Things to Do in Banner Elk, NC

 

Visitors to the high country of North Carolina have no shortage of activities and attractions to occupy their time. From a hike through the natural beauty of the mountains and forests to a ride on the Tweetsie Railroad, there are plenty of things to do in Banner Elk, NC for people of all ages and interests.

Outdoor Things To Do in Banner Elk, NC

Of course, one of the biggest attractions of the Banner Elk area is found in nature. Visit the nearby Linville Caverns where you can explore the inside of a mountain. Fascinating rock formations, an underground stream home to trout and other fish, and an amazing underground world await you within.

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Maybe you’ll want to put on your hiking shoes and hike the famous Appalachian Trail that winds its way through the mountains, or take a horseback ride along nature trails led by a guide. Dutch Creek Trails will take you through the fields of an old farm as well as through the green wooded areas surrounding it. 

You can also try your hand at rock climbing in the mountains with Rock Dimensions Climbing Guides . Both experienced and new climbers alike are welcome! Grandfather Mountain invites you to enjoy sweeping vistas and walk across the mile-high swinging bridge.

Indoor Activities in Banner Elk

Even on a rainy day, you can find plenty of things to do in Banner Elk, NC, such as visiting the Banner House Museum to learn more about the incredible history of the area. The original home of one of the town’s founding families, this house has been restored to period beauty and features a gift shop and informative tour guides.

banner elk wineryThe Banner Elk Winery has a tasting room where you can sample some local wines. It was the first winery built in the area, and the vanguard of a new wine region. 

The Tweetsie Railroad is a great way to see the area on a true Wild West adventure. Kids will have a blast dressing as either a cowboy, an Indian or an engineer on board this steam train that winds its way through the wilderness. When you get off the train, there’s an entire theme park to be enjoyed, so this activity combines indoor and outdoor fun.

Shopping and Dining in Banner Elk

There are plenty of ways to spend a day in the North Carolina mountains, and browsing the shops followed by eating a leisurely meal is one of the best. Visiting Erick’s Cheese and Wine Shop and picking up some nibbles and a great bottle of wine to enjoy in your comfortable Banner Elk vacation rental is a great way to unwind. At the Bayou Smokehouse and Grill and Bayou Store , you can combine a meal with a little souvenir shopping.

The Village Shops include a variety of lovely boutiques where you can find just the right gift or something for yourself to remember your trip by. Carolina Barbeque is a must stop when you are done shopping, for a taste of authentic barbeque in the Carolina tradition. Don’t leave town without tasting it!



 

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