Things to do


Along with the many scenic views, fishing, hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, golf, and horseback riding are also available close by. We will be happy to make arrangements for any of these activities for you. If all you want to do is "kick back" and relax, then we'll have a chair waiting for you on our porch in summer or by the fire in our living room in the winter. We look forward to hosting you soon. 
LAND OF OZ
The Official website for the Land of Oz™ located on Beech Mountain in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina.
This family-owned property now opens to the public for limited occasions including the annual Autumn at Oz Festival and Journey with Dorothy Tours. Come to Land of Oz™ where fans from all over the world celebrate author L. Frank Baum's
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in all its glory.
BANNER ELK STABLES
Open year round, Banner Elk Stables offers horseback riding for the entire family year round. Take a memorable high mountain trail ride in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the flanks of scenic Beech Mountain. Enjoy nature's beauty and often the wildlife that inhabit these mountains all on horseback. It's a beautiful ride anytime of the year. With our large stable of horses we're sure we have just the right horse for your riding ability, even if you have never ridden before.
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Grandfather Mountain has been an icon in North Carolina's landscape for generations, offering stunning scenery and unmatched ecological diversity. This state park opens the mountain's 2,456-acre backcountry to spectacular hiking and backpacking. The park is known for some of the South's most severe weather and challenging terrain, with trails that have hikers scrambling along cliffs and up ladders. Access to 12 miles of trails and backpack camping sites is generally from the Profile Trailhead on NC 105 or trailheads along the adjacent Blue Ridge Parkway. However, trails can also be reached from the park of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation (which includes the mile-high swinging bridge and other attractions) and there is a fee for this access.
Sugar Mountain Skiing
Big-mountain ski resort area featuring a 1,200-foot vertical drop and ski runs of one-and-one-half miles.
Beech Mountain Skiing
All-season activities abound at this mountain resort area: skiing, tubing and snowboarding in the winter; hiking, fishing and biking in the summer.
Grandfather Mountain Nursery Garden Center
Since 1976, Grandfather Mountain Nursery Garden Center and Landscaping has been passionate about plants and creating pleasant outdoor environments in which you can live, play and relax in.
RIVER & LAKE FISHING
More fun itn the river! Fishing, tubing, boating and biking. Also,on site! The Stinging Nettle Food Truck to provide you with some amazingly awesome food! Online Ordering is available...so you can order your lunch before you even get here for your river trip!
Wilson Creek Trips
Wilson Creek Extreme Class 5 whitewater rafting; Wahoo's Adventures on Wilson's Creek in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
Beech Mountain Adventure Tours
Our professional guide is driving so you can enjoy the scenery and mountains more comfortably. With the addition of the these vehicles we are expanding our trails. Our high-quality vehicles are street legal, so we can tour all of beech mountain roads. All tours include a Professional Guide, and operational and safety instruction. The entire trail ride is rich in info and history.

Banner Elk Events

Take part of the activities in the North Carolina areas
Calendar of Events
August 31, 2019 to September 01, 2019
Art on the Greene
Historic Banner Elk School comes to life with Art on the Greene, featuring quality, hand-made arts and crafts from select regional and national artisans. Art on the Greene takes place Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend. The festivities include food vendors and other entertainment. Proceeds from the shows are used for restoration of the historic school, built in 1939 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project during the Great Depression. “Art on the Greene is geared toward artists who are involved in any medium in the Appalachian tradition of hand crafters,” says show director Kimberly Tufts. “We have metal artists, glass artists, potters, and high-quality jewelry from all types of makers. We have wood workers of all varieties from furniture to home decor wood items, as well as painters in a variety of mediums – watercolor, acrylic and oil.”
October 19, 2019 to October 20, 2019
Woolly Worm Festival
Since 1978, this quirky, world-famous festival has been used to predict the upcoming winter weather for the North Carolina High Country. According to legend, the 13 bands on the woolly worm (woolly bear caterpillar) represent the 13 weeks of winter. Brown bands indicate a mild week, black bands indicate a cold, snowy week. Since every woolly worm has different colors, the Woolly Worm festival holds races to determine which worm is used to make the forecast. Saturday’s winning worm receives $1,000 and the honor of predicting the upcoming winter. Races continue on Sunday, with that day’s winner receiving $500. The Woolly Worm Festival also includes about 175 craft vendors, food, live entertainment, and rides. This two-day family event annually draws more than 20,000 attendees and takes place during the traditional peak weekend for autumn leaf viewing in Banner Elk and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
December 06, 2019 to December 08, 2019
A Small Town Christmas
Create lasting memories during a special weekend filled with traditional holiday activities. A Small Town Christmas in Banner Elk begins Friday evening with the lighting of the town tree and a holiday play performed by Ensemble Stage at the Historic Banner Elk School. Saturday’s events begin early in the morning and stretch well into the evening. Festivities include: a 5K run, Breakfast with Santa, candy cane hunt, storytelling, ornament making, cookie decorating, Parade of Lights, train rides through luminaries in the park, visits with Santa and a synchronized light show. Shopping is available, too, and all activities are within easy walking distance in this one-stoplight resort town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sunday is reserved for visiting one of the many choose & cut tree farms in the surrounding countryside. Lodging packages, which include a choose & cut Christmas tree, are available.
There are no upcoming events.