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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

Feb 27

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy:

2/27/18
Starring the fierce fiddling duo, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy command the stage with an… more
Mar 16

Golden Dragon Acrobats

3/16/18
The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries… more
Mar 17

St. Patrick's Day Parade

3/17/18
Celebrate spring with a St. Patrick's Day parade through downtown Boone. The parade will start at the western end of… more
Mar 23

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

3/23/18 – 3/24/18
Join us for one of North America's largest screenings of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. This year,… more
Mar 24

Meltdown Games

3/24/18 – 3/25/18
Winter isn’t over until we say it is. Come enjoy Appalachian’s classic end of the winter celebration on… more
Apr 07

39th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby

4/7/18
The 39th Annual Derby begins at sunrise on Saturday, prizes awarded at 4:30pm. Win prizes for biggest fish in separate… more
Apr 13

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet

4/13/18 – 4/14/18
This tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler has simultaneously shocked, awed and… more
Apr 15

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet

4/15/18
This tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler has simultaneously shocked, awed and… more
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815 W. King Street, Suite 10
Boone, NC 28607
(T) 828-266-1345  •  (F) 828-266-1346
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