FREE Sledding in the Town of Beech Mountain!

The popular youth sledding hill in the Town of Beech Mountain is once again open for the winter season. The hill provides free sledding daily for children 12 and under.

Sledding conditions are usually favorable thanks to a combination of Beech Mountain’s high elevation (5,506 feet) andSledding Hill 014 a snow gun for blowing the white stuff when Mother Nature isn’t.

The sledding hill is located next to the Chamber of Commerce in the heart of Beech Mountain. It’s operated by Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department and open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weather permitting) with safety personnel on duty. A loud speaker plays music and hot chocolate is available at nearby restaurants.

Plastic sleds are required. Folks may bring their own, or sleds are available for rent or purchase at nearby stores on the mountain.

Parking and restrooms are provided by the chamber. People are encouraged to call the chamber at (800) 468-5506 to receive live updates on sledding conditions. ‘We provide real-time updates on sledding conditions,” says the chamber’s John Troxler. “All we have to do is look out the window.”

Additional info on the Beech Mountain sledding hill is available at:

High Country New Year’s Eve Festivities (continuously updated)

We’ve started to find information on New Years Eve Activities for families (and parents) around Boone and the High Country. We will be continually updating this post as we find more activities! If you know about something we missed, add it in the comments or contact us here.

New Year 2011

Yule Log Bonfire

DATE: Thursday, December 30th , 2010

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Beech Mountain Town Hall Sled Hill Area

DESCRIPTION: Join us for good tidings and great joy as we welcome the New Year with a Yule Log bonfire, marshmallows and s’mores, hot cocoa, hot apple cider, winter carols and songs with a guitarist, and stories.

MORE INFORMATION: 828-387-3003

Rockin’ Family New Years Eve Bash

DATE: December 31st, 2010

TIME: 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Buckeye Recreation Center

DESCRIPTION: Ring in the New Year with an early evening with your little ones at Buckeye Recreation Center. We will provide dinner, a bounce house, games, music and a good time for the whole family. All of the fun of New Years, just without the late bedtime!

MORE INFORMATION: 828.387.3003.

It’s Festival Time in the High Country!

We’re approaching Autumn in the High Country and that mean one thing: FESTIVALS!  We have gathered a huge list of High Country Fall Festivals, in chronological order, with all the information you need to find them!

Fall Autumn Festivals High Country NC

These Festivals are included on our High Country Fall Festivals page (CLICK HERE for the full page)

  • Music on the Mountaintop
  • Grandfather Mountain Kidfest
  • Cover Creek Farm Heritage Days
  • Brushy Mountain Apple Festival
  • Beech Mountain Autumn at Oz Party
  • Autumn Leaves Festival (Mt. Airy)
  • Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest
  • Todd New River Festival
  • Valle Country FAir
  • Woolly Worm Festival
  • Valle Crucis “Punkin” Festival
  • Tweetsie Railroad Halloween Festival/ Ghost Train


Free Guided Hikes at Beech Mountain this Winter

The hikes range in length from 1.6 miles to 2 miles and take place on the mountain’s designated trails. Each session is led by a guide who is familiar with the trail, as well as the foliage and fauna unique to Beech Mountain.

The next hike is set for Friday, Nov. 27, on the Wild Iris Trail. After that, the remaining hikes take place on Tuesdays, 100_6861including:

  • Dec. 1 (Grass Gap Creek Trail)
  • Dec. 29 (Shawneehaw Overlook Trail)
  • Jan. 5 (Red Fox/Arrowhead Loop Trail)
  • Feb. 2 (Sassafras Trail)
  • March 2 (Smoketree Trail)

Each hike begins promptly at 9 a.m. and there is no cost to participate. Hikers are required to wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and dogs are not

For more information, visit or call (828) 387-3003..