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Valle Crucis Park News ~ 40 Forward!

Forty years ago, a group of local residents had the vision and dedication to preserve a 12-acre tract of land along the Watauga River in the heart of Valle Crucis, and Valle Crucis Community Park was born. Since 1983, Valle Crucis Park has continued to grow and thrive, becoming a local treasure that enriches all of our lives. To ensure the beauty and vitality of this beloved park for another 40 years and beyond, we have launched the 40 Forward Campaign. Whether you can afford to contribute an additional $40 for now, $4,000 to support upcoming Park improvements, or $40,000 to grow our endowment for continuing financial sustainability, we are grateful for your help. As a privately-run nonprofit that receives little governmental support, we depend upon your donations.

2023 marks another milestone for Valle Crucis Park! This year we will celebrate the 20th season of Music in the Valle. What was once a small Friday night gathering where locals enjoyed music played in the Cooper Pavilion has become a hugely popular weekly summertime event drawing hundreds of people who recognize what a family-friendly delight this is. Join us on May 26 and every Friday through September 1 (weather permitting) from 6:00 pm to dusk for great music, good food, and friendly faces. You’ll notice some fun upgrades to the stage as well!     

Planning summer gatherings? We have three picnic pavilions available for rent. Committed to improving your health? Come take a walk, throw some frisbee, shoot some hoops, or spend a few quiet moments by the river. Don’t forget to renew your annual Friends of the Park membership to enjoy free parking on summer weekends. You can stop in at the Park office or donate online 

Keep an eye on this website and our social media pages for news about upcoming events. You can also sign up to receive our monthly e-mail News and Notes by contacting the Park office. See you at the Park!


We are a nonprofit organization. 80% of our operating budget comes from donations from visitors like you. Click here for information on our Annual Auction.


Learn more about how you can get involved in the various events taking place year-round at the Park.

Park History & Mission

Learn more about the history and mission of Valle Crucis Community Park.

Environmental Education

The park provides environmental education opportunities for visitors of all ages.

History of Valle Crucis, NC

Learn more about the rich cultural and natural history of Valle Crucis, North Carolina.


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