Quality of Life

Ashe County businesses and residents alike enjoy the benefits of an excellent quality of life. Nestled in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Ashe is the northwesternmost county in North Carolina, bordered by the peaks of Virginia's Grayson Highlands to the north and Tennessee's Cherokee National Forest to the west.

A natural paradise enhances Ashe County's scenic beauty and charm of small-town living. Residents, tourists, and nature enthusiasts are drawn to the New River, the oldest river in North America and the second-oldest in the world. Opportunities abound to canoe, kayak, tube, or just soak in the river's timeless peace and tranquility. Other sites for recreation include Mount Jefferson Natural Area and New River State Park as well as Pond Mountain and Three Top Mountain game lands which provide opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, fishing, hunting, and cross-country skiing.

Not only does the mountain setting offer a beautiful backdrop for everyday living, but it has also inspired a culture rich in arts and music. With a temperate, four-season climate, thriving local agriculture and farmers markets, and welcoming communities, Ashe County offers an idyllic High Country lifestyle.