Ashe County on the New River


Ashe County offers a little something for every walk of life. The New River brings thousands to the town every year. July 31st, 1998 President Bill Clinton came to Ashe County with Vice President Al Gore to declare the New River an American Heritage River. Ashe County offers several options for you and your family to be able to enjoy the river’s beauty. Ming the river home during the summer months has been one of the local resident’s favorite past times. The locals have their favorite spots to camp and go tubing down the peaceful river. Other great outdoor activities to enjoy while the weather is nice and warm are river fishing, kayaking, tubing, swimming or hiking. Ashe County created a group of locals who go through and clean up any litter on the river so it stays well taken care of and is beautiful for all to enjoy.

If you are looking to relocate to one of the three towns or several unincorporated communities in the county, you may be wondering what the social life scene looks like. West Jefferson is one of the fastest-growing towns in the county. West Jefferson has something to offer everyone in your family. Three of the most well known spots to enjoy an adult beverage are:

  1. Trent’s Tavern – Trent’s is the newest arrival, which is currently making their comeback after being shut down for a year from Covid. If you enjoy a Cheers-like atmosphere then you should definitely check out Trent’s and show your support. This private club is a nice spot to just go relax and chat with friends, play darts, and listen to a variety of music.
  2. Boondocks Brewery – Boondocks has two options: 1 – Brew Haus where you can sample
  3. New River Brewery – New River has some of the best barbeque found in the Carolinas, and they have their own brewery.

Walking through Downtown West Jefferson you will find yourself being welcomed by every friendly face you pass. The locals are proud to call West Jefferson home and look forward to meeting the new residents. Ashe County is