This article originally appeared on the Blue Ridge Mountains Travel Guide article, “The 20 Best Western NC Small Towns to Visit (And Live In!)

Regarded as “the highest town in Eastern America,” Beech Mountain sits at a lofty 5,506 feet above sea level.

Like many of the quaint towns in North Carolina, Beech Mountain is built around outdoor recreation opportunities.

In summertime, Emerald Outback has trails for hiking and mountain biking. Buckeye Recreation Center offers tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, as well as a playground for the kids and an official NC Birding Trail.

There’s also a top-notch golf course with spectacular views and mountain streams for fly fishing. But the recreational lifeblood of Beech Mountain is snow-skiing and other winter activities.


Thanks so much for the recognition – we can’t wait to welcome you!