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The North Carolina Mountains Travel Guide

Banner Elk

Banner Elk is a ski-resort town, which bills itself as the "highest town in the East," surrounded by the lofty peaks of Grandfather, Hanging Rock, Beech, and Sugar mountains. The massively ugly condo tower you'll see on top of Little Sugar Mountain (not a part of the Sugar Mountain ski resort) is the only scar on the scenic beauty of the area. At least something good came

of the monstrosity—it so outraged local residents that it prompted the passing of a ridge line law preventing such mountaintop development.

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