Welcome to Avery County, North Carolina, located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where beauty, fun and adventure abound for the entire family. This unique region has four distinct seasons and is home to the South’s highest summits: Sugar Mountain Resort, Beech Mountain Resort and Appalachian Ski Mountain. Avery is also home to the world-famous Woolly Worm Festival, one of the top 10 fall festivals. Activities flourish year round including hiking, biking, rafting, tubing, horseback riding, antiquing, fine art festivals, art galleries, gem mining and more.
Explore the Linville Gorge. Drive the magnificent Blue Ridge Parkway, America’s favorite scenic drive, and visit the world-famous Grandfather Mountain, where you are able to experience the Mile High Swinging Bridge. On a clear day you can see all the way to Charlotte! Avery County is North Carolina’s 100th county, the last to be ratified in the state.
Explore the Civil War Trail, swim, fish and canoe in Wildcat Lake or take a thrilling ride on a zipline. See the majestic mountains from the comfort of a trolley tour while visiting our award-winning wineries, breweries, and selected art galleries, or play an exciting day of golf on our many championship golf courses. Avery County is sure to offer an exceptional experience for everyone.
Come sample the area’s favorite foods at the Taste of Avery. Most of our restaurants and eateries are privately owned and can create a wonderful culinary experience for your night out or just the right venue for that special family celebration or perfect wedding.
The Avery County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center is located at the Shoppes at Tynecastle and is open 5 days a week staffed with knowledgeable and friendly employees available to answer your questions.
Please come by or contact our visitor center for more information!
4501 Tynecastle Highway, Unit 2
Intersection of NC 105 & NC 184
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Click here for directions to the visitor center.