A great system of trails that puts you on top of the world as you cruise around the very top of Beech Mountain, NC. Originally a system of old hiking trails that were simply open to bikes, the town of Beech Mountain invested significant resources to revamp this trail network to create a unique mountain biking experience - the highest mtb trail system east of the Rockies. The new and improved trail system re-opened on June 6th, 2015. if you haven't visited the trails in a few years, it's certainly worth a return trip.
The lift-accessible downhill trails at the adjacent Beech Mtn Ski Resort are definitely worth checking out as well. Emerald Outback trails are free, but a fee is required for the ski lift trails.
This loop takes you through the best sections of the trail system. Covering Oz Forest Run, Jackalope's Trail, Chamberlain's Loop, Northview, and the Southern Ridge Trail. Jackalope's Trail Southern Ridge are rated difficult, with some steep climbs and descents, sharp turns, and gnarled rooty sections. The rest of the trails are intermediate. Incredible views await - specifically on the Southern Ridge Trail!