Lees-McRae College, located in the village of Banner Elk, North Carolina, has the highest elevation of any college campus east of the Mississippi. Situated 4,000 feet above sea level in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, the College has an invigorating and healthful climate.
Lees-McRae is best reached from Boone, North Carolina, by highways N.C. 105 to route 184 which leads to Banner Elk, a distance of 17 miles. The College is reached from Johnson City, Tennessee, 65 miles to the west, by highways U.S. 19E to Elk Park and route 194 to Banner Elk.
Banner Elk is the home of the world famous Woolly Worm Festival. The Blue Ridge Parkway is near the College, as are Blowing Rock, Linville Falls and Caverns, Roan Mountain, which is known for its Rhododendron Festival, and Wiseman's View, from which may be seen the famed Brown Mountain Lights. The Appalachian Trail passes a few miles from Banner Elk.