Getting Here

Appalachian State University is located in Boone in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina, close to Virginia and Tennessee. Less than two hours from the region’s major population centers, the campus is easily accessible via modern highways NC 421, 321, and 221 with convenient connections to interstate highways 81, 77, 40, 85 and 26. For traveling north/south at a relaxed pace, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers a scenic route.

Appalachian is served by four major airports: Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Asheville Regional Airport, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and Piedmont Triad International Airport. For more information on local accommodations, restaurants and attractions, contact High Country Host and/or visit Explore Boone Area.

Ground Travel

From the northeast via Interstate 81 and Interstate 77: 

From the south via Interstate 77:

From the west via Interstate 40 (Asheville and/or Hickory areas):

From the east via Interstate 40 and Interstate 85:

From the west (Johnson City, TN):

Take I-81 south to I-77. Proceed south on I-77 into North Carolina. Exit onto Highway 421 North and travel approximately 60 miles to Boone. In Boone follow signs to campus

Proceed north on I-77 through Charlotte and Statesville. Continue on I-77 North until you reach the I-77/HWY 421 interchange. Exit onto Highway 421 North and travel approximately 60 miles to Boone. In Boone follow signs to campus

In Asheville, take I-40 East to Highway 221 in Marion. Exit onto Highway 221 North and follow to Linville. In Linville, take Highway 105 North to Boone. -OR- When traveling on I-40 in the Hickory area, exit onto Highway 321 North and travel approximately 50 miles to Boone. In Boone follow signs to campus.

Proceed to Winston-Salem on I-40. Exit onto Highway 421 North in Winston-Salem and travel approximately 86 miles to Boone.  In Boone follow signs to campus.

Take 321 South through Elizabethton, TN to 19E. Follow 19E through Newland, NC to Linville, NC. Take 105 North to Boone. In Boone follow signs to campus.

Air Travel


Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI)

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)

Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO)

Distance to Boone

86 Miles

90 Miles

96 Miles

110 miles

Physical Address

2525 Tennessee 75, Blountville, TN 37617-6366

61 Terminal Drive, Fletcher, NC 28732

5501 Josh Birmingham Pkwy, Charlotte, NC

6415 Bryan Boulevard, Greensboro, NC

Air travel

Getting Around Town

AppalCART provides fare-free bus service to locations with the Town of Boone and Watauga County, North Carolina. Most stops are within the Town of Boone limits with other services providing transportation access to locations and individuals outside of Boone.   

Fixed bus routes provide access to numerous locations within Boone. The routes service Appalachian State University campus, numerous apartment complexes and local hotels within Boone, Downtown Boone, community outreach locations, and Boone business and shopping locations.

View Route Maps and Schedules for more information.

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