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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Autumn Color? Beech is First to Fall

Here in Eastern America's Highest Town, fall color comes early. Beech Mountain is one of the first places in the North Carolina mountains to experience autumn's splendor. Typically, the leaves begin to change in late September, with peak season ranging from the end of September to the first half of October.

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Enjoy Hiking and Biking in the Renovated Emerald Outback

Emerald Outback 001The renovated Emerald Outback at Beech Mountain - which celebrated its grand re-opening June 6-7 - caters to outdoor enthusiasts in search of adventure at the top of Beech Mountain.

The Emerald Outback's trail system received an extensive renovation in late 2014. The project was financed by a Recreation Trails Program grant from the state of North Carolina. It involved widening and smoothing trails, improving drainage, replacing signage throughout the trail park, and installing safety LID (location identification) markers to assist search teams and paramedics.

At elevations reaching 5,400 feet high in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, the Emerald Outback is one of the highest and most unique trail parks east of the Rockies. Wind-swept gnarly Beech trees, lush undergrowth and small streams form an emerald forest that inspired creation of the Land of Oz theme park, which ...


NC Fall Foliage Comes Early to Beech's High Elevation

Fall Hiking Beech 04Each autumn, be the the "first to fall" with a visit to Eastern America's Highest Town. Autumn colors arrive early in Beech Mountain because the town is located at 5,506 feet above sea level.

While other places in the North Carolina mountains do not reach peak until the latter stages of October, fall foliage in Beech Mountain typically reaches its peak in late September and the first half of October.

The colors start to change in the latter half of September and - depending on how early the first frost occurs - the leaves are often at their prettiest the final weekend of September through the first two weekends of October.

Fall leaf-peepers have lots of options in the town of Beech Mountain. The town maintains nearly 30 miles of hiking trails, including eight gorgeous miles of trails at the very top of the mountain in the Emerald Outback trail system. Mountain biking is also an option in the Emerald Outback and on select trails in town.

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TripAdvisor Affiliate Names Beech #1 for Affordability

SUMMER Boomer PNGIn his latest post, Boomer the blogging squirrel chirps about a recent accolade bestowed on Beech Mountain., a TripAdvisor company, has ranked Beech Mountain the Most Affordable Rental Vacation Destination in North Carolina.

Boomer wouldn't pull your leg on this (although he might steal your acorns), but just in case you don't believe us, see for yourself by reading FlipKey’s article: 50 States: Most Affordable Vacation Rental Destinations.

So, how did Beech Mountain get to be No. 1 in North Carolina? Winners were chosen based on TripAdvisor data collected over the past 18 months from locations with at least five listings that had the lowest average weekly rates for two-bedroom accommodations.

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Fall Mountain Bike Rentals Now Available on Mountain

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One of the most popular outdoor activities in Beech Mountain is mountain biking. And, visitors now have an option for renting mountain bikes.

White Wolf Lodge offers daily rentals of Haro Hardtail bikes, with helmets. The bikes can be used on the Emerald Outback trail system at the top of the mountain or on several other trails within the town trail system.
For more information on renting bikes, click here or call White Wolf Lodge at 828-387-4200.
Additional mountain biking info, including a list of trails, is available by clicking the button below ...


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