How Do I Get to Sugar Mountain?

Western North Carolina has some of the most stunning views in the entire country.

Breathtaking vistas rest at the top of every mountain pass. You can unearth some lovely secrets, such as the best place to ski in North Carolina and the most romantic escape this side of the Mississippi. There are about 100 different North Carolina mountain towns and villages snug up in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Sugar Mountain is one such little town, nestled in the magical mountains of Western North Carolina. What can you expect to see and do? We offer a comprehensive guide on how to get here- and what you will find.

How do I get to Sugar Mountain?

Blue Ridge Mountain Town

Nearby Boone, NC, is a tried-and-true Blue Ridge Mountain town with a population just under 20,000. Comparatively, nearby Asheville has under 100,000. Sugar Mountain and the slightly larger Banner Elk area is much smaller with around 1,400.

Our mountain community is small and retains those village charms that make it an ideal vacation destination for summer or winter getaways filled with outdoor activities and peaceful evenings.

How Far is it to Drive?

Boone, North Carolina is one of the closest towns to drive from. With a 28 min. drive through the mountains, this is an easy weekend destination for families.

If you fly into or live in Charlotte, NC, you only have a few hours’ drive to get to our nestled-away Sugar Mountain vacation rentals. 117-mile trip will take around 2 hours and 20 minutes up US-321 North.

Travelers coming from Asheville, NC, have a slightly shorter journey with only 1 hour and 34 minutes to drive. Head northeast up US-221 N for idyllic mountain scenery the whole way.

Sugar Mountain is an idyllic ski vacation destination, and one that holds many treasures. You have a nice ride into the town, whether you come in from Asheville or Charlotte.

grandfather mountain hiking trails

What Can I Do?

Grandfather Mountain is one of the top attractions in the area. The famous suspended bridge draws crowds spring – fall and challenges visitors to overcome their fear of heights with the reward of incredible mountain views.

Nearby Boone has this dazzling and authentic old-town ambiance. You can admire the classic architecture in the area’s main downtown. Guests can stay closer to their rental cabins and head 9 minutes down the road to Banner Elk, home to the Tweetsie Railroad, the Carlton Art Gallery, and Apple Hill Farm.

Moses Cone Manor, flat rock, nc

For a day trip, you can visit the kids play house, Mystery Hill, over in Blowing Rock. While visiting, you can take a tour of the grand and majestic Cone Manor. There is no charge to see the many floors and inspiring design of the 13,000 square foot mansion. You can also freely explore its nearly 2,300 acres of mountain landscapes and pathways. Don’t miss out on any of the fun things to do in Banner Elk.

All season long, there are riveting local events and festivals. Some of them are the biggest in the state, including Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest and the cheery Woolly Worm Festival.

Where Should I Stay?

Our Sugar Mountain ski resort is here for you. We have many different rentals for you to really embrace the magic of staying in the North Carolina mountains.

Check out our Sugar Mountain cabin rentals for the real mountain cabin experience without losing any of the luxuries you expect. Get a window into a world of snowtop mountains, heartwarming villages, and crisp mountain air. This is Sugar Mountain, one of the premiere vacation destinations in North Carolina.

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