VisitNC – Mountain Biking in the High Country

Adventure Trail Park 02 mid-res - CREDIT Kristian JacksonBeech Mountain is eastern America’s highest town, with an elevation of 5,506 feet. It’s not much of a surprise to learn that mountain biking trails abound here. Routes vary from short, one-mile trails all the way up to more than 11 miles, with elevations ranging from 3,800 to 5,000 feet. Beech Mountain also has more than 50 miles of paved bike trails.

Beech Mountain was part of Tour DuPont, America’s premier cycling event, from 1993 to 1996. The paved bike routes earned international acclaim in 1998 when Lance Armstrong trained here for his final Tour de France after a bout with cancer.  In addition, Beech Mountain Resort hosted the 2011 and 2012 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships. It was the first resort in the South to host the event.

In 2011, the town of Beech Mountain opened the first phase of its Adventure Trail Park, called the Emerald Outback. At elevations ranging from 4,700 to 5,500 feet, the Emerald Outback is comprised of roughly 10 miles of intermediate to advanced trails. It’s also one of the highest adventure trail parks in eastern America. The trail system here includes single-track and double-track trails, gravel logging trails and fire roads as well as 100-mile vistas from many scenic overlooks.

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