Spring is a secret season in Sugar Mountain. Enjoy peace and quiet, far-reaching views, and the beginning of wildflowers and new wildlife. Below are some fun activities for your Spring adventures:
Indoor pool, XArcade active gaming experience, exercise classes including pilates, interval training, spinning, yoga and zumba.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 offers some of the closest lodging options for Grandfather Mountain. Located only 15 minutes away, Grandfather Mountain is home to the famous “Mile High Swinging Bridge,” the Nature Museum, Wildlife Habitat featuring bears, cougars, otters and more. Fun for all ages. Groups welcome. Open year-round, weather permitting.
Mine your own North Carolina gemstones! Grab a bucket and our expert staff will set you up on our flume line, then our staff will help you sort your gemstones and identify them. If desired, our expert gem cutters can cut your rough gemstones and set it into a piece of jewelry. Located across from the entrance to Sugar Mountain.
The original Mast General Store is not only a great place to shop, it’s a trip back in time. The original store hosts the Post Office and still offers 5 cent-a-cup coffee. In the store you’ll find gourmet country food, cast iron cookware, old-fashioned toys and more. Just 2/10 of a mile down the road, you’ll find the Mast General Store Annex, featuring an eclectic collection of clothing and outdoor gear and the old fashioned Candy Barrel.
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.
Linville Caverns offers splendor and wonders that nature created inside a mountain. 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. Please visit the website for hours. Groups welcome.
Mountaintop alpaca farm and store. Guided walking tours let you get up close and personal with the alpacas, llamas, angora goats, guardian donkeys, dogs and other animals. Open year-round, weather permitting. Please call or visit our website for more information.
Located directly across from the entrance to Sugar Mountain, Serenity Day Spa offers a heavenly experience. Relax by the fire in the winter and on our patio during warmer months. Enjoy massages, facials, microdermabrasion, body treatments and more.
Terraced mountain vineyard and winery nestled on the Watauga River at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Warm breezes during the day and cool, crisp nights help develop the flavor and balance of our wine.
The Sugar Mountain area offers many art galleries with a range of talented artists. Our galleries include:
Alta Vista Gallery – Valle Crucis | www.altavistagallery.com
Art Cellar Gallery – Banner Elk | www.artcellaronline.com
Carlton Gallery – Banner Elk | www.carltongallery.com
Sally Nooney Gallery – Banner Elk | www.sallynooney.com
Southern Highland Craft Guild – Blue Ridge Parkway | www.southernhighlandguild.org
The Replay Hot Dog Bar & Arcade is a modern arcade in downtown Banner Elk. Opening in May 2017, this arcade is a perfect place to host a party, have a corporate event, and even just hang out. There is a wide variety of games with many new and maybe even an old school one from back in the day. There is a hot dog bar with a menu of all different varieties and famous pizza from Sorrento’s. We strive to create the perfect atmosphere for your night out.