Historical Sparta Court House

Relax and Enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains and the New River

Blue Ridge Parkway

A popular location to enjoy fishing and fly fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountain area of Sparta, North Carolina is the ancient streams and mountain brooks that flow from the great New River. The New River was long the source of food supply for the Indians and ancient inhabitants of Alleghany County. The New River Fishing found at the New River is excellent, as much of Alleghany County has remained untouched and in pristine condition. Enjoy a day of fishing with a New River fishing guide or choose from some of the hideaways and popular spots found around the county.

Stone Mountain State Park

New River

Fishing The New River near Sparta in the NC Mountains

Sparta History

Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northwestern North Carolina, Alleghany County.  The eastern most mountain county in North Carolina, it is convenient to the North Carolina Piedmont and to travelers along I-77. It is bordered by Grayson County, Va., on the north, and by North Carolina counties: Ashe on the west, Wilkes to the south and Surry to the east. Sparta, is the county seat and the only municipality. 

Alleghany is shaped by the land. The Crest of the Blue Ridge -- the Eastern Continental Divide -- forms the eastern and southern border and is home to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Average elevation is from 2,500 to 3,000 feet with the highest peaks of 4,000 feet or more in the Peach Bottom Mountains in the mid-section of the county.

The county is principally drained by the New River, which flows along the western and northern border, and its main tributary, the Little River, which runs through the central portion of the county. The North Carolina portion of the New River is designated a National Scenic River and offers camping and other recreational opportunities along its shore.

The county was settled in the late 1700's by hardworking pioneers mostly of
English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent, some having migrated down the "Wagon Road" from Pennsylvania. Many of their descendants still live on land that was granted to their families nearly 200 years ago.


Family Fun
Farmers' Markets
Gold and Gem Mining
Mountain Biking
Rafting, Canoeing, & Kayaking

Horse Back Riding
Fall Follage
Folk Art 
Folk Music



NC Wine Country
Nestled in the Valley below High Meadows Country Club is the Yadkin Valley and Swan Creek regions that are home to two dozen commercial wine producers.The wineries are small with intimate tasting rooms providing more access to winemakers and owners.This offers a great chance to try new wines and learn about the winemaking process.From a downtown storefront to a farm surrounded by llamas, these are as diverse as the people who tend them. Most are producing award winning vintages and gaining recognition nationally.  

Stone Mountain State Park
Experience the sights and sounds of Stone Mountain State Park. Located just miles from High Meadows Country Club is the National Natural landmark that hosts 15,000 acres of park land, scenic waterfalls and the 600 foot granite doom of which the park is named after.Enjoy more than 20 miles of trout fishing,camping,climbing hiking and sightseeing. This is one park you don't want to miss! 

Blue Ridge Parkway
Only 3.7 miles from High Meadows Country Club is the 469 mile historic Blue Ridge parkway.The parkway spands along the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains and connects the Shendoah National Park in Virginia with the Great Smokey Mountains in North Carolina.  

Ashe County Cheese
Ashe County Cheese is Carolina's oldest cheese plant, producing quality cheese since 1930. Watch the fascinating process of cheese making from the viewing area and visit our cheese & gift shop.Selling over 20 varieties o
f original Ashe Country Cheese as well as their own county butter, homemade fudge, and everyone's favorite fresh cheese curd.Also offering other fine cheeses, locally made wines and a variety of gifts, souvenirs and old fashioned snacks as well as candies. The Ashe County Cheese viewing room is open year round at no charge. The cheese making schedule changes from week to week so be sure to call ahead. 
Blue Ridge Music Center
Blue Ridge Music center is a state of the art performing arts facility to preserve and promote the historic music of Virginia and the Blue Ridge. The Blue Ridge region has produced more old time bluegrass musicans per capita than any other and it is the heart of many of Americans living music traditions. Explore the visitor center, experience the region's musical traditions through live performances, enjoy music and a 3,000 seat capacity outdoor amphitheater with state of the art sound and lights. Discover an indoor theater for films, whatever you entertainment needs are the Blue Ridge Music Center has you covered.