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Banner-Elk is nestled high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina near the Sugar Mountain Ski Resort. This tiny tourist town is located within the Pisgah National Forest, and is surrounded by rugged mountains and crystal clear lakes and streams, making it a delightful, year round vacation wonderland. Sugar Mountain is the largest ski resort in North Carolina, and offers skiers and snowboarders 20 trails and 8 lifts spread out over 115 acres. Banner Elk also has championship golf courses, camping, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and numerous other outdoor activities. You can fish for fresh trout in a mountain stream, picnic beside the millpond, or hike the forest trails. Fall brings unparalleled beauty as the trees turn crimson, yellow and gold, and in winter, visitors enjoy the frosty, snow-covered peaks. Art galleries, inviting shops and boutiques, plus fine dining are all a part of the Banner Elk experience. Nearby attractions include Linville Falls, Grandfather Mountain, or the Blue Ridge Parkway, all within 20 miles of town. Banner Elk is home to the annual "Woolley Worm Festival," usually held in October. Many of the other picturesque, small towns in the area hold their own arts and crafts fairs and special events throughout the year, including some very festive 4th of July celebrations, complete with parades, picnics and fireworks displays.

Surrounding areas: Seven Devils, North Carolina (2.0 mi), Sugar Mountain, North Carolina (2.7 mi), Newland, North Carolina (6.1 mi), Valle Crucis, North Carolina (6.1 mi), Sugar Grove, North Carolina (8.0 mi), Boone, North Carolina (11.6 mi), Plumtree, North Carolina (12.1 mi)

Banner Elk Vacation Rentals

Banner Elk Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Sugar Mountain Ski And Country ClubBanner Elk, NC (828) 898-9784
Eseeola Lodge175 Linville AveLinville, NC6.7 mi.(828) 733-4311
Pixie InnUS 221Linville, NC6.7 mi.(704) 733-2597
Pixie InnLinville, NC6.7 mi.(704) 733-2597
Alpen Acres156 Old US Hwy 321 SBlowing Rock, NC11.0 mi.(828) 295-7981
Chetola Resort & Conference CenterBlowing Rock, NC11.0 mi.(800) 243-8652
Chetola Resort & ConferenceBlowing Rock, NC11.0 mi.(828) 295-5500
Days Inn Blowing RockHwy 321 BypBlowing Rock, NC11.0 mi.(828) 295-4422
Ridgeway Motor InnHwy 221Blowing Rock, NC11.0 mi.(828) 295-7321
Comfort Suites1184 Hwy 105Boone, NC11.6 mi.(828) 268-0099
Hampton Inn Boone1075 Hwy 105Boone, NC11.6 mi.(828) 264-0077
High Country Inn1785 Hwy 105Boone, NC11.6 mi.(828) 264-1000
Quality Inn Appalachian Conference CTR949 Blowing Rock RdBoone, NC11.6 mi.(828) 262-0020
Super 8 Motel2419 Hwy 105 SBoone, NC11.6 mi.(828) 264-4133
The Homecoming Lodge5335 NC Hwy 194 NBoone, NC11.6 mi.(828) 264-8413
Best Western Blue Ridge Plaza840 E King StBoone, NC11.7 mi.(828) 266-1100
Country Inn And Suites Boone818 E King StBoone, NC11.7 mi.(828) 264-4100
Holiday Inn Of Boone710 Blowing Rock RdBoone, NC12.2 mi.(828) 264-2451
Holiday Inn Express1943 Blowing Rock RdBoone, NC12.4 mi.(828) 264-2451
Comfort Inn-elizabethton1515 19e BypElizabethton, TN22.8 mi.(423) 542-4466
Big Lynn LodgeLittle Switzrlnd, NC24.6 mi.(704) 765-4257
Comfort Inn970 Blowing Rock BlvdLenoir, NC25.3 mi.(828) 754-2090
R & R HideawayHwy 18 Wilksboro BlvdLenoir, NC25.3 mi.(828) 754-5600
Days Inn206 Blowing Rock BlvdLenoir, NC25.9 mi.(828) 754-0731
Ramada LTD142 Wilkesboro Blvd SeLenoir, NC25.9 mi.(828) 758-4403
The Jameson Inn350 Wilkesboro BlvdLenoir, NC26.1 mi.(828) 758-1200
Cliff Dwellers Inn116 Lakeview TerBlowing Rock, NC27.1 mi.(828) 295-3121
Comfort Inn Of Johnson City1900 S Roan StJohnson City, TN28.0 mi.(423) 928-9600
Jefferson LandingJefferson, NC28.4 mi.(336) 982-4449
Sleep Inn Inn & Suites2020 Franklin Terrace CtJohnson City, TN28.8 mi.(423) 915-0081
Best Western Eldreth Inn829 E Main StJefferson, NC29.2 mi.(336) 246-8845

