A visit to the Town of Beech Mountain offers outdoor recreation and mile-high relaxation.
As you may know, mountain biking, hiking, and trail running are prevalent in the Emerald Outback. But you may not know that Beech Mountain has over 20 more miles of maintained trails throughout the Town traversing the varying terrain. The Parks & Recreation Department offers guided hikes twice a month to encourage guests and residents to familiarize themselves with the trails.
Families and seniors also covet summer vacations on Beech – hiking to waterfalls, enjoying 100-mile mountain vistas, visiting the animal habitat at nearby Grandfather Mountain and taking in a round of mini-golf in mild temperatures that average in the mid 70s.
The Buckeye Recreation Area also features an official NC Birding Trail, home to nearly 130 species throughout the four seasons.
If golf or tennis is your game, the manicured fairways and clay courts of Beech Mountain Club are surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in Western North Carolina. Golfers can see four states from this ridge-top layout. The club provides the exclusive amenities of a private resort, yet is accessible to most visitors via on-mountain lodging.
Fly anglers enjoy finding hidden trout streams across the mountain, while recreational fishing is available at Buckeye Lake and Coffey Lake, both of which are stocked annually. Coffey Lake also has a paved 1/8-mile trail around the lake that's ideal for walking and jogging.
In winter, Beech's high elevation creates a snowy wonderland for Beech Mountain Resort, the premier ski and snowboard destination in North Carolina. Meanwhile, the Town of Beech Mountain operates a free youth sledding hill complete with its own snow gun.
An emerging activity is snowshoeing on the town's Emerald Outback trails at the top of the mountain. The Beech Mountain Parks & Rec Department has snowshoes available for rental.
Families enjoy winter vacations on and off the slopes. They stroll along the greenway, stop by the gazebo in the park, and visit shops throughout the town. There's also an annual snowman building contest.