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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.

Summer temperatures hover in the 60s and 70s and rarely exceed 79 degrees, creating a cool mountain getaway for: hiking, mountain biking, trail running, golfing, fishing, or relaxing.

Winter snows average 84.6 inches and transform Beech Mountain into a wonderland for: skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowshoeing, sledding, retro 80s weekend and aprés ski.

Come for a visit and see why Beech Mountain is "North Carolina's Coolest Town."

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It's Easy as Pie to Fly a Kite a Mile High this Labor Day Weekend

Kite Festival

Children of all ages are invited to fly a kite this Labor Day weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The 12th annual Mile High Kite Festival takes place Sunday, Aug. 31, in the Beech Mountain town meadow. Located at more than 5,000 feet in elevation, the meadow makes it easy to sail kites more than a mile above sea level.

The festival includes kite-flying music and announcing provided by Terry Murray and Will Smoot of the Richmond Air Force Kite Club from Virginia. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest kite, smallest kite and best decorated kite.

Other activities include races with kids pulling parachute kites, face painting, and a variety of craft and food vendors.

Don’t have a kite? Fret not. Kites will be available for sale, and the first 300 kids (12 and under) receive a free one.

The event is sponsored by the Beech Mountain Chamber in conjunction with the Richmond Air Force kite club and the Wings Across Carolina Kiting and Okra Society from Charlotte.

There’s also an all-ages street dance Saturday from 7-9 p.m. in front of town hall. The parking lot is covered with sand and a deejay plays a variety of fun dance music.

“We like to float the idea to come up and make a weekend of it,” says event organizer Calder Smoot. “In addition to the street dance and kite festival, scenic chairlift rides are available all weekend and folks can enjoy a concert on the lawn Sunday evening following the festival."

For festival info or lodging specials, call (800) 468-5506.

Two Trail Parks Equal One Great Summer on Beech Mountain

Two Trail Parks LRMountain 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 through Sunday from June 6 to October 19. 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.

For more information on the Beech Mountain Resort Bike Park, click here. Information on the Emerald Outback is available by clicking here.

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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.






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