Best Things to do in Banner Elk when your are not visiting our tasting room - Part 1

After you are done with booking your stay at Banner Elk Winery, Villa and Blueberry Farm it’s time to plan your other activities you will enjoy during your stay with us. If you like spending time in nature you will fall in love with the wonderful scenery while paddling and hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Exploring the wilderness by river is an experience unlike any other. Discover hidden waterfalls and scenic wonders that are accessible only by river. If you are passionate about caving adventures the mountains around the area provide places to crawling through small openings, walking through underground rivers and climbing over boulders.

Here are some year-round outdoor activities that abound in the High Country, from hiking, to white water rafting, they will help you create a trip to remember no matter your age!

High Mountain Expeditions
High Mountain Expeditions

We are located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with two locations to serve you in Boone and Banner Elk, North Carolina. High Mountain Expeditions offers outdoor activities, such as whitewater rafting, caving, and hiking for every member of your group or family. The team at High Mountain Expeditions invites you to join us in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains on one of our many outdoor adventures.
To find out more visit: High Mountain Expeditions.

Edge of the World
Edge of the World

Ready for a whitewater adventure the whole family can enjoy? Join Edge of the World on a rafting adventure down the scenic Watauga River.

With more than 35 years of experience, a professional whitewater guide,photo’s of your trip, and a home cooked lunch from April’s kitchen, this is an adventure to put on your vacation list!
To find out more visit: Edge of the World.

Linville Caverns, Inc.
Linville Caverns, Inc.

Explore the splendor and wonders nature created "inside a mountain". Located at the southern gateway to western NC's High Country region, Linville Caverns is an ideal destination for visitors of all ages.
Experience total darkness and the beauty deep inside Humpback Mountain. See stalactite, stalagmite, column, drapery & straw formations, & an underground stream with blind trout, and "total darkness" are just part of our guided tour experience!

December-February, 9am-4:30pm Sat. and Sun.
March-November, 9am-5pm Daily

To find out more visit: Linville Caverns, Inc.

Dutch Creek Trails
Dutch Creek Trails

Enjoy wooded trails, old farm fields, valley views and southern hospitality. The Dutch Creek Trails are located in Vilas minutes away from Boone, North Carolina.

Whether you are an experienced cowboy or a little "green", our skilled staff and gentle horses make for a pleasant visit.
To find out more visit: Dutch Creek Trails

Grandfather Trout Farm, and Gem Mine
Grandfather Trout Farm, Gem Mine

Trout fishing, you only pay for what you catch, and there's no license needed. Our trout pond is stocked to the brim, so you’re sure to catch one. Clean them yourself, or we can do it for you. We supply rod and reels, bait and towels, ice and bags, all at no extra charge. Also try your luck at the gem mine. You can use our flume with wooden screens to find your precious gems. It's fascinating and fun. To find out more visit:
Grandfather Trout Farm, Gem Mine

Rock Dimensions, Inc.
Rock Dimensions, Inc.

Whether you are a complete novice looking to build on your previous climbing skills or a seasoned expert, Rock Dimensions Inc. looks forward to helping guide you to that new dimension. Outfitters for guided rock climbing and rappelling trips in the North Carolina Mountains. Outdoor climbing wall / tower in downtown Boone, NC; caving / spelunking tours in Virginia and Tennessee. Summer Climbing Camps available for teens and kids. Fun adventures for families, friends, groups of all ages; also specialized guiding and instruction. The Discovery Course is a playground,/obstacle course,/adrenaline rush all wrapped into one structure that allows individuals to choose which activities and paths to take as they make their way up to the third level platform with the dual Zipline exit.
To find out more visit: Rock Dimensions, Inc.

Grandfather Mountain
Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain offers guests a wonder-filled haven for rejuvenation, excitement and family memories. Grandfather welcomes you with panoramic views from the Mile High Swinging Bridge. Bears, cougars, otters, golden eagles and deer are all in a natural habitat. Stroll through the natural history museum, hiking trails, or take home treasures from the gift shop, sweeten the day with a treat from the fudge shop or restaurant.

A true landmark of a pioneering spirit, the Mile High Swinging Bridge welcomes all visitors to admire 360-degree panoramic views from Grandfather Mountain. The bridge has been in place since 1952 - and for just as long it’s excited the thousands who’ve walked across with the thrills of mile-high elevation. Whether you cross it to challenge yourself, for the scenery, or to admire this engineering masterpiece, the experience will make your trip to Grandfather complete.
To find out more visit: Grandfather Mountain

As you can see, all you need is the desire to enjoy yourself and the rest is provided by the awe-inspiring majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and the Banner Elk Winery, Villa, and Blueberry Farm. Looking forward to having you here!


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