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 Weather Cam – Live

    Banner Elk Weather Cam, hosted by AshevilleWX.com, shows the current weather conditions in this resort town in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The camera is perched a few hundred feet above Banner Elk, looking out at town with Grandfather Mountain in the background. Click play button to activate the live feed:
  • Grandfather Mountain is Open; Here are Guidelines for Visits

    Following a two-month closure last year due to COVID-19, Grandfather Mountain, which is 15 minutes from Banner Elk, reopened on May 22, 2020, with all ticket sales taking place online and reduced occupancy on a daily basis. This continues to be the policy in 2021. Guests will still be able to enjoy Grandfather Mountain’s many […]
  • Art on the Greene is Four Times Each Summer

    Art on the Greene transforms the grounds of the Historic Banner Elk School into an art gallery multiple times each summer. These popular shows generally take place Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend, the first weekend in August and Labor Day weekend. In 2021, the scheduled dates are: May 29-30, July 3-4, Aug. 7-8 […]
  • 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 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. […]
  • 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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