Area Information


Blue Ridge Parkway

Just a couple of miles away from Eagles Nest, the Blue Ridge Parkway has some of most scenic views in the area, and is one of the best places to drive, road bike, or picnic in the Eastern United States.


With over a dozen mountain courses in the area, enjoy the cool summer air while playing 18 world-class holes on both public and private courses.

Skiing and Snow Boarding

some of the best in NC, including Ski Beech, Sugar Mountain, and Appalachian Ski Mountain, are all only minutes away.

Banner Elk Winery

Award-winning wines and taste a bit of luxury – the perfect place to relax, re-inspire, and rejuvenate.

Watauga River

With headwaters on Grandfather Mountain, the Watauga offers world-class fly fishing and recreation. Just minutes away.


There are hundreds of miles of trails in the region, with a varying range of difficulty and terrain, including the famous Appalachian Trail.

Grandfather Mountain

One of the region’s biggest attractions, it is the highest peak in the area and features a wildlife habitat, campgrounds and a mile-high swinging bridge.

Whitewater Rafting and Canoeing

There are numerous professional outfitters that offer guided excursions along some of the country’s best rivers and rapids.

Horseback Riding

keep or rent a horse at the Eagles Nest Equestrian Center and enjoy hundreds of miles of trails both on the property and in the surrounding valleys.


from mountain BBQ and local fried trout to elegant fine dining, there are dozens of charming restaurants and cafes in Banner Elk, Boone, and Blowing Rock.

Zip Lining

a fun, exhilarating way to experience nature and the majestic beauty of Western North Carolina. Numerous opportunities nearby.

Area Festivals

a great way to spend a day outside with good food, entertaining music, and local culture.