Directions from Boone: Take SR 105 West. After passing the light at the 105 extension, continue another 2.5 miles (approx..) to the traffic light at Broadstone Road.
Continue on Broadstone Road for 2.5 miles (approx.) and turn left into the park. There is a small sign for the park and easy to miss. The park entrance is just before the historic Mass General Store.
The area that encompasses Valle Crucis Community Park was one destined to become a mobile home park, but local citizens gathered together to purchase the land and make it into the gem of a park that it now is.
The park offers, children’s playgrounds, an easy walking trail, picnic areas and some athletic fields. Despite the activities from its many recreational facilities, it is a birders paradise. On Wednesday mornings during season, Curtis Smalling, Audubon North Carolina's Director of Bird Conservation for North Carolina, offers free, open to the public bird walks, around the park. From grassy areas, to wetlands, to open farm fields, to the beautiful Watauga River, the park offers a diverse habitat for an amazing number of birds. Coupled with Curtis’s amazing knowledge of birds, this is a bird walk not to be missed.
High Country Audubon Society has taken the park on as a project, planting native plants to further attract birds to the area.
High Country Audubon Society is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization Donations to High Country Audubon Society are tax-deductible as allowed by applicable law.
Banner photo of Saw-whet Owl courtesy of Jesse Pope.