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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 20

Ghost TrainĀ®

9/22/17 – 10/28/17
Tweetsie Railroad will host a Halloween celebration to thrill the whole family. Ghost Train includes trick-or-treating,… more
Oct 21

Valle Country Fair

10/21/17
The Valle Country Fair is an overgrown church bazaar set in the center of one of the most picturesque valleys in the… more
Oct 26

Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance

10/26/17
The talented dancers of Ailey II are renowned for captivating audiences and translating their strength and… more
Nov 17

Christmas Mini-Tours and Shopping at

11/17/17 – 12/10/17
Mini tours of the farm every 30 minutes between 10am and 4pm Friday through Sunday, from November 17 to December 10.… more
Nov 17

Us The Duo

11/17/17
With Us The Duo’s new album Just Love, recorded after two years of explosive social media fame, widespread… 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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