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 in North Carolina Mountains is Open to Travelers

    Travelers wishing to visit the North Carolina mountains can do so in Banner Elk. We are open to visitors. Located near Boone in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Banner Elk began welcoming tourists back on May 6, 2020. Since May 22, lodging places in Banner Elk have been able to rent all of their available units. […]
  • Grandfather Mountain Reopens; Sets New Guidelines for Visits

    Following a two-month closure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Grandfather Mountain, which is 15 minutes from Banner Elk, reopened on May 22, 2020, with all ticket sales taking place online. In accordance with Gov. Roy Cooper’s three-phased “reopening” of North Carolina, the nature park will strictly limit visitor numbers to follow social gathering […]
  • 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.
  • Banner Elk is a Top 15 Summer Cabin Destination

    Looking for fun and affordable summer cabin vacation? Look no further than a Banner Elk cabin says one of the world’s largest travel websites. TripAdvisor.com, with more than 375 million unique visitors monthly, named Banner Elk to its list of 15 Affordable Summer Cabin Getaways Across America. Trip Advisor analyzed user ratings for all U.S. […]
  • 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.
  • 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, with crowds cheering […]

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