In all four seasons, the Sugar Mountain area offers amazing outdoor adventure. In the Winter, Sugar Mountain Resort provides an excellent venue for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, tubing and snowshoeing. During Spring, hike the along the Blue Ridge Parkway, at Grandfather Mountain, or at Linville Gorge and enjoy far-reaching views. In Summer and Fall months, Sugar Mountain Resort offers hiking and biking trails and scenic lift rides, or enjoy the Village’s golf course or tennis courts, nearby whitewater rafting, kayaking and more.
In Sugar Mountain
The tennis at Sugar is spectacular. Six courts, meticulously maintained of fast-dry, Har-tru clay, are wildly popular from May through October. Mens, womens, and mixed play “friendlys’’ can be found every day of the week. And like the golf, the tennis facilities are open to everyone, either on a pay as you go basis, or economical season pass options.
Sugar Mountain Golf Club may be the best kept secret in mountain golf, but not for long. Located just minutes from Boone, Banner Elk and the Blue Ridge Parkway, the 18-hole municipal course is “Everyman’s Golf Course” in a region home to some of the world’s premiere private country club communities. The fabulous Par 64 golf course opened for play in 1974, the design of Frank Duane, previously the senior project manager for more than two decades for Robert Trent Jones, the undisputed dean of golf course architecture. Visitors will find golf at Sugar Mountain affordable and accessible. Rates vary during the season which opens early April and concludes the end of October. Walk specials are available every afternoon after 3 o’clock, as are twilight rates with cart.
From early May through mid October, enjoy the beautiful views on the diverse and challenging trail system that winds through the Village of Sugar Mountain on bikes or on foot. Trail access is free and maps are available in the mailbox at the base of Flying Mile Slope.
In the Area
Just a few minutes from Sugar Mountain, Wildcat Lake offers an old-fashioned swimming hole complete with white sand beach, swimming pier and fishing dock. This 13-acre lake is a popular venue for non-motorized boating and kayak and canoe rentals are available seasonally. The NC Wildlife Resource Commission stocks the lake with three varieties of trout, bluegill and largemouth bass. Fishing is open from dawn to dusk, seven days per week. NC fishing licenses are required. Tufts Memorial Park, located next door, provides a bath house, picnic tables and shelters. The park and lake are owned and maintained by Grandfather Home for Children. There is no charge to use the facilities, although donations are appreciated. To reserve the picnic shelters, call 828-898-5465.
Just minutes from Sugar Mountain, you’ll find The Blue Ridge Parkway, “America’s Favorite Drive.” Some of the most scenic, most photographed parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway are located near Sugar Mountain with abundant opportunity for hiking, picnicking, leaf-looking, wildflower-watching and birding.
Trails close to Sugar Mountain include:
MP 304.4: Linn Cove Viaduct Access Trail | .16 mi EASY
MP 305.2: Beacon Heights Trail | (10 minutes to view) .22 mi MODERATE
MP 305.5: Tanawha Trail | 13.5 mi EASY/MODERATE
MP 308.2: Flat Rock Trail | .63 mi EASY
MP 316.4: Linville Falls Trail (view of upper Falls) | .8 mi MODERATE
MP 316.5: Linville Falls Trail (view of lower falls) | .5 mi STRENUOUS
Sugar Mountain is conveniently located just 15 minutes from Grandfather Mountain. Offering 11 trails varying in difficulty from a gentle walk in the woods to a rigorous trek along the peaks, Grandfather Mountain’s trails offer a range of views and challenges. In the backcountry of Grandfather Mountain, you’ll encounter even more challenging terrain including trails navigated by ladders and cables. For more information and trail maps, visit: www.grandfather.com/things-to-do/walking-hiking
Guided whitewater rafting, whitewater kayaking, rappelling and rock climbing for the whole family. Trips include a delicious home cooked lunch. Enjoy rock climbing and rappelling in the beautiful Wilson Creek Wilderness with three phases of instruction. Whitewater rafting includes the Anaconda rapid, and since we lease the property where the rapid is located, you can re-run the Anaconda as many times as you like.
Over 25 years of experience. Guided trips including Nolichucky River rafting, Watauga River rafting, Wilson Creek rafting, New River tubing, Hiking and Caving. Family friendly and safety conscious.
Indoor pool, XArcade active gaming experience, exercise classes including pilates, interval training, spinning, yoga and zumba.
Zipline year-round! Hawksnest currently has 20 ziplines including 4 mega zips, 2 over 2000 feet long and 2 over 1500 feet long. With 4 miles of zipline riding with heights over 200 feet and speeds up to 50 mph. Ziplines are over trees, through trees, over lakes and creeks with panoramic views on almost every ride. Huge observation deck at mountaintop lodge for after your zipping sessions!