Hiking

Take a gentle stroll, or test yourself on a great mountain!


Beech Mountain Hikers Lake Coffey Course
The lake, the surrounding woods, peace and quiet; no better spot for this easy 1/4 mile, walk or jog. Paved and Boardwalk!  This course is handicap accessible.

Pond Creek Trail
This two-mile trail begins at Tamarack Road off the Beech Mountain Parkway. The gentle to moderate hike will take you past trickling waterfalls and through fern-filled forests, and is the favorite trail on the mountain. (Upper Pond and Lower Pond Creek trails can be hiked separately.)

Grassy Gap Creek Trail
Follow another of Beech Mountain’s beautiful streams (feeding the Watauga River Watershed, the cleanest in North Carolina) for an easy 1.2 miles from Hawthorn Road to Grassy Gap Creek Road.

Cherry Gap Trail
Another pleasant short stroll in the woods; 1.4 miles from Cherry Gap Road up to Wild Iris Road and intersecting with Bearpaw Path.

Wild Iris Loop Trail
A 1.6-mile loop with moderate elevation change – look for small cave beside the trail – a perfect winter hike in the snow!

Falls Trail
Starting at the Buckeye Lake Picnic Pavilion where Grassy Gap Creek meets Buckeye Creek, this trail showcases the pristine woods and waterfalls preserved all over Beech Mountain. Easy 3.4 mile.

Red Fox/Arrowhead Loop Trail
An easy to moderate 1.6 mile trail that connects with Grassy Gap Creek Trail – More strenuous after Pinnacle Ridge Road.

Smoketree Trail
This two-mile loop stays almost level as it transports you through beautiful woods of maple, beech, hemlock, and magnolia. Watch for wildlife and the waterfall feeding Buckeye Creek

West Bowl/Buckeye Creek Trail
A more challenging 3.4 mile, 1,000 ft. elevation gain trek through the woods; One of Beech Mountain’s newest trails!

Buckeye Gap Loop Trail
A moderate hike that will nevertheless require some stamina to cover its entire 8.4 mile loop. Covers a variety of terrain.

Westerly Hills
Originally set to be a developed area, Westerly Hills now boasts this 4.5-mile trail through easy grades and glades.

Falls Trail
Beginning at Buckeye Lake, this trail follows lower Buckeye Creek and is still under construction; check bulletin board at Buckeye Lake Recreation Area.

For more information, visit www.hikebeechmountain.com.