Community Profile

banner elk ncBanner Elk’s small-town charm supports a population of about 1,000 people, including the students of Lees-McRae College. The town is embellished with lovely gated communities that exemplify class and sophistication in the High Country.

Banner Elk is virtually a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Winter months in Banner Elk NC are famous for great skiing and snowboarding opportunities among the four resorts that are close by.  Spring and summer months are most enjoyable in the North Carolina High Country due to the pleasing climate with an average temperature of 58 degrees. Most outdoor activities take place during these months and range from hiking and biking, to fishing and golfing. Fall is a spectacular sight in the Blue Ridge as various hues of reds, oranges and yellows surround the town of Banner Elk North Carolina.

The village of Banner Elk offers visitors and residents unbeatable dining and shopping opportunities. Banner Elk NC has a plethora of antique galleries and showrooms to please collectors in search of old world European imports. Dining in Banner Elk is always popular, as you’ll find everything from casual delis to fine cuisine.

Banner Elk is located in Avery County North Carolina, offering a prestigious school system in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Because Appalachian State is located in our neighboring county, we have the privilege of offering you some of the best teachers in the state, as ASU was formally a teachers college. Avery County NC offers 6 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and one high school, Avery County High. Avery County prides themselves on their small class size that allows teachers to encourage individual growth on a more personal basis.