Whether staying at the Inn or a chalet, The Beech Alpen Inn offers premier lodging in high country.

Rafting/Kayaking - The High Country of North Carolina offers access to several incredible whitewater rafting and kayaking locations. With the Nolichucky, Ocoee, French Broad, and Nantahala Rivers nearby, there are water activities for every level, from novice to expert.

Hiking - You will find an abundance of great hiking trails on Beech Mountain, as well as all over the High Country of North Carolina. With trails for everyone from the beginner to the advanced hiker, the area trails invite you to enjoy the natural surroundings, you can view the scenic vistas and get a great afternoon of exercise. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a matter of minutes away, and several excellent hiking trails are found just off the pull-offs on the Parkway.

Skiing - Ski Beech is the highest elevated resort in the eastern United States at 5,506 feet above sea level. It receives an average of 80 inches of snow each year, often the greatest natural snowfall in the state of North Carolina.

Ski Beech has 15 slopes and 9 lifts, and it has terrain for everyone from beginners through experts. It also offers mid-week discounts on lift tickets and rentals every day, Monday through Friday. Ski Beech also has village shops that include food and drink venues, rentals, learning centers, gift shops, repair centers, a bakery and more. It features a 7,000 square foot outdoor ice skating rink located right in the middle of the village.

Fishing - If fishing's your sport, then enjoy our gorgeous lakes, creeks, and streams. You can fish at Buckeye Lake during the entire year, and other area lakes open in April and close in February.

Be sure to pick up a fishing license before you set out on your expedition; they are available at Fred's General Merchantile. There are numerous spots for fishing and fly fishing around Beech Mountain. Listed below are a few choices for fishing.

Grandfather Trout Farm - Featuring three pond sizes, stocked with Rainbow Trout.  You pay only for what you catch and they even clean the fish for you.We provide.  Additionally, Grandfather's provides FREE equipment, FREE tackle, and FREE bait.

Tarheel Angler - Located in the mining town of Spruce Pine in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, Tarheel Angler Outfitters offers the Visiting Anglers Fly Fishing Guide Service for Trout and Smallmouth Bass. Spruce Pine is one of only five Mountain Trout Heritage Locations in North Carolina.

Golf - Beech Mountain has some of the best golfing around, with some of the best public golf courses. Some of the most challenging golf courses are found on or around Beech Mountain.

The Beech Mountain Club is a private 18-hole golf course designed by William Byrd. Beech Alpen Inn hotel guests also have guest priviliges at the club facilities. The beautiful 18-hole ridge-top layout stretches over elevations between 4,200 and 4,700 feet providing respite from summer heat with average temperature rarely exceeding 72 degrees.

The Sugar Mountain Golf Course is a public course located in the lovely town of sugar mountain, only a 15 minute drive from the hotel. The Sugar Mountain Golf Club may be the best kept secret in mountain golf.The 18-hole municipal course is "Everyman's Golf Course" in a region home to some of the world's premiere private country club communities.

Designed by the late Frank Duane, longtime project manager for Robert Trent Jones, Sr., the executive course at Sugar Mountain features 9-par threes, 8 par fours and a single par five. At an elevation of 4,000 feet, the course features immaculate putting surfaces, hailed by those who play here as second to none. The layout courses through a verdant land rich in laurel and rushing streams and exploits every panoramic view the property possesses. Best of all, the course delivers an enjoyable experience for players of all skill levels. Visitors will find golf at Sugar Mountain affordable and accessible. Rates vary during the season which opens early April and concludes the end of October. Walk specials are available every afternoon, as are twilight rates with cart. Find out what thousands before have already discovered. 

The Boone Golf Club is a semi-private course designed by architect Ellis Maples. It has been the venue for many professional and amateur events.

The Mountain Glen Golf Club is operated by the Avery Development Corporation. It is located just outside of Newland, NC; a 15 minute drive from Beech Alpen Inn on Hwy 194 past Elk Park, NC. This facility opened in 1963. The club consists of the 18-hole golf course, club house with large upstairs dinning facility for special events or occasions, proshop, snack bar, driving range, golf shed and putting green. The golf course features 6,723 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par 72. The course was designed by George W. Cobb. 

