Appalachain State University is one of the highlights of the town and the county, though George and I have only driven past it so far in our travels. It's a pretty campus, from what we've seen, and they take pride in their football, as well as their academics.
During our 2008 visit, we visited Blowing Rock, both the town and the tourist attraction. The town of Blowing Rock is especially charming! I'll mention the Blowing Rock area more in my Caldwell County post, since both Watauga and Caldwell Counties lay claim to Blowing Rock!
Watauga County was formed in 1849 from several surrounding counties, and was named for the Watauga River. It borders Tennessee and several other North Carolina counties in the mountainous western part of the state. Grammy winner Doc Watson was born in Deep Gap, in Watauga County.
Town of Blowing Rock, in both Watauga and Caldwell Counties