Banner Elk is a beautiful town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the North Carolina High Country. Banner Elk is full of culture and adventure and with an elevation downtown of 3700’, you can enjoy cool summers and snow-filled winters! From awesome art galleries to amazing ski mountains you can enjoy it all in this town. Two of the areas ski mountains are located near Banner Elk, so winter adventures are in full swing. Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing in the winter and awesome concerts, hiking, paddling, and mountain biking in the warmer months. If you rather come to Banner Elk to relax, they have you covered with a wide variety of restaurants, shops, spas, and wineries/ breweries. You cannot visit Banner Elk without a trip to visit Grandfather Mountain. Come see the mile-high swinging bridge, otters, bears, and panthers. Hike the trails or enter to be in the extremely challenging run up the mountain called “The Bear”! In the fall enjoy the beautifully colored leaves and visit the famous Wooly Worm Festival that happens every year in October. Whatever type of adventure you seek, Banner Elk has it all!
Featured Attraction: Wilderness Run Alpine Coaster is the first alpine coaster in North Carolina. It sits on 3265 Tynecastle Highway in Banner Elk. The coaster is gravity-fed and in the rider’s control. It can reach up to 27 mph and takes about five minutes to complete its run.