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
Tube down 700-foot tubing lanes and return to the top via the Magic Carpet Lift! No experience needed and fun for all ages. Tube rental included. The Tubing Park is located across the street from the Ski Lodge – on the golf course. The park offers lights for night tubing, regularly groomed lanes and snowmaking. Sessions are just under two hours long and open everyday, weather permitting. Read more!
Sugar Mountain Resort’s 10,000 square foot refrigerated outdoor ice skating rink is the perfect place to experience the beauty of the mountains on skates! You can rent skates at the Dave Nixon Pro Shop (located beside the rink) and warm up inside with a sip of hot cocoa or enjoy a hearty meal. Read more!
Explore Sugar Mountain’s winter wonderland with a Snowshoe Guided Tour. Tours range from a casual walk to an intense workout. Experienced guides will accommodate your needs. Each tour is one hour long and includes a snowshoe rental. Groups welcome. Read more!
In the Area
This modern arcade in downtown Banner Elk is fun for the entire family. Play 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 next door. 140 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk, NC.
CLOSED FOR 2020 SEASON… 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.
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. For more info, go to their website.
394 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk
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! For more info, go to their website.