Horseback Riding - One of the best ways to experience the natural surroundings of Beech Mountain is to try out some of the trails on horseback. There are several good stables in the area that provide trail riding and lessons for people with all levels of experience.

HOW TO GET THERE:

From Banner Elk: At the stoplight in Banner Elk, take a left. Go 1/4 mile and bear right onto 184 to Beech Mtn. Come up to the top of the mountain (about 3 miles) and go through the town of Beech, past our town hall and Fred's General Store. When you start down the other side, the Top of the Beech is the first inn on your right, and the Beech Alpen Inn is the 3rd inn on the right.

From Atlanta: Take 85 to Spartanburg. Get off on 221N. Go all the way to Linville (not the same as Linville Falls). At the stoplight in Linville, take a left onto 105N. Go 5 miles - take a left on 184 to Banner Elk. Go 7 miles to the stoplight in Banner Elk and take a left. See above directions from Banner Elk. It is about a 5-hour trip.

From Raleigh: Take 40 W to Winston-Salem. In Winston-Salem, take 421 to N.Wilkesboro and on to Boone. At the fifth stoplight in Boone, take a left onto 105S. Go about 12 miles to 184. Take a right onto 184 to Banner Elk. See directions from Banner Elk above. It is about a 4-hour trip.

From Charlotte: There are 2 ways you can come. (1) Take I-77N to 421. Go North on 421 to N. Wilkesboro and on to Boone. At the fifth stoplight take a left onto 105S. Go about 12 miles to 184. Take a right onto 184 to Banner Elk. See above. Or, (2) take 16 to 321N in Hickory and on to Boone. At the main stoplight in Boone, take a left onto 105S. Go about 12 miles to 184. Take a right onto 184 to Banner Elk. See above bold directions. Either way it is about a 2 1/2 to 3 hour trip.

From Asheville: Take I-40 E to Marion. In Marion get on 221 N. Go all the way to Linville (not the same as Linville Falls). At the stoplight in Linville, take a left onto 105N. Go 5 miles - take a left on 184 to Banner Elk. Go 7 miles to the stoplight in Banner Elk and take a left. See above directions from Banner Elk. It is about a 1 1/2 hour trip.

From the "North": Take 81 S to I-181 S. In Johnson City pick up US 321 to Elizabethton, TN. In Elizabethton, follow 19E across the NC line into Elk Park. In Elk Park, turn left onto 194 to Banner Elk. Go 6 and a half miles and turn left onto 184 to Beech Mtn. Come 3 miles up to the top of the mountain and go through the town of Beech, past our town hall and Fred's General Store. When you start down the other side, the Top of the Beech is the first inn on your right, and the Beech Alpen Inn is the 3rd inn on the right

From Knoxville/"West": Take I-81 N to I-181 S. In Johnson City, TN pick up US 321 to Elizabethton, TN. From Elizabethton take US 19E across the NC state line into Elk Park. Do not follow US 321 into Boone -- it will add almost 2 hours to the trip! In Elk Park, turn left onto NC 194 to Banner Elk. Go 6 and a half miles and turn left onto 184 to Beech Mtn. Come 3 miles up to the top of the mountain and go through the town of Beech, past our town hall and Fred's General Store. When you start down the other side, the Top of the Beech is the first inn on your right, and the Beech Alpen Inn is the 3rd inn on the right .

From E. Coast of Florida: Take I-95N to S.C. In S.C., pick up I-26W to Columbia. In Columbia, take I-77 to Charlotte. Take south bypass I-485 to I-85 south to Gastonia. Pick up 321 north to Hickory. ** Take I-40 south to Morganton, exit at #105 and pick up 181 to Linville. Take Hwy 105 to Tynecastle, turn left at 184 to Banner Elk. (About 12 hours from Miami)

**Alternate route: Stay on 321 to Boone. Take Hwy 105 south to Tynecastle, turn right on 184 to Banner Elk. (More traffic, takes longer)

From W. Coast of Florida: Take I-75N to Atlanta. See directions from Atlanta.  

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