The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains draw visitors throughout the year. Milder temperatures allow for enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking, golfing, fishing, biking and more during the spring, summer and fall months. The cold temperatures in the winter allow for great opportunities for skiing, ice skating, and tubing. Other attractions include enjoying the view of Sugar Mountain on a lift ride, gem mining in Banner Elk, experiencing the wonder of the Linville Caverns and walking across the “Mile High Swinging Bridge” on Grandfather Mountain. Another popular attraction in the area is the Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock featuring themed train rides, amusement rides, live entertainment and more. Sugar Mountain and the surrounding areas offer a wide variety of things to do for the entire family no matter what season you plan your visit.
Things to Do in the Spring
Spring is a great time to take advantage of the mild temperatures and go hiking, biking and running. Not only is it a great way to stay in shape but when you stop to rest you can admire the beautiful wildflowers, the budding on the trees, flowing streams and mesmerizing waterfalls. Another way to enjoy the beauty of the North Carolina mountains in spring is on a horseback riding tour. Seeing the mountains come back to life and enjoying an average high of 59° is a great way to spend your spring vacation.
Things to Do in the Summer
Outdoor activities such as swimming, whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and ziplining are very popular in the summer. Wildcat Lake in Banner Elk offers a white sand beach, swimming pier, fishing dock and lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. When you make a reservation with Edge of the World for whitewater rafting, rock climbing, rappelling, and/or kayaking you also get entertained during your bus ride and a home-cooked lunch. The thrill of ziplining can be found at Hawksnest Zipline offering spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Experience a working family farm by touring Apple Hill Farm. Go on a wine tasting and/or beer sampling tour of the local wineries and breweries. Summer is a great time to visit the mountains of North Carolina.
Things to Do in the Fall
The mountains are alive with color in the fall with the changing of the leaves. Many visitors like to enjoy the fall foliage with a scenic drive on The Blue Ridge Parkway. Another way to experience this beauty is walking across the Mile High Swinging Bridge on Grandfather Mountain. Visitors get to experience a 360° panoramic view of the mountains in all its splendor. Unique festivals and events such as the Woolly Worm Festival and Autumn at Oz are also held in the fall. Plan your vacation to Sugar Mountain when you can also experience the beauty of the vibrant colors of the changing leaves.
Things to Do in the Winter
The mountains of North Carolina are a popular vacation destination for winter sports. Skiers and snow boarders can hit the slopes at Sugar Mountain Resort, conveniently located within minutes of The Highlands at Sugar, and choose from 21 trails ranging in difficulty from easy to most difficult. For your convenience both adult and children’s ski and snowboard lessons are also available. Leave your equipment at home and let the staff at the rental shop fit you with the right equipment to suit your needs. Other winter activities that are offered include snowshoe tours, ice skating and tubing. Snowshoe tours run on a limited schedule and last for one hour. A 10,000 sq. ft. ice rink is available for ice skating, skates can be rented at the pro shop and two hour tubing sessions are available both day and night. Make Sugar Mountain your winter vacation destination.