Lees McRae College – Banner Elk, NC

Photogenic stone architecture in a peaceful little mountain town.

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How would you like to attend college in a quaint little town in the Blue Ridge Mountains whose buildings are beautiful old stone architecture, on a rolling hillside at 4000 foot elevation, just a skip and a jump from the Appalachian Trail, close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and as a bonus, just a few miles from a couple of popular ski areas? And lest I forget, it’s the home of the Wooly Worm Festival….!

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Lees McRae College is one of the prettiest campuses we have ever seen. We just kept finding beautiful buildings to photograph. We were there during summer break so there were not many students around, but our imaginations were full of scenes of students sitting, studying, or just hanging out at cool scenic points around campus.

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Banner Elk, NC, the home to the Lees McRae College, is a pleasant little mountain town near Boone. High elevation means pleasant weather with snow in the winter and mild temperatures during the summer. There are several very nice restaurants in the area that help to attract tourists. Fishing, hiking and all kinds of outdoor activities are abundant.

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The Beech Ski resort attracts hundreds on a typical winter day. Sugar Mountain also occupies the mountain on the opposite side of Banner Elk and attracts it’s own crowds. This is a very beautiful area in the summer as well as winter. On a snowy winter day it becomes a winter wonderland. We had visited here on vacation while we were still working.

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