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Gnarnia at Beech Mountain Resort

We are pleased to announce, the festival of Gnarnia will be held at Beech Mountain Resort, in Beech Mountain, NC. This unique outdoor venue is located in Eastern America’s Highest Town, with an elevation of 5,500 ft. It weighs in at just over a mile above sea level. The resort rests upon 150 acres that boast breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Beech Mountain Resort features restaurants, a club, bars, as well as other first class amenities. A ski lift will take you to the top of the mountain where you can enjoy activities or just take in the spectacular view.

Camping right?

This is a destination festival where guests can reserve any number very reasonably priced cabins, condos, and chalets available directly surrounding the resort, many of which are within walking distance. Hot tubs? Expect lodging at approximately $89 a night that sleeps 4, or approx $120 to sleep 6. That’s only about $20 dollars a night, and you won’t have to worry about how impossible it is to roll up that muddy tent. We know first hand that going “home” to sleep in a bed at a festival is absolutely amazing. With all the showers around, Gnarnia may even smell better than most “enchanted lands”.

Go ahead and stake claim to your lodging on Beech Mountain from August 9th to the 11th.

Mountain Recreation

A plethora of hikes and waterfalls are close by; be sure and take advantage of the scenery during your stay in Gnarnia.

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. Catch it on your way to or fro the land of Gnarnia.

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.


  • 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.