Hiking

Beech Mountain has 30-plus miles of hiking trails highlighting the mountain’s true beauty, taking you through forests, over logging roads, and along a railroad grade that once carried wood harvested on Beech Mountain.

Beech has hiking for all ages. Take an easy stroll through in-town woods with the family, or test yourself on longer trails that leads to waterfalls and scenic vistas. if you really want a challenge, take a multi-mile hike through 1,000 feet of elevation change. You’ll see wildlife, waterfalls, picturesque lakes, and panoramas showcasing the breathtaking beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina.

Beech also offers guided hikes throughout the year, including twice monthly in summer. These hikes rotate among the town's 10 marked trails, ranging in difficulty from easy to strenuous. There’s also a paved, handicap-accessible trail around Lake Coffey and a fishing pier dedicated to the late Mr. Beech, Charles Burleson.

The biggest hiking news in recent years has been the addition of the Emerald Outback at Beech Mountain. This trail system is located near the very top of the mountain and features more than eight miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and trail running. Scroll down to see more information on great Blue Ridge Mountain hiking in the Emerald Outback.

For detailed info on the town trails, visit www.hikebeechmountain.com.

  

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Biking

Beech Mountain’s 51 miles of bike routes have a storied history, as they were once a final stage of the Tour Du Pont, as well as one of Lance Armstrong’s favorite routes on his road to recovery. With climbs of 1,400 feet in only three and a half miles, Beech Mountain offers challenging rides for even the most advanced cyclists, as well as scenic routes for those content to “just cruise along.”

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All routes begin at the Visitors Center, and most trails are through paved residential areas. Others will take you by Buckeye Lake and the Recreation Center.

Get trail maps and more information at www.bikebeechmountain.com

Avid mountain bikers now have a superb new venue in Western North Carolina.

The Beech Mountain Adventure Trail Park officially opened its Emerald Outback section May 1. The eight-plus miles of Emerald Outback trails range in elevation from 4,700-5,400 feet, giving the park the distinction of being among the highest such venues on the East Coast.

There’s a nice combination of single track, double track and gravel road trails traversing the mountaintop, all accessible from a trail head in the town of Beech Mountain.