Valle Crucis is nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, only a few miles from Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk. Residents and visitors alike enjoy our own main street of inns, galleries, and shops, including a general store dating from the 1800’s. Our region is located between the thriving art and science centers of Asheville and Winston-Salem, but a million miles away in peace and serenity.


Valle Crucis is located 227 miles northeast of Atlanta, 420 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., and only 108 miles northwest of Charlotte, NC. During the past 25 years, Valle Crucis has transformed from a little-known rural community in western North Carolina to a popular destination for vacationers and new residents. The valley’s scenic beauty and situation in the Blue Ridge Mountains have been major factors in recent growth of Valle Crucis. One can now find new businesses catering to visitors, including bed and breakfasts and restaurants. The Mast General Store, located in the heart of the Valle Crucis community, is now a major stop for visitors to the area.


Valle Crucis is approximately 2680 feet above sea level. Weather ranges from warm summer days and cool summer evenings to cold winter nights. Rainfall is moderate, averaging 43" per year.  Severe weather is rare. Snowfall occurs in the winter with some accumulation to be expected several times between December and April.

Valley Cruces Information

Valle Crucis was settled over 200 years ago and is a Historic Community on the National Register of Historic Places.  The name of the town is Latin for “Vale of the Cross,” a reference to a valley in the area where three streams converge to form a shape similar to an archbishop’s cross. The historic mission still proudly stands here today.

The Mission


Recreation in the area includes winter snow skiing, hiking, canoeing and biking.  The Valle Crucis community park hosts a variety of events throughout the year.  The park includes a small lake and walking trail that covers nearly one mile.

One highlight of a trip to Valle Crucis is a visit to River and Earth Adventures, Inc.  As the valley’s only adventure guide service they cater to the typical Valle Crucis visitor. Guided wilderness adventures include: whitewater rafting, caving, canoeing, tubing, a paddling school, and hiking.