Beech Mountain, NC

Beech Mountain, NC

Literally, the coolest town in North Carolina is Beech Mountain. At an elevation of 5,506 feet, it's the highest town in the eastern USA. So summers are cool with prime hiking and mountain biking. Winters bring a wonderland for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowshoeing and sledding. And don't forget the brilliant fall colors that extend for weeks. In the village center, find a variety of restaurants and the beloved Fred's General Store.

Winter
If you love to ski and snowboard, explore 95 acres with 15 slopes and trails with a vertical drop of 830 feet. Their longest run is one mile. A snow tubing park debuted in December 2015 adjacent to the Alpine Village at the base of the slopes. Plus, you can snowshoe and hike on the 20-mile trail system maintained by the town of Beech Mountain (when there is natural snow cover on the ground). Read more about Beech Mountain Winter Fun.

Beech Mountain Summer

Summer
Since temperatures seldom top 75 degrees (about 15 degrees cooler than the city of Asheville), Beech Mountain is a wonderful place for hiking, mountain biking and golf. In fact, you can hike from your rental condo or inn. The town's 20 miles of trails are perfect for all skill levels. In addition to shopping and dining, there is plenty of see and do near Beech Mountain, including Banner Elk and Grandfather Mountain. In June through September, the ski resort operates its chairlift to provide lift access for mountain bikers. Load up your bikes and ride to the top, then ride around and down the mountain.

For golfers, Beech Mountain not only promises comfortable playing temperatures, it guarantees them as part of its Summer of 79° package. If the temperature exceeds 79 degrees any day that a stay-and-play golfer tees it up at Beech Mountain Club, the club refunds all golf fees. You also find a 18-hole disc golf course.

Read more about Beech Mountain Summer Fun.

Beech Mountain Fred's

Fall
Beech Mountain is one of the earliest locations to find fall foliage color, usually peaking the first week of October. Stop at roadside farm stands, hike or drive the scenic roads. The very popular Autumn at Oz weekend takes place on the mountaintop along the yellow brick road at the former Land of Oz park. Read more about Autumn at Oz.

Accommodations
You won't find all the typical hotel chains in this town. You'll find a big variety of lodging options, from inns, condos and mountaintop homes. Plus, find some of the best deals and packages in the mountains. See the current Beech Mountain Lodging Specials.

Brief Overview
The town of Beech Mountain only has a full time population of 350 people, but the population increases to as high as 10,000 during the winter and 5,000 in the summer. There are more than 2,300 homes and condos on the mountain, so there are plenty of second homes and vacation rentals. The town began as a resort development in the 1960s. It's about 80 miles north of Asheville. Nearby is the town of Banner Elk

Things to Do in Beech Mountain

Beech Mountain Ski Resort
Beech Mountain Ski Resort
As the highest ski and snowboard area in the eastern U.S., they offer 15 slopes on 95 acres of skiable area. There are plenty of runs for every skill level, and with a vertical drop of 830 feet and more than 80 inches of annual snowfall. Mountaintop bar. See our Beech Mtn Winter Guide with packages and events. Snow tubing and ice skating too!
Snow Tubing
Snow Tubing at Beech Mountain
The new state-of-the-art snow tubing park at the Beech Mountain Ski Resort adds to the fun there. Enjoy long runs, then take the magic carpet back to the top. It's adjacent to the ice skating rink.
Beech Mountain Biking & Hiking
Beech Mountain Biking & Hiking
Hike, bike and golf in the highest town in Eastern America and enjoy cool temperatures all summer long. Their 20-mile trail system is open year-round.  
Autumn at Oz at Beech Mtn
Autumn at Oz at Beech Mtn
September 09, 2016 to September 11, 2016
There's no place like the Beech Mountain Land of Oz. Stroll along the yellow brick road, experience a recreation of Dorothy's journey from her home in Kansas, and meet many of the characters so central to "The Wizard of Oz." Event sells out fast!
Beech Mountain Hiking Package
Hike & Wine Package, Beech Mountain
Hike mile-high trails at the coolest and highest town around. Includes two nights accommodations for two, trail map (20 miles), wine tasting and more. Or book their "Bike & Brew" package for epic mountain biking and local beer.
Rate: $169/couple
Beech Mountain Golf Special
Summer of 79° Golf Package, Beech Mountain
Eastern America's highest town not only promises comfortable playing temperatures, it guarantees them. If the temperature exceeds 79 degrees any day you play, the club refunds all golf fees. Available May 18-Oct 22. Stay in condos, inns, chalets or vacation mountaintop homes. 
Rate: Starts at $79/person per night, two night minimum

We love exploring our cool small towns nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, filled with historic buildings with a mix of longtime family operated stores and restaurants,... read more
Banner Elk is a quaint mountain village between Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain ski areas. It's home to Lees-McRae College, a beautiful historic campus at the highest... read more
Grandfather Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the Blue Ridge Mountain range (elevation 5,946 ft), is 70 miles from Asheville, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.... read more
Located near Beech Mountain and Banner Elk is the impressive Elk River Falls (formerly called Big Falls) in... read more