Sugar Mountain Resort
Sugar Mountain is only is few miles from Blue Ridge Village and is North Carolina's largest ski area with a 1,200-foot vertical rise and a run of one and a half miles.
Accessible only by trail, Linville Falls are spectacular sights to behold. Several falls from the Linville River drop into a deep gorge creating a dramatic mist. The falls have the largest volume of water of any waterfall on the northern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Drive to the summit of Grandfather Mountain, the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountain range, where you can photograph all kinds of wildlife. Then walk across the mile-high swinging bridge, the highest swinging footbridge in the country.
A great spot to shop and enjoy the splendor of North Carolina mountains. Blowing Rock is beautiful during every season with the blooms of spring, mild summers, brilliant fall colors and beautiful snow for skiers.
Hawksnest Resort has become one of the biggest snow tubing operations on the East Coast. The resort boasts up to 20 lanes ranging from 400 to 1000 feet long so the whole family can enjoy the ride.In the summer Hawksnest transforms into one of the areas most popular zipline courses with over 20 ziplines including 4 mega zips.
While there are hundreds of trails in and around Banner Elk, the most notable may be the section of the Appalachian Trail that snakes through the area. Some consider this part of the trail the toughest part.