Banner Elk lies amidst the rugged mountains of Blue Ridge Parkway and the towering peaks of Grandfather Mountain, Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain with the Pisgah National Forest as a picturesque back drop. An affluent mountain town with a small town atmosphere, Banner Elk has world-class dining and unique stores to browse. Tour the local vineyards for wine tasting and relax to the sounds of a bluegrass festival.
Year-round recreation seekers have diverse activities to choose from in Banner Elk and the surrounding towns of Boone and Blowing Rock. Cool summers, colourful falls and wonderland winters make this a great four season destination. The Blue Ridge Parkway, rugged mountains, lakes and rivers provide miles of scenic trails for mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, rock-climbing, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Spend a day at Wildcat Lake, a scenic escape with great outdoor activities and a playground for the kids. For great winter sports visit one of the three nearby ski resorts: Appalachian Ski Mountain, Sugar Ski Mountain and Beech Ski Resort at Beech Mountain.
Local attractions in Banner Elk and the nearby towns of Boone and Blowing Rock include:
- Grandfather Mountain
- Mile High Swinging Bridges
- Tweetsie Railroad
- Horn in the West
- Blowing Rock