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.
|Blue Bear Mountain Todd, 828-406-4226|
|Catawba Falls Campground Old Fort, 828-668-4831 Wi-Fi available|
|Springmaid Mountain, Spruce Pine 828-297-0725|
|Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park, Marion 828-652-7208|