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Banner Elk

Banner Elk is one of the loftiest towns in the mountainous High Country region-at 3,739 feet above sea level. The towering peaks of Grandfather Mountain command the skyline, as do the two biggest ski areas in the High Country, Beech and Sugar mountains. The lofty ski hubs of both Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain are towns, too. No wonder Banner Elk license plates proclaim it the, "Ski Capital of the South."

A Century of Cool Mountain Charm

Banner Elk is a charming burg that's beautiful in all seasons of the year. Cool summers, flaming fall foliage, snowy winters and a vibrant, blooming spring season recommend the town's great restaurants and B&Bs. Attractions are many, including one of the area's great "swimmin' holes"-beautiful Wildcat Lake.

Lees-McRae College has been a catalyst in the Banner Elk area for about 100 years. Edgar Tufts founded the Elizabeth McRae Institute for Girls in 1900. Mrs. S.P. Lees was a major benefactor so the name changed to the Lees-McRae Institute in 1903. The institute became Lees-McRae Junior College in 1929, and then Lees-McRae College with four-year accreditation in 1990. Today the college is undergoing a renaissance of expansion. Its new May School of Nursing and Health Sciences debuts in October of 2014.

Featured Events

Oct 19

Ghost Train

9/21/18 – 10/27/18
Visit all the frightfully entertaining Halloween attractions, and take a chilling journey through the night on the… more
Oct 19

North Carolina Symphony

10/19/18
The North Carolina Symphony was founded in 1932 as America's first statewide orchestra. Each year, the Symphony… more
Oct 20

The Valle Country Fair

10/20/18
The Valle Country Fair is an overgrown church bazaar set in the center of one of the most picturesque valleys in the… more
Nov 08

Stephen Stills & Judy Collins

11/8/18
Over 50 years ago, Stephen Stills met Judy Collins and their tumultuous love affair was immortalized by Stills with… more
Nov 14

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico

11/14/18
This world-renowned, folkloric ballet ensemble from Mexico City is beloved for its artistry and ability to captivate… more
Dec 08

Boone Christmas Parade

12/8/18
Experience small-town America at its finest with a procession down King Street complete with decorated floats, local… more
Featured Events
815 W. King Street, Suite 10
Boone, NC 28607
(T) 828-266-1345  •  (F) 828-266-1346
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