Beech Mountain, a ski paradise in the winter, is a hiking, golfing and mountain biking paradise in summer and early fall. No need to go driving around looking for hard-to-find trails; you can simply walk from your inn, condo or house rental. If you are not a outdoors adventurer, Beech Mountain is also a quaint, small village perfect for a quiet romantic getaway at the coolest town in North Carolina, literally. Since it is eastern America's highest town (elevation 5,506 feet), temperatures seldom exceed 75 degrees! That's a nice treat in the middle of a hot summer in the lowlands. In addition to shopping and dining, there is plenty of see and do near Beech Mountain, including nearby Banner Elk and Grandfather Mountain.
Hike & Wine Package
April 1-November 11, 2018 (excludes July 4th week): Includes two nights accommodations for two (any time of week), town of Beech Mountain hiking map (10 trails, 20 miles), Emerald Outback trail map (7 miles), wine tasting for two at Banner Elk Winery, and two guest passes to Buckeye Rec Center. $199/couple for two nights. Click here to visit their Web site
Bike & Brew Package
June 1-September 2, 2018: Get two nights lodging for two (Wed-Sun nights), map of downhill trails, tasting at Beech Mountain Brewing and guest passes at Buckeye Rec Center. $199/couple for two nights. Click here to visit their Web site
Golf Package: Summer of 79°
May 14-October 21, 2018: Beech Mountain not only promises comfortable playing temperatures, it guarantees them. If the temperature exceeds 79 degrees any day that a stay-and-play golfer tees it up at Beech Mountain Club, the club gives you a certificate for a free round of golf. The picturesque course at Beech Mountain Club is perched on a number of north-facing ridges with superb views into Tennessee and Virginia. Noted architect Willard Byrd took advantage of high mountain terrain to craft a playable, yet challenging, 18-hole layout. The par-3s are especially dramatic, with three of them routed downhill over ponds. $79/person includes lodging. Click here to visit their Web site.
Beech Mountain Hiking
Their 20 miles of designated year-round hiking trails are perfect for all skill levels - from strenuous climbs to easy strolls. If you stay the night in Beech Mountain, you can often hike directly from your inn, cabin rental or condo! Wooded trails take you through old growth forest, where waterfalls abound, over an old logging road, and beside a railroad grade that once carried the logs harvested on the ski slopes. They even have a 1/4 mile paved handicap accessible trail around Lake Coffey. Pick up a trail map and get info at the Beech Mountain Visitor Center, GPS address is 403 Beech Mountain Pkwy, Beech Mtn.
Sampling of Hikes
All of the designated trails are marked. Maps displayed at each trailhead are easy to follow and include trail descriptions and helpful information. Here are just a few of our favorites:
- The Emerald Outback: Nearly 7 miles of gorgeous, flowing trails, situated between 4,700 and 5,500 feet in elevation. Great for hiking and biking! The Emerald Outback offers a wealth of unique terrain and vegetation, as well as overlooks with stunning vistas of the Elk River Valley.
- Buckeye Gap Loop Trail: This 5.1-mile loop is a vigorous hike that takes you over a variety of terrain including grassy paths and old logging roads. This will test your hiking stamina and give you a great hike.
- Falls Trail: A moderate 1.5 mile loop, with a 450 feet elevation change, starts with rock steps downward, then meandering back and forth toward Buckeye Creek and the Falls.
Beech Ski Resort
During the summer months, the popular ski slopes are transformed for many things to do:
- Chairlift: Good news is that new top-of-the line chair lifts are being installed this summer. Bad news is they will not be ready to ride until ski season. So there are no scenic rides in summer 2018. They will have a shuttle service for bikers, hikers and sightseers to the top of the mountain on summer weekends (then you hike/bike down). You can also ride down via the shuttle.
- Mountain Bike Shuttles: Beech Mountain Bike Park opens June 2nd for the summer, Thursday-Sunday. Shuttles to the top $10/single ride, $35/all day unlimited.
- Land of Oz Tours: Take a tour with Dorothy down the Yellow Brick Road in the former theme park atop Beech Mountain, each Friday in June. Read more about Land of Oz. (SOLD OUT)
- Summer Disc Golf: This 18-hole disc golf course hosts multiple tee locations accommodating all skill levels. Expect unique tee locations. Walk the course for free, or use the shuttle to better access some of the upper holes.
- Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Taproom and Grill is open Memorial Day Weekend through October, Thursday-Sunday.
- 5,506’ SkyBar: At the top of the ski slopes is 5,506’ – a bar hosting panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in a cozy, glass roundhouse. Unwind with food, drinks, snacks and the best view in the high country. Weekend shuttles ($1/person) take you to the top and back. Open Friday-Sunday 10-6, starting June 2nd.
- For more details, go to the Beech Mtn site.
Mountain Biking & Rentals
Follow the route of Lance Armstrong and the Tour Du Pont or enjoy 50 miles of great riding for all skill levels on the town's road bike routes. The Emerald Outback is a series of trails maintained by the Town of Beech Mountain. All trails have been designed by hikers, bikers, and trail runners to better meet the needs of such outdoor enthusiasts. Ride a rolling and long descent from altitudes of 5,400 ft. down to the bottom of falls trail loop at 3,200 ft, potentially 2,200 ft. of elevation change that meanders to high mountain balds, scenic overlooks and untouched forest land. There is also a full-service bike shop, complete with bike rentals at Ski Beech Sports, across from the Beech Tree Bar and Grille (open through Labor Day). The Emerald Outback 7-mile trail is the top spot here for mountain bikers with single track, double track, technical downhill runs, free ride areas, fire roads, and gravel roads. Take into account an average high temperature of 72 degrees in July and August, and you have a perfect summer training ground! A variety of road biking awaits with the town's 51 miles of paved bike routes. All routes begin at the visitors center, adjacent to the town hall. For more biking info and maps, visit the Beech Mountain Web site.
Beech Mountain Adventure Tours give 75-minute excursions that begin in town, venture out into the backcountry, then ascend to the summit of the 5,506-foot mountain in deluxe, four-seat ATVs.
Beech Mountain Summer Events
June Family Fun Month
30 straight days of organized family activities paired with great lodging specials for families. Activities include guided hikes, movies under the stars, tours of the old Land of Oz, mountain biking, mountain biking lessons, pickleball, scenic chairlift rides, ATV adventure tours, discount tickets to area attractions and a whole lot more. Visit the Beech Mountain Web site.
Mile High 4th of July Weekend
Neighboring towns of Banner Elk and Beech Mountain join for a variety of events all weekend: Art on the Greene, summer theatre, roasting of the pig, fireworks, outdoor concerts, Fourth Parade & Party in the Park. Go to their Web site.
September 1-2, 2018: Mile High Kite Festival
The fun Kite Festival takes place on Sunday, from 10 AM to 4 PM in the town meadow, located above 5,000 feet in elevation. Ample room is available for everyone to fly, plus there's a reserved field for demonstrations from kite clubs. Prizes will be given for biggest kite, smallest kite and best decorated kite. Also see a variety of craft and food vendors. An all-ages street dances takes place Saturday night in the parking lot of Town Hall.
Autumn at Oz
See the Land of Oz, only open one weekend a year in September. Read more about Autumn at Oz!
Winter brings plenty of snow, turning Beech Mountain into a wonderland for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowshoeing and sledding. See our Beech Mountain Winter Guide.