Banner Elk Weather & Climate

The High Country in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina has four mild seasons that help support the busy tourist trade. The mountain valley temperatures average 6 to 8 degrees cooler than the nearby Piedmont region in the summer months, and near the mountain peaks, it can be 10-20 degrees cooler. Moist southerly winds are forced upward in passing over the mountain barrier, causing showers and thunderstorms in spring and summer. Due to mild summer temperatures, the mountains have always been a welcome escape from the heat at the lower elevations. Summer nights are crisp and cool, but not too cold for camping or other outdoor activities. Although it does snow in the region, large amounts of snowfall and severe low temperatures are rare except at the highest peaks. Therefore most ski resorts use snowmaking equipment to ensure a reliable supply.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 40°F 18°F 4.22 in. -
February 43°F 21°F 3.81 in. -
March 51°F 28°F 4.88 in. -
April 58°F 36°F 4.16 in. -
May 66°F 45°F 4.73 in. -
June 73°F 52°F 4.60 in. -
July 76°F 56°F 4.36 in. -
August 75°F 55°F 4.32 in. -
September 70°F 49°F 4.07 in. -
October 62°F 38°F 3.57 in. -
November 52°F 29°F 3.73 in. -
December 44°F 22°F 3.17 in. -

Banner Elk Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located about 36 miles northwest of Banner Elk in Bristol Johnson Kingsport, Tennessee, the Hickory Regional airport (HKY) located approximately 39 miles southeast of Banner Elk in Hickory, North Carolina, the Wilkes County airport (UKF) located roughly 43 miles east of Banner Elk in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the Greeneville Greene County Municipal airport (GCY) located around 52 miles west of Banner Elk in Greeneville, Tennessee, the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 62 miles southwest of Banner Elk in Asheville, North Carolina, and finally the Shelby Municipal airport (EHO) located approximately 64 miles south of Banner Elk in Shelby, North Carolina.

Banner Elk Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC81.9 mi.
Paramount's CarowindsCharlotteNC86.7 mi.
JeepersConcordNC89.2 mi.
Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC92.7 mi.
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC116.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Village of Sugar Mountain Golf CourseBanner ElkNC 
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC2.5 mi.
Mountain Glen Golf CourseNewlandNC6.1 mi.
Tillery Tradition Country ClubMount GileadNC6.9 mi.
Boone Golf ClubBooneNC11.8 mi.
Willow Creek Golf CourseBooneNC11.8 mi.
Grassy Creek Golf & Country ClubSpruce PineNC20.4 mi.
Roan Valley Golf EstatesMountain CityTN21.6 mi.
Elizabethton Municipal Golf CourseElizabethtonTN22.5 mi.
Mountain Aire Golf ClubWest JeffersonNC24.0 mi.
Bear Trace at Tims Ford State ParkWinchesterTN25.6 mi.
Country Acres Golf ClubLenoirNC25.9 mi.
Lenoir Golf CourseLenoirNC25.9 mi.
Buffalo Valley Golf CourseUnicoiTN26.2 mi.
Quaker Meadows Golf ClubMorgantonNC29.1 mi.
Mount Mitchell Golf ClubBurnsvilleNC29.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC 
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC 
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC2.0 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC44.5 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC81.9 mi.
WinterplaceFlat TopWV107.2 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC113.7 mi.
Canaan ValleyDavisWV115.6 mi.
State Parks
Mount Jefferson State ParkNC28.2 mi. 
Rendezvous Mountain State ParkNC32.7 mi. 
Mount Mitchell State ParkNC34.8 mi. 
Grayson Highlands State ParkVA38.0 mi. 
Carroll Reece MuseumJohnson CityTN28.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hands On! Regional MuseumJohnson CityTN28.8 mi.(Children's)
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC42.0 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC54.5 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC95.2 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN115.3 mi.
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC119.3 mi.

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