Town Living

Escape to the Western North Carolina High Country and you will find a wide variety of activities and attractions to enjoy, all surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Nestled in the heart of the Ridge is Sugar Top, perched at 5,000 feet above sea level on Sugar Mountain. At the base of Sugar Mountain lies the town of Banner Elk NC, known for its friendly community and exquisite colors during the fall. Banner Elk’s one-stop-light town is a great getaway for families as the outdoor opportunities are endless.

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Banner Elk Antique Shops

Banner Elk is known for its abundant antique dealers throughout the area, attracting many antique collectors...

Community Profile

Banner Elk's small-town charm supports a population of about 1,000 people, including the students of Lees-McRae ...

Golf Courses

Sugar Mountain and its surrounding areas offer a great place for golfers to escape from the hustle and...

Grandfather Mountain

Majestic Grandfather Mountain rests in the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountain chain, and is one...

Hiking and Biking Trails

NC hiking is perhaps the most popular outdoor activity in the High Country. There are multiple trails...

Horseback Riding

Equine enthusiasts will feel right at home in the High Country, as the area is a horse lover's paradise....

Lees-McRae College

Lees-McRae College, a four-year liberal arts institute, is nested in the Mountains of the High County...

Medical Care

Cannon Memorial Hospital is the nearest hospital to Sugar Mountain and is located in scenic Linville,...

Shopping

Shopping is one of the many things to do in Western North Carolina High Country with its vast options...

Sugar Mountain Skiing

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort is a defining feature on Sugar Mountain and a place that visitors, second home...

Local Dining

If you are looking for a great meal after a hard day of playing, check out what Banner Elk has to offer....

Summer Theatre

Lees-McRae College's Summer Theatre program and events have a long standing history in the High Country,...

Weather

Sugar Mountain rests high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and as such enjoys a beautiful...

Whitewater Rafting

Get ready for some rip roaring good times! With so many fast flowing rivers in the area like the Watauga...