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Welcome to Sands ...

Sands is located in Watauga County<1>.

The location of Sands has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

Sands is 3,250 feet [991 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the elevation of Sands is about ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Sands lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Sands lies within the (828) area code.

Communities Also Named Sands ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 10 communities that are also named Sands - they are located in California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois (2), Maryland, Michigan (2), Missouri and New Mexico.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Sands.

Communities near Sands ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Sands.

  • Boone [Watauga County]
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    • Boone [Watauga County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<4> to the south of Sands
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,003 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boone have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boone
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Boone<5>
  • Mountain City [Johnson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain City
    • Mountain City [Johnson County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<4> to the northwest of Sands
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,444 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mountain City<5>
  • Norris [Johnson County]
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    • Norris [Johnson County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<4> to the west of Sands
    • Estimated population in 2014: 1,652 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Norris have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Norris
  • Jefferson [Ashe County]
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    • Jefferson [Ashe County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<4> to the northeast of Sands
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,534 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jefferson have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jefferson
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jefferson<5>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Trade [Johnson County]
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      • Trade [Johnson County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<4> to the northwest of Sands
      • Estimated population in 2014: 1,441 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trade
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Trade<5>
    • Blowing Rock [Caldwell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blowing Rock
      • Blowing Rock [Caldwell County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<4> to the south of Sands
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,316 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blowing Rock have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blowing Rock
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Blowing Rock<5>
    • West Jefferson [Ashe County]
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      • West Jefferson [Ashe County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<4> to the northeast of Sands
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,313 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Jefferson have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Jefferson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for West Jefferson<5>
    • Banner Elk [Avery County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Banner Elk
      • Banner Elk [Avery County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<4> to the southwest of Sands
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,082 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Banner Elk
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Banner Elk<5>
    • Newland [Avery County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Newland
      • Newland [Avery County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<4> to the southwest of Sands
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 694 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Newland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Newland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Newland<5>
    • Elk Park [Avery County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elk Park
      • Elk Park [Avery County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<4> to the west of Sands
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 450 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elk Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elk Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elk Park<5>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Sands. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Sands.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Sands. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Sands.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Sands. See our Newspapers Page for Sands.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Sands ...

Looking for more information about Sands? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Sands, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Sands.

Adding Sands to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Sands in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Sands was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Sands on a map titled Rand McNally Map of North Carolina (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Sands on our Genealogy Page.

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About Watauga County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sands. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Watauga County: www.wataugacounty.org/

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Carolina's counties, including Watauga, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Sands - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sands) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sands. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.2510, Longitude: -81.6482       In this case, the coordinates for Sands have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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