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For adventure seekers and scenery admirers, Beech Mountain’s 30-plus miles of hiking trails offer access to the mountain’s true beauty, taking you through old-growth forest, over old logging roads, and beside a railroad grade that once carried wood harvested on Beech Mountain.
Beech has hiking for all levels. Take an easy stroll through in-town woods with the family, or test yourself on longer trails that leads to waterfalls and scenic visitas. 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.
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.
Hike the Emerald Outback @ Beech Mountain
Take your love of North Carolina hiking to new heights at the Emerald Outback at Beech Mountain.
More than eight miles of trails are open in Phase I. These trails are ideal for families, avid hikers and mountain bikers to explore this four-season destination with amazing topography and 100-mile vistas of North Carolina and Tennessee.
Elevations range from 4,700 to 5,400 feet, giving the park the distinction of being the highest officially designated trail park on the East Coast. The Emerald Outback has trails ranging from moderate to strenuous, with bailout trails in the more difficult areas.
The Emerald Outback trailhead is located right in the heart of town, across from the Beech Mountain Visitors Center. Trails includes a mixture of single-track, double-track and gravel roads traversing the mountaintop. The park is open seven days a week and is free to the public. Dogs are not allowed on the trail system.