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Big Cities

Big cities with plenty of action and things to do.

Outdoor Adventure

Bike riding trails, horse trails, ATV trails we have it all

Our Heritage

Visit our heritage sites, there is always something going on.

Natural Wonders

From the sea to the mountains, our natural wonders abound.

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Avery County

Welcome to the Balcony of the Blue Ridge

Bike Trails

Enjoy our bike trails. Catawba Falls Campground is a great home base.

Special Events

3.2% of visitors came for Special events and festivals

Visit NC

Visiting relatives and Family Reunion accounted for 25.5% of visitors.


Avery County

Avery County welcomes you to the beautiful North Carolina Mountains. Banner Elk is the hub of Avery County's energetic resort region featuring premier ski slopes, outstanding golf courses, popular travel attractions, and many other recreation opportunities. Visitors to the Avery County area are thrilled by our beautiful mountain scenery, area wildflowers, and even Banner Elk's famous Woolly Worm Festival, where we race caterpillars for fame, fortune, and winter forecasting. This is a great place to begin a vacation in the cool North Carolina High Country.

Sugar Creek Gem Mine
3045 Tynecastle Highway, Banner Elk, NC 28604 | Phone: 828-898-4367
Offers prospecting, sorting and identifying gems with expert staff, and gem cutting for jewelry.


Campgrounds and Cottages within 50 miles.




Catawba Falls Campground Old Fort, 828-668-4831 Wi-Fi available
Down by the River Campground,
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