Hit the road Jack…
… and Jill… and the kids… Jack Sr. and grandma too! It’s fun for the whole family. Beech offers a wide range of biking adventures for everyone and every skill level. It’s a trifecta of biking/cycling options: (1) Road cyclists have 51 miles of designated routes; (2) Cross-country mountain bikers have seven miles of trails in the Emerald Outback; and (3) Downhill mountain bikers have the highest lift-served park east of the Rockies! So, whether you want to go on a leisurely ride along one of our gorgeous trails or shred the gnar on the downhill ride of your life, Beech puts the joy in joyride.
Take the high road
Beech Mountain’s 51 miles of bike routes have a storied history. They were once the final stage of the Tour Du Pont, which was won twice by Lance Armstrong. Armstrong also made Beech Mountain one of his preferred training grounds prior to winning his first Tour de France title.
The main climb ascends 1,400 feet in just over three miles. It is one of many rides for advanced cyclists. There are also options for less advanced cyclists, with routes for those content to cruise along with lesser changes in altitude.
All routes begin at the Visitors Center. Most trails run through paved residential areas, while others take you by Buckeye Lake and the Recreation Center. Traffic is usually minimal and Beech Mountain’s 25 mph speed limit is a positive for cyclists.
Drop in at the Emerald Outback Trail Park
A bikeaholic’s paradise, the Emerald Outback at Beech Mountain is a 7-mile trail park which is fast becoming a premier mountain biking location. The trails criss-cross the mountain top and are comprised of double track, single track, grassy areas and dirt/gravel roads, ranging from 4,700 to 5,400 feet in elevation, which makes the Outback one of the highest mountain biking trail systems in the East Coast.
The trails difficulty level ranges from beginners to advance, with challenging terrain for experienced riders. All trails are well-marked and there’s a good variety to the trail system, alternating between lush forests and open spaces with gorgeous views. While there’s plenty of isolation in the trees, the path doesn’t stray too far from a connecting road or bailout point. Safety features consists of LID markers, well-blazed trails and a wilderness search and rescue team. Other amenities include a visitors center, summit parking lot, restrooms and a bike wash station. So, get on yer bike, it’s shred time!
It’s all downhill for bikers at Beech Mountain Resort
Thrill seekers of all ages can test their downhill skills on nine exciting downhill trails served by the chairlift at Beech Mountain Resort’s Bike Park. The Park features a range of terrains for every rider, from the beginner to experienced. The beginner trails offer a smooth introduction with friendly and manageable features for the novice rider, while the advanced terrain is steep and technical, with many rocks, tricky corners and technical wood descents. The most difficult trails were the site of USA Cycling’s Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships in 2011 and 2012.
The trails are open Thursday through Sunday from early June through mid October and the resort offers mountain bike and equipment rentals, lift tickets and food & beverage service.
For more info and a map of the downhill trails, please click here