In addition to the skiing at Beech Mountain, there is plenty to do all year around in this part of western North Carolina.
The iconic Emerald Outback trail system features nearly seven miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and trail running—suitable for beginners too.
Buckeye Creek and Pond Creek have annual trout stockings in early spring and are part of the High Country Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Trail. Don’t miss the coolest fishing spot of all, at Buckeye Creek, where anglers can fish just below a striking waterfall.
Pack your binoculars! The High Country Audubon Society has recognized Beech Mountain’s Buckeye Recreation area as a hot spot of abundant bird population. Approximately 127 bird species can be found on Beech Mountain throughout the year.
WHERE TO EAT
Morehouse, Pfohl, and Gavenus all have their favorite spots in the area, and of course, Fred’s General Mercantile tops the list. In addition to being able to pick up any tool you need to repair your reel (or kitchen sink), the Mercantile serves breakfast and lunch until 3 p.m. daily.
- Brick Oven Pizzeria in Beech Mountain
- The Tin Trout restaurant in Crossnore -
- Old Hampton Store & Barbecue in Linville
- Banner Elk Cafe and Lodge Espresso Bar and Eatery in Banner Elk
- Mountain Grounds Coffee & Tea Co.