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Nature & Waterfalls

Blue Ridge Parkway– Commonly called America’s favorite drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic byway located about 20 minutes from Beech Mountain. It features breathtaking panoramic views, hikes, waterfalls, overlooks, and other attractions along the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachian Trail.

Grandfather Mountain-As the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and one of the great destinations in the South, Grandfather Mountain stands head and shoulders above the surrounding region. It’s been called “North Carolina’s Top Scenic Attraction,” and for good reason. Climb to the top for 360-degree views of nearby ridges and valleys, clamber across the world-famous Mile-High Swinging Bridge, or simply marvel at the native wildlife habitat. Best of all, it’s only a 20-minute drive from Beech Mountain.

Linville Caverns- The only caverns open to the public in North Carolina.  This is your chance to see inside a mountain.  With reasonable rates, and a outstanding gift shop, Linville Caverns is only about 25 miles away from Beech Mountain.  Call (800) 419-0540 or visit for more information.

Greater Foscoe Mining Company- Become a prospector for a day while mining your own gemstones.  Located 7.7 miles South of Boone on Hwy 105-s in Foscoe.  You can find emeralds, rubies, sapphires, amethyst, garnet, topaz, and many more.  Also, visit the full service jewelry store, Facets of Foscoe.  Call (828) 963-5928 or visit for more information.

Blowing Rock– North Carolina’s oldest attraction since 1933.  Featuring an immense cliff 4,000 feet above sea level overlooking the Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below.  Enjoy a beautiful, short, scenic walk with a garden waterfall, gardens, observation tower, and unique gift shops.  Located about 40 minutes from Beech Mountain on Hwy 321.  Call (828) 295-7111 or visit for more information.

Mystery Hill- Explore a fascinating experience of science, optical illusions, and natural phenomena at this family friendly amusement science center.  Located between Boone and Blowing Rock on Hwy 321.  Also on the property is Appalachian Heritage Museum featuring exhibits of artifacts, antiques, and lifestyle portray the unique culture of the Blue Ridge Mountain people from the time of the Native Americans through the 1900.  Call (828) 264-2792 or visit for more information.


Lower Pond Creek Trail Falls
The one-mile trail within the Town of Beech Mountain is a great place for a picnic. Native trout can be found in the pools along the creek.

Boone Fork Trail Falls
This 25-foot falls is located on Boone Fork Trail leading from the picnic area at Julian Price Park, Milepost 295 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Cascades
A series of three cascading falls, 30-40 feet in height, at Jefress Park, Milepost 272 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Crabtree Falls
A 60-foot falls, at the Visitor Center at Milepost 340 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Elk River Falls
The falls are 85 feet high and are two miles north of Elk Park at the end of Elk River Road.

Glen Burney Falls
A 75-foot falls, located in the John’s River Gorge, is reached via Globe Road, below Blowing Rock.

Laurel Creek Falls
This 85-foot falls is just past Cove Creek/Sugar Grove on U.S. 321 at Laurel Creek Road, just before Cove Creek joins the Watauga River.

Linville Falls
The Linville River plunges into the Linville Gorge at its head to form this 90-foot waterfall; a gentle half-mile trail from the parking area at Milepost 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Wilson Creek Falls
Located 2.7 miles from the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Tanawha Trail. Start at Beacon Heights at Milepost 305.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Two beautiful lakes offer some of the most beautiful scenery and best recreational opportunities on Beech Mountain.

Buckeye Lake
Buckeye Lake is the centerpiece of the town’s recreational facilities. The Buckeye Recreation Center has a fabulous indoor facility dedicated to expanding the recreational needs of residents and visitors alike. Full-size gymnasium, indoor tennis, meeting areas, fitness area with state-of-the-art equipment, kids playroom, living room area, and an indoor walking track. The Buckeye Park also offers outdoor recreation: tennis, walking trail, ball field, fishing, boating, hiking, campfire area, and a picnic area.

Coffey Lake
A scenic 1/8-mile course wraps around the lake and is perfect for both walking and jogging. A parking area is available with direct access to the trail. This area also has a basketball court.

Watauga Lake
A short drive (30 minutes) to boating, boat rental, trout and bass fishing.