Watauga Community Recreation Center is OPEN. The hours are M-W-F 6am - 8pm T-Th-Sat 8am - 8pm & Sunday Noon until 5. Pool hours vary. See the current schedule under the Aquatics tab. 

Important Watauga Community Recreation Center Links:

* Facility Hours
* Fee Schedule
* Aquatics Hours
     * Nov 1 - Feb 15
* Gym Hours
* Fitness Class

For program registration or memberships at the new Watauga County Recreation Center, please click here

Watauga County Parks and Recreation NEW WEATHER LINE is 828-264-9512. Please call this number during inclement weather for an up-to-date status of games and clinics.

Visit our Facebook page for current game schedule changes or cancellations.

Watauga County Parks & Recreation reminder that the Howard's Knob Park is open May 1st - October 20th. Normal hours are 8:30am - 7:30pm daily.. We respectfully request everyone to honor these hours. You may be cited for trespassing if parked outside the gate. We appreciate everyone's cooperation.

Click here to view or print our latest flyers and registration forms!

Click here to REGISTER ONLINE for our current programs!

Click here to view the Watauga County Parks & Recreation Comprehensive System-wide Plan

The Watauga County Parks and Recreation Office is located inside the new Recreation Center, located at 231 Complex Drive, Boone. The Recreation Center is not yet open to the public, but our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday though Friday.

Mission Statement

The Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department strives to provide a wide variety of quality recreational programming opportunities in the areas of arts, youth and adult athletics, special programs, special events, special populations including Special Olympics, aquatics, and summer youth camps. The department’s mission is for these programs to be enjoyable, fun, fulfilling, safe, and rewarding for all Watauga County citizens.

The public can enjoy the following facilities which are located throughout Watauga County: a gym, a community room, multi-purpose athletic fields, parks,  and picnic shelters.

The Recreation Department, formed in 1973, the department is advised by an 18-member Recreation Commission.  These members are appointed by the Watauga County Board of Commissioners. It is the role of this commission to guide and advise the Department to provide for adequate recreational opportunities for the citizens of the County.

Watauga County residents may rent recreational equipment or facilities for a fee by calling or coming by the Watauga County Parks and Recreation Office.


The Watauga County Parks and Recreation office is frequently hiring part-time positions. For information on positions currently available, check the county's employment opportunities page. Please check the county employment page for a list of current  part-time positions

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