Beech Mountain is a town in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains, located at an elevation of 1,678 m (5,506 ft). It is considered to be Eastern America’s Highest Town and is open for tourists all throughout the year. From cool summer, breezy spring to snowy winter, there are all season trails, biking retreats, and panoramic views for you to enjoy amidst plenty of other activities for all age groups.
Here’s a list of the best 7 things you must do when visiting here:
1. The Buckeye Recreational Center
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The Buckeye Recreation Center has a fabulous indoor facility dedicated to expanding the recreational needs of residents and visitors alike: full-size gymnasium, indoor tennis, meeting areas, fitness area with state-of-the-art equipment, kid’s playroom, living room area, and an indoor walking track. The Buckeye Lake Park also offers outdoor recreation: tennis, walking track, ball fields, hiking trails, picnic shelters, fishing, boating, a campfire area, and picnic spots.
Beech Mountain Parks & Recreation operates several parks and over 20 miles (32 kms) of hiking and biking trails on Beech Mountain, including the Beech Mountain Bark Park.
The Buckeye Recreational Center
Address: 1330 Pine Ridge Rd, Beech Mountain, NC 28604-8894
Website: The Buckeye Recreational Center
2. Hiking and Biking at Emerald Outback
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The Emerald Outback at Beech Mountain is a year-round destination for hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers. The Emerald Outback has nearly 7 miles (11.3 km) of gorgeous and challenging trails. It is free to access and open all days throughout the year. The emerald green forest filled with gnarly Beech trees, lush undergrowth, and small streams is the reason why this is a popular spot among nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.
From June through September, lift access to the Emerald Outback is available Friday through Sunday (for a fee) via the chairlift at Beech Mountain Resort. The resort’s lift includes trays to carry mountain bikes to the summit, with riders following closely behind in a traditional lift chair. Hikers can ride the lift as well.
Hiking and Biking at Emerald Outback
Address: 328 N Pinnacle Ridge Rd, Beech Mountain, NC 28604, USA
Website: Hiking and Biking at Emerald Outback
3. Skiing at Beech Mountain Resort
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In western North Carolina, this resort is situated atop the Beech Mountain which boasts a base elevation of 5,505 feet (1,678 m) above sea level, making it the highest ski resort in eastern North America. While during summer, this is an ideal destination for mountain biking, disc golf, scenic lift rides, and outdoor yoga, during winters you can indulge on any of its 15 slopes with skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating and more! Apart from the activities, you can unwind at the brewery, terrain park, Village Bakery, Sky Bar or any of the multi-cuisine restaurants.
Skiing at Beech Mountain Resort
Address: 1007 Beech Mountain Pkwy, Beech Mountain, NC 28604, USA
Website: Skiing at Beech Mountain Resort
4. Grandfather Mountain
Standing tall at 5,946 feet (1,812 m) Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak on the eastern escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains, one of the major chains of the Appalachian Mountains. Apart from the mountaintop, there are a couple of landmarks around here, including the Grandmother Gap, Mile High Swinging Bridge, the Linville River, flowing east, and the Watauga River, flowing west. The 11 trails on the mountain vary in difficulty, from strolling into the woods to some of the most rugged and intense hiking found in the Eastern US. One of North America’s largest Highland Games that feature traditional Scottish lineage, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games are held here each year, drawing in visitors from all over the world.
Address: Avery / Caldwell / Watauga counties, North Carolina, USA
Website: Grandfather Mountain
5. Land of Oz
There was a time when the Land of Oz was a lively place. It didn’t need roller-coasters as it was an anti-theme park, created to offer a unique emotional experience amongst its visitors. There were live performances set amidst an environment which felt like being on sets of the original MGM movie. It was fully operational from the day of its launch in 1970, until the 1980s. Due to unfavorable circumstances, the park had to be closed.
In the 1990s, the park was reopened to the public for limited days each month and it has slowly made its way back into the hearts of people. You must plan a visit on Fridays in June for “Dorothy Tours” and in September for “Autumn at Oz” - the largest festival in the area.
Land of Oz
Address: Yellow Brick Rd, Beech Mountain, NC 28604, USA
Website: Land of Oz
6. Tweetsie Railroad
Tweetsie Railroad is a family oriented Wild West theme park located between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina, United States. The centerpiece of the park is a 3-mile (4.8 km) ride on a train pulled by one of Tweetsie Railroad’s historic narrow-gauge steam locomotives. The park also features a variety of amusement rides, live shows, a zoo and other attractions geared towards families with children. The park also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year.
Address: 300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, USA
Website: Tweetsie Railroad
7. Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zip Line
Hawksnest is the East Coast’s largest snow tubing park. This is definitely the best possible way in Beech Mountain to spend some time with family and friends during the lazy winters. It has 4 different areas with over 30 professionally lit lanes of different types of terrains for snow tubing ranging from 400-1,000 feet (122 m - 305 m) long with two moving carpet lifts to bring you back to the top.
There are also two zip line tours available at the property offering spectacular views of the valleys, forest creeks, wild animals and of-course the park. The Hawk tour consists of 11 cables and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) and the Eagle tour consists of 9 cables and 3 miles (4.8 km) of zip-lines.
Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zip Line
Address: 2058 Skyland Dr, Seven Devils, NC 28604, USA
Website: Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zip Line
Stay, play, hike, bike, slide & enjoy!
The beauty of Beech Mountain town is that there’s something for everybody. There are so many things to do, yet if you want a meditative retreat, the serenity this place offers just calms your senses. What are you waiting for?
Time to plan for your next vacay! Happy Traveling.
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