I'm getting ready to go to Ashe county this weekend. I love that part of the state!
Anyways... when I first started open carrying, I was really nervous unless I was with someone else or a group of people. It doesn't even phase me anymore. Once you realize that no one really cares, all is good. Just make sure you stay polite and know the law. I'd suggest a WalMart run as your first OC trip.