Outside the gates of Elk River, residents enjoy summer concerts in nearby parks, leisurely drives along The Blue Ridge Parkway, theater at neighboring Lees-McRae College, cultural events at Appalachian State University, skiing Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain, hiking along Grandfather Mountain, trips with grandchildren to Tweetsie Railroad and more. Please visit our interactive region map for more details.
Two exceedingly popular regional events are October's annual Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk and the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, held in July.
Visit the Banner Elk Chamber's website and Calendar of Events for more information on local evetns.
Visit two of our favorite local Webcams for current views from Elk River. One is a view of Beech Mountain and the other shows the runway of our private airport.
The members of Elk River Club are driven to help the community around them and have created a foundation to support surrounding Avery County, The High Country Charitable Foundation. This year the foundation raised in excess of $200,000 and provided funding to 20 local charities, including Childrens Hope Alliance/Grandfather Home for Children, the Avery County Special Olympics, Avery County Humane Society, Avery High Key Club and Volunteer Avery County. Read more about the work of the High Country Charitable Foundation from North Carolina's High Country Magazine.
Click to learn more about the High Country Foundation and how money is distributed, or click to view grant applications for 2017.
Elk River Club is a private, member owned 501(c)(7) club and membership is by invitation only..