving tours and hiking on on the Parkway)
www.asheweather.com (local weather forecast for Jefferson and West Jefferson)