(as of Feb 2022)

Location & Contact Info

3265 Tynecastle Highway
Banner Elk, NC 28604

A registered check-in time is required for all guests. Please go [here] to register. Tickets are purchased when you arrive at your registered time. Check email or Instagram prior to your visit for any closure or other important updates. Walk-ins are welcomed but they cannot guarantee if they can fit you in.

Photo courtesy of Wilderness Run Alpine Coaster

The Wilderness Run Alpine Coaster is the first alpine coaster in the North Carolina Mountains. The coaster opened in Banner Elk in 2020.

This exciting attraction is open year-round and includes a clubhouse, observation deck, gift shop and coffee shop.

The 2,390 feet of tract descends through the forests via banked turns. Each cart offers individual braking that is controlled by the rider. This allows the rider to control their speed.

The carts are built for two people, but you can ride solo with certain age and size limits. The coaster operates in sun, rain… and snow!

The Alpine Coaster attraction gift shop offers souvenirs, local items, and sweets from their pie shop.

Alpine Coaster Highlights as of (Feb 2022)


  • Monday- 10 am – 6 pm
  • Tuesday- 10 am – 6 pm
  • Wednesday- 10 am – 6 pm
  • Thursday- 10 am -6 pm
  • Friday- 10 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday- 10 am -7 pm
  • Sunday- 10 am – 6 pm

Height Requirement

  • The height requirement to ride alone is 54 inches and 9 years old. If riding along, the height requirement is 38 inches while the person controlling the sled has to be 54 inches tall and not younger than 16 years. The maximum height to ride is 84 inches (7 feet).

Weight Limit

  • The maximum weight allowed on our sleds is 375 pounds. Due to the design and speed of our coaster Adults are not allowed to ride together. One adult and child 14 years or younger my ride together if combined weight does not exceed 375.

Time Length of Ride

  • From start to finish, our coaster takes 5-7 minutes to complete one run. For a Bundle, you are looking at 15-17 minutes.

Age Requirement

  • Minimum age to ride is 3 years old and must met height requirement. To ride solo, rider must be 54″ and 9 years old or older.

Coaster Speed

  • The coaster can reach speeds of 27 mph. Riders are in full control of the sled and can go as fast or slow as they wish.