Grandfather Mountain looms along the northern leg of the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains
and dominates the view of the surrounding area. North of Grandfather in Ashe County are West Jefferson,
Jefferson, and historic Glendale Springs. At the foot of Grandfather is Linville, another historic
community, while Banner Elk, Beech and Sugar Mountain Resorts are also in Avery County. Boone, Blowing
Rock, and Valle Crucis are in Watauga County, North Carolina.