Banner Elk is located in Avery County North Carolina, offering a prestigious school system in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Because Appalachian State is located in our neighboring county, we have the privilege of offering you some of the best teachers in the state, as ASU was formally a teachers college. Avery County NC offers 6 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and one high school, Avery County High. Avery County prides themselves on their small class size that allows teachers to encourage individual growth on a more personal basis.
Banner Elk’s small-town charm supports a population of about 1,000 people, including the students of Lees-McRae College. The town is embellished with lovely gated communities that exemplify class and sophistication in the High Country.
Banner Elk is virtually a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Winter months in Banner Elk NC are famous for great skiing and snowboarding opportunities among the four resorts that are close by. Spring and summer months are most enjoyable in the North Carolina High Country due to the pleasing climate with an average temperature of 58 degrees. Most outdoor activities take place during these months and range from hiking and biking, to fishing and golfing. Fall is a spectacular sight in the Blue Ridge as various hues of reds, oranges and yellows surround the town of Banner Elk North Carolina.
Every October, Banner Elk is home to the Woolly Worm Festival. This annual event brings over 20,000 people to the Banner Elk area. The festival centers on a caterpillar that predicts our winter weather. Along with arts and crafts, this event is packed with things to do for kids of all ages.
Since 1978, the residents of Banner Elk NC have celebrated the coming of the snow season with a Woolly Worm Festival. They set aside the third weekend in October to determine which one worm will have the honor of predicting the severity of the coming winter; and they make that worm earn the honor by winning heat after heat of hard-fought races – up a three-foot length of string.