BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. – While some prefer viewing the splendid colors of autumn by car, the Town of Beech Mountain offers a more interactive way to see the leaves.
The town maintains more than 30 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails at 5,000 feet elevation in the Blue Ridge Mountains. These trails range from easy to strenuous, thus ensuring a variety of folks can enjoy fall foliage on foot.
Beech Mountain provides a detailed hiking map for 22 miles of trails winding in and out of the town limits. Additionally, a separate map is available for eight-plus miles of new trails near the mountain‘s summit. Those trails are part of the Emerald Outback adventure trail park, which attracts a broad mix of hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners.
“All trails are town maintained and we’ve really focused on the trails and reworking a lot of spots that needed attention,” said Fred Pfohl of the Beech Mountain recreation advisory committee. “There’s a lot of breathtaking scenery all around as you hike. We have trails that are solely in the woods and others which are on the edge and afford great views.”
The local tourism office has put together hiking and biking packages this fall to make it easier to enjoy what’s expected to be a vibrant autumn for color. The $159 packages provide two nights lodging for two people. They also include hiking trail maps, biking maps, fitness center passes, mini-golf for two, and a wine tasting for two at Banner Elk Winery.
“Our fall color season usually starts the last week of September and runs through about the third or fourth week of October,” said Pfohl. “Deer and wild turkeys are plentiful, and bird watching is good, too. It’s just a pretty time of year to be out of doors in the mountains.”
All of the town’s hiking and biking maps are available at the Beech Mountain Visitors Center, 403-A Beech Mountain Parkway.
More info is available by calling (800) 468-5506, or visiting: www.BeechMtn.com.
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