Avery County North Carolina
Also Located In Watauga County
Information and Photos Provided By:
Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce
403-A Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, NC 28604
800-468-5506 or 828-387-9283
Highest town in Eastern U.S. Alt. 5506’. Temperatures rarely climb
above 72 degrees. Enjoy golf, tennis, hiking, and biking in summer and the
finest skiing, tubing and snowboarding in the Southeast in winter.
Beech Mountain, North
Carolina is the highest incorporated town in the Eastern US just a short
drive from Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 305. Follow NC Route 184 to the top
and discover a mountain of things to see and do. Experience the natural
wonders of our mountain
community. We have identified over 80 species of birds, more than 40
different types of trees and in excess of 160 species of wildflowers on
Beech Mountain. If you are quiet you may come upon white-tailed deer, red
fox, wild turkeys or a flock of Ruffed Grouse.
A former hunting ground for the Cherokee Indians, Beech Mountain was once
called Klonteska, or the “pheasant”. The Great Trading path that ran from
Virginia to Georgia is said to have passed through Beech Mountain and the
1864 Battle of Beech Mountain during the Civil, although brief, was fought
Beech Mountain is a popular resort community that offers year-round
activities and some of the most wonderful views in the High Country. There
are no chain restaurants or hotels in Beech Mountain rather we have cozy
country inns and lodges, quaint chalets, fine restaurants and unique
shops. Before you leave, don’t miss a visit Fred’s General
Mercantile, a general store that
serves as the center of town life. Fred’s motto is… “if we don’t
have it, you don’t need it.”
have flocked to the mountains of North Carolina for well over 100 years to
escape the heat of summer. Temperatures on Beech rarely exceed 72 degrees.
In summer, leave your car behind and walk one of our hiking trails,
challenge yourself to rugged mountain biking trails or drop a line into
Buckeye Lake for trout and smallmouth bass. Golf, tennis and swimming
privileges at the private Beech Mountain Club are available to guests
staying in qualified lodging.
All-season activity on Beech Mountain continues in winter at Ski Beech for
the finest skiing, tubing and snowboarding in the Southeast. Best of all,
is our municipal sledding hill, next to Town Hall, always free of charge,
for the little ones.
Events abound all year including the popular Winterfest, Oktoberfest, the
47th Annual 4th of July Pig Roast & Fireworks, Street Dances, free summer
sunset concerts and the Beech Mountain Hill Climb - the only sports car
hill climb remaining in the Southeast.
Stop by the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce on
your way into town and pick up visitor information and maps. Let us help
you start your day of exploration. Visit our website at
or give us a call at 800-468-5506.
Beech Mountain Factoids
In 1864, the Battle of Beech Mountain was fought.
A squad of ten from Tennessee claiming to be Confederate Soldiers raided
the area, stealing horses and shooting residents.
The first account of skiing on Beech Mountain was
in the 1930’s.
Several varieties of orchids can be found on Beech
Mountain including the rarely seen Small Purple Fringed Orchid (Habenaria