In 1983, members of the Valle Crucis Community joined forces to preserve a 12-acre tract of land along the Watauga River that was slated for development as a recreational vehicle campground. Their efforts were successful, and the Valle Crucis Community Park was born. The park’s founders held a clear vision for the land: That it should remain undeveloped, as a recreational and gathering space for the community, in perpetuity.
Today Valle Crucis Community Park has grown into a 28-acre destination for High Country residents as well as visitors to the area. The park is open to the public year-round and provides space for a variety of outdoor activities.
To provide a safe and peaceful recreation resource and gathering space for our community, preserve open space, and educate our visitors about natural resources and the importance of protecting them for future generations.
Ashley Galleher brings more than four years of leadership experience in the non-profit world to her role as Executive Director of the Park, having worked for CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation in Truckee, Calif., from 2012 through 2016. Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management/Commercial Recreation & Tourism Development from Appalachian State University in 2010. She remains an avid outdoor sports enthusiast. Ashley grew up in Valle Crucis and says the Valle Crucis Community Park was “essentially a second home during my childhood.”
BOARD OF DIRECTORS