Banner House Museum

See what life was like in the NC mountains during the 1800s. The Banner House was built in 1865 by one of Banner Elk’s founding fathers, Samuel Henry Banner. The museum displays artifacts including period furnishings, farm tools, hand-stitched quilts, vintage clothing, photographs and paintings. Open June-September. 7990 Hickory Nut Gap Road, Banner Elk, NC Read More

Apple Hill Farm

Take a guided tour of this mountaintop alpaca farm and store. The walking tours let you get up close and personal with the alpacas, llamas, angora goats, guardian donkeys, dogs and other animals. Located 8 miles from the Sugar Mountain main entrance. Open year-round, weather permitting. Reservations recommended. For more info, go to their website.

Linville Caverns

Go underground and walk through Linville Caverns. Experienced guides take you into the subterranean world, giving you a history of the caverns and allowing you to view the stalactites, stalagmites and underground stream. Open year round, but only on weekends December-February. Located 20 miles south of Sugar Mountain. For more info, go to their website.