Valle Crucis is an unincorporated community located in Watauga County, North Carolina, United States. The name of the town is Latin for "Vale of the Cross," a reference to a valley in the area where three streams converge to form a shape similar to an archbishop's cross.
Recreation in the area includes winter snow skiing, hiking, canoeing, and shopping. The Valle Crucis community park is also a must for visitors and residents alike. The park hosts a variety of events (such as the circus) and is perhaps most well known for annual Relay For Life (which has been moved to Watauga High School due to the large crowd). The park boasts one of the highest rates of participation for the population it serves in the state. Characteristics of the park include a small lake and walking trail that was, a number of years ago, expanded from one loop measuring slightly over half a mile to a figure eight that amounts to near a mile. The park is continuously undergoing improvements. The town is also host to a kindergarten through 8th grade elementary school that typically has an enrollment in the 400s.