Spring in the Blue Ridge

Spring Sugar Mountain Blue Ridge

April & May 2021
Spring is a beautiful season in Sugar Mountain as the mountain blooms appear and the trees become bright green. It’s the quietest season of the year, so it’s perfect for a relaxing getaway in one of the vacation homes or condos. Since our village is surrounded by Pisgah National Forest, watch the wildflower show or find a waterfall brimming with waters from melting snow.

Below, find our Top 20 Things to Do within a 20-mile radius of Sugar Mountain during the spring months:

Golf: Reopens in mid April! Join the excitement as our 18-hole public golf club reopens – voted #2 for short courses in the USA.  The par-64 layout maximizes every view. Green fees start at just $15. Read more.

Tennis: Opens for the season in early May! Located adjacent to our Golf Shop are our six tennis courts meticulously maintained of fast-dry, Har-tru clay. No membership required! Reserve a court for as low as $5/person. Read more.

Alpine Coaster: Take an exhilarating ride down the first coaster in the North Carolina mountains. No experience necessary. Read more.

Wineries & Breweries: Sample wines at three wineries near Sugar Mountain in beautiful mountain settings with plenty of outdoor space and live music: Banner Elk Winery, Grandfather Vineyard and Linville Falls Winery. For local beer, head to Kettell Beerworks in Banner Elk with a dozen brews on tap. See our Winery Guide.

Art Galleries: Stroll through some outstanding galleries and studios in our area – including Banner Elk, Foscoe and Valle Crucis.

Shopping: Browse local shops, antique stores, and find great deals on end of season winter gear!

Picnics: Pick up picnic goodies at one of our many restaurants or a grocery store, then head to the Blue Ridge Parkway or Tate Park in Banner Elk.

Restaurants: Find dozens of delicious local dining options – including Italian, Mexican, Asian, bar & grills, barbecue, steaks, seafood and farm-to-table. Most have outdoor dining and take-out. See our restaurant guide.

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Hikes & Waterfalls: See our top hikes for mountain views and waterfalls. – for all skill and fitness levels in the surrounding Pisgah National Forest and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Grandfather Mountain: Our famous next door neighbor is the ultimate place to hike, see wildlife and walk across the Mile High Bridge. Read more.

Whitewater Rafting: At the base of Sugar Mountain, find High Mountain Expeditions for rafting and kayaking trips on the Nolichucky River, Watauga River and Wilson Creek. Or go tubing on the New River. Read more.

Ziplines: Ride 20 ziplines at Hawksnest at speeds up to 50 MPH. They are just 8 miles from the Sugar Mountain main entrance. Read more.

UTV Tours: With High Country UTV Tours, drive a Utility Terrain Vehicle or electric Outrider 3-wheel scooter during a guided tour of a scenic mountain.

Rock Climbing: Learn from the pros from Edge of the World with climbing and rappelling in Little Lost Cove Cliffs in the Wilson Creek Wilderness Area.

Scenic Drives: Cruise the famous Blue Ridge Parkway or lesser traveled country roads for plenty of mountain scenery from your car. Stop along the way at overlooks and attractions. The drive to Valle Crucis takes you to the famous Mast General Store. See our Blue Ridge Parkway Trip Guide.

Farm Tour: At Apple Hill Farm, take a guided walking tour to see a variety of farm animals and take home some Alpaca yarn, socks and more.

Gem Mining: At Sugar Creek Mining Company at the main entrance to Sugar Mountain, grab a bucket and head to the flume line. Their staff helps you sort your gemstones, identify them and even create a piece of jewelry.