Welcome to Banner Elk

Banner Elk is a popular getaway near Boone in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the North Carolina High Country. It’s a place that blends small town relaxation with the amenities of a larger city.

Enjoy a richness of culture and adventure. Within 15 minutes of the town’s lone stoplight you can experience the great outdoors, fabulous dining, theater and the arts, family attractions like Grandfather Mountain, and the South’s two largest ski resorts: Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain.
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  • Banner Elk’s World Famous Woolly Worm Festival

    Every autumn during the third weekend of October, the Blue Ridge Mountain town of Banner Elk becomes the woolly worm racing capital. That’s when this resort town welcomes visitors from near and far for the world famous Woolly Worm Festival. The festival features two days of racing woolly worms, aka woollybear caterpillars, which crowds cheer […]
  • Fall for Banner Elk this Autumn

    Few places in the North Carolina mountains have the variety of leaf-viewing options that Banner Elk offers. Nestled at 3,701 feet above sea level, the area usually reaches peak color around the third weekend of October. Leaves typically begin to change at the end of September with a vivid progression through late October.
  • The High Country’s Top Culinary Destination

    Banner Elk is the culinary hot spot of the NC High Country. Whether you’re looking for an upscale meal to mark a special occasion, a hearty sandwich after a day in the great outdoors, or a steak dinner in a casual setting, this town’s thriving food scene has it all.
  • A Small Town Christmas in Banner Elk

    Soak up a season of holiday cheer with “A Small Town Christmas in Banner Elk” the first full weekend in December. Escape the rush and enjoy an authentic small town holiday Dec. 6-8 in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Festivities start Friday evening and run through Sunday. Most events take place within walking distance in the […]
  • Four Best Places for Snow Tubing in the North Carolina Mountains

    There’s no tubing like snow tubing, and the Banner Elk area is home to four of the best places to snow tube in the North Carolina mountains. Snow tubing is among the easiest — and most fun — winter sports because it requires little preparation, equipment or skill. Just hop on a tube and whoosh […]
  • Banner Elk Lodging Recognized for Quality, Value

    A major travel website says travelers seeking a desirable winter destination and affordable lodging rates can find both with Banner Elk lodging. TripAdvisor.com, which has more than 375 million unique visitors monthly, named Banner Elk to its list of Top 10 Affordable Winter Hidden Gems in the United States. Trip Advisor analyzed user ratings for […]

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