About the Beech Mountain, North Carolina Area
Notes from Debbie: Having lived on Beech Mountain permanently for over 20 years, I am familiar, and can assist you, with property on Beech Mountain. After doing my own search of surrounding mountain towns in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia, that search ended the moment I discovered Beech Mountain. I left a "beach village" in Florida when it was clear that it had outgrown its charm and I was looking for a cooler climate. I have now found my new "mountain villlage" and have no plans on leaving until our Lord decides it is time for me to go to my eternal home.
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At 5,506' above sea level and the highest incorporated town east of the Mississippi River, Beech Mountain has become a cool retreat in summer and a ski destination in winter. Beech Mountain is located in both Watauga and Avery Counties. Hiking next to fast flowing streams and falls and biking up and around the many trails is a favorite activity on the mountain and the local Chamber of Commerce has something planned for just about everyone throughout the year. With only approximately 380 year-round residents, yet more roads and area than nearby Boone, Beech Mountain retains its small town charm with shops; restaurants; a multi-million dollar town recreation facility with indoor and outdoor tennis, indoor fitness, basketball, lounge, kitchen and reception facilities; Ski Beech with its outdoor skating area, 15 slopes, restaurant and shopping village; as well the Beech Mountain Club, which gives the qualified property owner the additional choice of membership to enjoy a Willard Byrd designed 18-hole mountain golf course, 10 Har-tru tennis courts, a gorgeous clubhouse dining facility which has breathtaking views of three states, the Fairway Cafe located next to the putting green and serving freshly made salads, soups and sandwiches, a brand new walk-in beach style pool, a full recreation department, a ski house with a large fireplace, flat screen television, snack bar and lockers downstairs for the skiers and which is located right next door to the ski slopes.
While visiting our area be sure to consider all of the amenities the High Country has to offer. There are 20 miles of hiking trails alone on Beech Mountain, with many more scenic trails in our immediate area with varying degrees of difficulty. Biking is also a favorite sport in our area and Beech Mountain Parkway is well known to have been a favorite training ground for Lance Armstrong. Nearby Lees-Mcrae College's USA Cycling Division I team has placed in individual and team events in the nation since 2003 and now is the only college in the U.S. to offer a minor in Bicycling Studies. There are over 40 miles of biking trails on Beech Mountain. There are two stocked lakes on Beech Mountain; Lake Coffey near the Beech Mountain Club recreation area and Buckeye Lake which is located next to the multi-million dollar town recreation facility bearing the lake's name and which is open to the public. Although Beech Mountain has more roads and area than the nearby city of Boone, it retains its small town mountain community charm with shops, restaurants, recreation facilities and year-round activities planned and coordinated by the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce. In winter, Ski Beech comes alive for ice skaters, skiers, snowboarders, tubers and spectators alike. Beech Mountain Resort also has many shops and restaurants in the ski village and within walking distance so you never have to be far away from the action.
Becoming a property owner on Beech Mountain opens up even more opportunities by giving you the choice of becoming a member in the Beech Mountain Club. The private Club facilities include a ski house next to Beech Mountain Resort, 10 Har-tru clay tennis courts, a fitness center, a 6,099 yard 18-hole mountain golf course, clubhouse dining with views of three states, a cafe located between the putting green and 1st hole of the Beech Mountain Club Golf Course that has a large pavilion for lunch fare, a brand new, walk-in, beach style swimming pool, recreation department with an outdoor pavilion, indoor activity, kitchen and meeting areas, a day camp for children aged 3-14 and numerous other amenities.