Fall Leaf Season Comes Early to Beech

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 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.

hikeandwine 300x250 fallOther fall activities include canoe rentals on Buckeye Lake, scenic chairlift rides at Beech Mountain Resort, golf packages at the Beech Mountain Club, and spectacular fall driving routes throughout town, as well as nearby in Banner Elk, Valle Crucis, Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Because it is a ski resort town, lodging is plentiful and the rates are considered "off season." Most of the accommodations have attractive rates available. A great option for couples is the $169 Hike and Wine Weekend package, which provides two nights lodging for two, two hiking trail maps, guest passes to the Buckeye Recreation Center, and a wine tasting for two at Banner Elk Winery. All for just $169, plus tax.

The friendly folks in the Beech Mountain Visitors Center are happy to give real-time updates on the colors of the leaves. They can be reached at 800-468-5506.