Beech Mountain is the highest town in Eastern America and an ideal vacation spot in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Our elevation (5,506 feet) sets us apart 12 months a year.
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Beech Mountain Hosts Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships Oct. 24-26
This is the second straight year Beech Mountain has hosted the championships, which feature more than 70 schools and 300 riders battling for national titles in six disciplines.
Fort Lewis College of Colorado returns as defending team champion in Division I and Brevard College returns as defending champion in Division II. Local teams expected to contend in Division I are Lees-McRae College and Appalachian State.
Holding the championships two straight years is quite an honor for Beech Mountain. The town and the ski resort have invested significantly in their mountain biking trail systems in recent years, giving the area two quality mountain bike parks.
“It’s our intention to be among the best mountain biking destination on the East Coast, and getting selected to host the collegiate national championships is a good indication of how far we’ve come,” said Talia Freeman, event coordinator for Beech Mountain Resort. “It allows us to showcase the beauty and incredible terrain Beech Mountain has to offer.
Races in various disciplines will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All races are free and open to the public. “ It is family-friendly and spectator-friendly,” Freeman said.
For details and race schedules, visit: www.usacycling.org/2014/collegiate-mtb-nationals.
Lodging and other visitor info is available by calling (800) 468-5506.
Keep Atop of Fall Color with New Guide; Stay Atop of Fall Color with Beech Lodging
And you can keep on top of the ever-changing spectrum of colors by accessing the NC High Country Fall Color Guide. This guide provides expert advice on when and where to see the best fall foliage, and is updated regularly by our friends at High Country Host.
While you're keeping on top of changing fall foliage, we encourage you to stay on top of it - literally - in the town of Beech Mountain. Located at 5,506 feet elevation, Beech is the highest town in Eastern America and a great base camp for autumn viewing adventures.
A further reason to stay in Beech Mountain is our special $169 hike & wine package. It includes two nights of lodging for two, hiking trail maps, wine tasting at Banner Elk Winery and even a round of mini-golf.
Better yet, the package is available on weekends. Even if you don't take advantage of the hiking and wine tasting, it's still the best deal in the Blue Ridge! To learn more about this great package, click here or call (800) 468-5506.
Tee It Up Amidst Autumn Splendor on Beech
Not only is Beech Mountain the highest town in Eastern America, it's home to one of the highest altitude golf courses in the East.
The championship layout at Beech Mountain Club provides a scenic, ridge-top golf experience that draws rave reviews.
Although the course and club are private, several accommodations on the mountain have club memberships and offer stay-and-play golf packages. The packages are quite affordable, starting at $79 per person, per night, double occupancy.
In September, golf is available after 1:00 pm Monday through Saturday, and before 11:00 am Sundays. Once the calendar turns to October, golf is offered all day, every day until the season ends Oct. 19.
For further details & lodging options, call the Beech Visitors Center at (800) 468-5506.
Two Trail Parks Equal One Great Biking Experience on Beech Mountain
Mountain biking enthusiasts can double their riding pleasure on Beech Mountain. Beech is home to two trail parks - the Emerald Outback cross-country trail system and the Beech Mountain Resort downhill trail system.
The Emerald Outback, with approximately eight miles of trails, opened a few years ago. It was joined last summer by the Beech Mountain Resort Bike Park.
Riders wishing to traverse the Emerald Outback trails may do so year-round. There are two trail heads with parking for the Emerald Outback, and there is no charge to ride the trails.
The ski resort's downhill trails are open Friday-Sunday from June 6 to October 19 (closed the weekend of Oct. 4-5). Those trails are served, for a fee, by the resort's chairlift. Riders can also purchase a lift pass and use it for access to the Emerald Outback.
Four-Legged Friends Love Beech Mountain
It's not only humans who enjoy a getaway in the North Carolina mountains.
Our four-legged, furry friends enjoy vacations, too, and Beech Mountain enjoys having them!
There are ample pet-friendly lodging options, so you can pick the perfect place for your pooch.
Once you arrive, make sure to visit Beech Mountain's recently opened one-acre Bark Park, complete with two fenced-in play areas: one for large dogs and one for small dogs.
There's also a greenway system in the heart of Beech Mountain, plus miles of trails surrounding the town.
For pet-friendly lodging options, please click here, or call 800-468-5506 for details.