Everything you need to know about Deep Gap, NC

Find your outdoor adventure and learn about the birthplace of famous musician, Doc Watson.

Read on to learn more about this community.

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What Deep Gap, NC, is known for

Deep Gap, NC is a small unincorporated community located in the northwestern corner of North Carolina. The area is most widely known as the home of the great American folk artist, Arthel “Doc” Watson. Although he lost his sight before his second birthday, he was one of the most influential musicians of his time period. Doc is most widely known for his flatpicking and crosspicking techniques on the guitar. Throughout his career he produced over 50 albums and won 7 Grammy Awards.

Deep gap is also known as one of the prominent hunting grounds of the pioneer Daniel Boone. Boone is known throughout the Western North Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia areas as a remarkable hunter. There are several tall tales about the life of Daniel Boone which have expanded over the years.   He was a remarkable pioneer, explorer and avid hunter.

Things to do in Deep Gap, NC

Deep Gap is a small community with loads of outdoor activities. Here are a few to check out.

New River Corn Maze

New River Corn Maze opens in September each year and provides families with a fun-filled day of exploration while enjoying the beautiful fall foliage. The maze is located on the historic Brown Family Farm.  They provide hayrides, picnics by the river and the possibility of getting lost in the corn maze. You are able to choose from a wide variety of pumpkins in the Pick-Your-Own pumpkin field including ornamental and edible.


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Mountains-to-Sea Trail

The town of Deep Gap is lucky enough to contain a portion of the Mountain-to-Sea trail. If you love a long hike through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, this could be a section of the trail you don’t want to miss out on. The path through the High Country is from Beacon Heights to Devils garden Overlook with a distance of 90 miles. You may feel as though you are in the middle of nowhere, but will mostly be traveling parallel to the Parkway.


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Cascade Falls

Cascade Falls is a beautiful waterfall located minutes from downtown Deep Gap. It is a relatively easy hike, approximately 1.2 miles, but be careful as there are a lot of steps. The short hike provides two separate overlooks. Pay attention to the signage along the trail, as it warns to stick to the main trail. If you are looking for the perfect hike for the whole family, Cascade Falls in E.B. Jeffress Park is worth finding.


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Places to eat in Deep Gap, NC

Thompson Seafood & Country Cooking

Looking to take a step back in time? Step into Thompson Seafood & Country Cooking.  Here you will find a simple diner menu with several seafood options. It is the perfect place to grab a bite before you hit the Blue Ridge Parkway.


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Booneshine Brewery

Booneshine Brewery is not located in Deep Gap, NC, but it is just a short 11 miles away. The brewery provides the locals with a fun and inviting atmosphere. You can find some of the highest quality, locally brewed beers here. Bring a friend, enjoy the food, and enjoy your favorite adult beverage.


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Blue Ridge Diner

While spending time in Deep Gap with your family make sure to stop into the Blue Ridge Diner. The diner provides a cozy environment which is welcoming to kids of all ages. Their home cooked meals are sure to fill you up after a long day on the New River.


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Demographics of Deep Gap, NC

In 2010, the community of Deep Gap consisted of 2,255 people. The racial makeup is mainly white.

  • 18.6% under the age of 18
  • 20.8% from 18-24
  • 26.2% from 24-44
  • 29.6% from 45-64
  • 19.2% from 65 and older

Why you want to move to Deep Gap, NC

Looking for the perfect location which is close to a large town, but far enough away from the worries of city living? Deep Gap, NC is the place for you. It is a beautiful town living on, what the locals call, “mountain time.”

Whether you are looking to move to the High Country of North Carolina full-time or searching for the perfect second home, Deep Gap is the perfect location. The area offers enjoyment of endless hiking opportunities or head to Boone (9 miles away) to find tons of shopping and dining. Watauga County is fantastic for the whole family.

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History of Deep Gap, NC

The county of Watauga (meaning “beautiful water”) was formed in 1849 in the northwestern region of North Carolina. There are several small mountain towns enveloped in the county. One of these is Deep Gap, home to renowned musician Doc Watson. The county is also home to Appalachian State University and Tweetsie Railroad. Tweetsie is the oldest theme park located in North Carolina. The engine #12 Tweetsie was the original engine which traveled between Tennessee and North Carolina. She gets her name from the sound her whistle made coming through the mountains.

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