The Emerald Outback @ Beech Mountain is a year-round destination for mountain bikers and hikers.
At 5,400 feet high in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, the Emerald Outback has more than 8 miles of intermediate to advanced trails. The trail system includes single-track and double-track trails, gravel logging trails, and fire roads.
The setting atop Beech Mountain is unlike that of any other trail park in the Southeast.
Wind-swept gnarly Beech trees, lush undergrowth and small streams form an emerald forest that inspired creation of the Land of Oz theme park, which operated nearby from 1970-80.
And, did we mention 100-mile vistas from scenic overlooks?
The Emerald Outback was built by the Town of Beech Mountain. It's free and open to the public seven days a week, with the trail head in the center of this resort town.
Lift access to the Emerald Outback is available for a fee Friday through Sunday via the chairlift at Beech Mountain Resort. The resort's lift includes trays to carry mountain bikes to the summit, with riders following closely behind in a tradition lift chair. Hikers are welcome to ride the lift as well.
Beech Mountain Resort also has a mountain biking park, thus providing bikers with two trail park options in one location.
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