Where Ever You Look There is a Beautiful View

There are plenty of activities and fun things to see and do all year long in the mountains.

Local Banner Elk Visitor Travel Information



Town of Banner Elkwww.townofbannerelk.org/

Banner Elk Chamber of Commercewww.bannerelkchamber.com/

Avery County Chamber of Commercewww.balconyoftheblueridge.com/

Boone Chamber of Commerce www.boonechamber.com/


Less than one mile away, our residents can enjoy access to the college pool, track, library, tennis courts and much more for an annual fee of $150.00


Local Weather for Avery County – www.raysweather.com


Foscoe Fishing Company & Outfitters

Endorsed by Orvis, complete retail and service center. Wading and floating guided trips available.
Call 828-963-6556 or visit www.foscoefishing.com

Fishing Locations Ashe County

Helton Creek
Directions: Virginia state line to N. Fork New River
Classified as: Delayed Harvest Trout Waters.

Big Horse Creek
Directions: SR1361 bridge downstream to Mud Creek at SR 1363.
Classified as: Wold Trout/ Catch and Release Artificial Lures Only Trout Waters.

Fishing Locations Avery County

Cranberry Creek – Boundaries of Wild Trout Waters.
Directions: Headwaters to U.S. 19E/NC 194 crossing.

Elk River
Directions: Lees-McRae College property, excluding millpond – Open to public Fishing.
Classified as: Catch and Release/Artificial Flies Only Trout Waters.

Elk River
Directions: Upper Hatchery Supported Trout Waters boundary changed to SR 1305 crossing immediately upstream of Big Falls.
Gragg Prong (including tributaries)
Classified as: Wild Trout Waters.
Web Prong (including tributaries)
Classified as: Wild Trout Waters.

Fishing Locations Watauga County

Beaverdam Creek
Directions: From confluence of Beaverdam Creek and Little Beaverdam Creek to the mouth of and unnamed tributary adjacent to the intersection of SR 1201 and SR1203 – Open to public Fishing.
Classified as: Hatchery Supported Trout Waters.

Watauga River – Lower
Directions: The lower boundary is now the steel bridge at Riverside Farm Road.
Classified as: Wild Trout Waters.

Watauga River – Upper
Directions: The upper boundary is now the SR 1557 bridge.
Classified as: Delayed Harvest Trout Waters.

Watauga River
Directions: SR 1114 to the NC 94 bridge at Valle Crucis – Open to public fishing.
Classified as: Delayed Harvest Trout Waters.


Hound Ears – Call (828)963-5831 for more information or visit www.houndears.com.

Mountain Glen – Call (828)733-5804 for more information.

Boone – Call (828)264-8760 for more information or visit www.boonegolfclub.net.

Mount Mitchell – Call (828)675-5454 for more information or visit www.mountmitchellgolfresort.com.

Beech Mountain – Call (828)387-4208, Opt. 1 for more information or visit www.beechmtn.club

Land Harbor – Call (828)733-8325 for more information or visit www.linvillelandharbor.org.

Sugar Mountain – Call (828)898-6464 for more information or visit www.seesugar.com.

Willow Creek – Call (828)963-6865 for more information.


Appalachian Trail – For more information visit www.appalachiantrail.org.

Camp Broadstone – For more information visit www.campbroadstone.com.

Grandfather Mountain – Call (800)468-7326 for more information or visit www.grandfather.com.

Linville Falls – Call (828)765-7818 for more information


Sugar Mountain Racquet Club
1121 Sugar Mountain Drive
$12.00 Single/ $24.00 Full Court
$ 8.00 Double/ $32.00 Full Court
Mon.-Sat. Half Price after 2:00 pm
Sunday Half Price All Day
Call for Reservation 828-898-6746

Lees McRae College
Courts available to the public, no charge or reservation
For more information visit www.lmc.com


Boone Fork — Julian Price Park to Watauga – class III-IV (v+), 4.5 miles long.

Catawba River – North Fork — Linville – class IV-V (V+), 2.5 miles long.

Elk River — Route 1326 to Rout 1305 – class IV-V, 8.4 miles long.

Elk River — Route 130 to Bridge above Sone Mtn Chruch Tennessee – class IV-V (V+), 4.8 miles long.

Elk Creek — Route 1162 to ROute 268 Bridge – class I-II, 8.4 miles long.

Gragg Prong River — Roseboro to Lost Cove Creek – class IV-V, 1.6 miles long.

John’s River — Route 1328 to Route 1438 – class I-II, 6.5 miles long.

Linville River — Linville Falls to Lake James – class IV-V+, 16.4 miles long.

Lost Cove Creek — Main – 8 miles long.

North Harper Creek — Wilson Creek Tributary – class IV-V (V+), 9 miles long.

North Toe River — Plumtree to Bush Rd/Rt 19E – classII, 10 miles long.

Steels Creek — To confluence to Upper Creek – class II-III, 6.6 miles long.

Thunderhole Creek — Globe Rd. to Upton – class III+, 3.5 miles long.

Upper Creek — Raven Cliff Gorge to FR 982 – class III+ (IV), 17 miles long.

Watauga River — SR 1557 to NC 105 – class II-IV, 2 miles long.

Watauga River — NC Route 105 Bridge to US Route 321 Bridge – class I-II, 12 miles long.

Watauga River — US Route 321 Bridge to Route 1200 – class II-III, 4 miles long.

Watauga River — Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake – class IV-V, 4.9 miles long.

Wilson Creek — Upper Wilson – class IV, 5 miles long.

Wilson Creek — Route 1328 Bridge to National Forest sign – class II-III, 5 miles long.

Wilson Creek — National Forest sign to parking area above Brown Mt North Beach – class III-IV+ (V), 1.9 miles long.

Wilson Creek — Below Brown Mt Beach to Johns River – class I-II (III), 4 miles long.

Yadkin River — Route 268 Bridge to Route 1137 – class I-II, 19.9 miles long.

Hiking in the Mountains
Lees McRae College. Established 1899
Banner Elk in the Snow
Golfer Teeing Off at a Mountain Course
Fly Fishing for Rainbow Trout
Camping in the Mountains

White Water Rafting