Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Beech Mountain is a resort town that’s famous for its ski resort. This popular mountain town sits in the northwestern corner of North Carolina along the border between this state and Tennessee. In the hills and valleys that surround the Beech Mountain area is a variety of communities waiting for visitors who want to come for hiking, skiing, and fishing. The Blue Ridge Mountain offers many activities for the outdoor lover. Of course, choosing the ideal location for your mountain vacation can be a challenging one so here’s a quick look at 9 Beech Mountain vacation rental locations.

1. Beech Mountain

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In the winter months, Beech Mountain fills up with families just like yours ready to hit the slopes on skis and snowboards. Beech Mountain Resort offers several ski trails so that there’s something for every level skier in your group. You can rent equipment at the resort or bring your own from home and keep it in the garage of your vacation rental. When you get up to the top of the mountain, stop at 5,506, a restaurant and bar with views for miles to enjoy a drink or grab a quick bite to eat.

2. Banner Elk

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Follow the twists and turns through the mountains from Beech Mountain to the town of Banner Elk. This town is a hot spot for vacation rentals because it sits as a halfway point between ski resorts, one at Beech Mountain and the other in Sugar Mountain. During the summer months, take the family out hiking in the surrounding mountains or schedule a trail ride at one of the local stables.

3. Sugar Mountain

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To the southeast of Beech Mountain is the other popular town for its ski resort, Sugar Mountain. Choose a condo close to the ski slopes or find a rustic cabin in the woods. In the winter months, the town is all about skiing, however, in the summer months, this area becomes a haven for hiking, biking, fishing, and climbing. Grandfather Mountain’s Profile Trail takes you at a steady and steep pace up the side of the mountain, but, your reward is stunning views at the top.

4. Elk Valley

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After enjoying the scenic drive down the mountain to Banner Elk, drive in a northwest direction along Highway 194 to the small yet charming town of Elk Valley. Biking, hiking, and fishing will shortly become your favorite past times when you choose a vacation rental in this town. While in town, spend an afternoon exploring the local shops to find a unique souvenir to take home or stop in for a meal at one of the local restaurants. Visit Flat Top Brewing Company to try out some of their craft beers and enjoy a meal with your family.

5. Seven Devils

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After passing through Banner Elk and Sugar Mountain, make your way to the mountain community of Seven Devils, where you and your family can rest and relax with a cabin in the woods. If you love the snow, but skiing isn’t your thing, then check out Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline. You can enjoy the zip line all year long as you soar above the trees. Your youngest children will love sliding down the hills in an inner tube.

6. Linville

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From Sugar Mountain, drive south along Highway 105 along the edge of Grandfather Mountain State Park until you reach Linville. You and your family can go hiking, biking, rocking climbing, and caving in one of the three local parks, Grandfather Mountain State Park, Cherokee National Forest, and Pisgah National Forest. In Grandfather Mountain State Park enjoy a 12-mile hike that includes the challenge of traversing a mile-high swinging bridge.

7. Valle Crucis

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East of Beech Mountain is the village of Valle Crucis, where your family can slow down and reconnect. This small town offers easy access to hiking, fishing, and biking catch up on the local gossip at the little general store in town. Take the family thrill seekers to Sky Valley Zip Tours so they can soar through the air while the rest of you watch safely from the ground. At Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, you and your family can try your luck at panning for gold.

8. Flat Springs

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Enjoy the small town feel when you stay in the small community of Flat Springs. While away your days hiking, horseback riding, biking, and grilling fish you catch in the local streams. Depending on the time of year, you might be able to spend a day at Land Of Oz Theme Park. This defunct theme park opens to the public several times a year to visit the remains.

9. Sugar Grove

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To the northeast of Beech Mountain sits the community of Sugar Grove, where your family can settle into a rustic cabin in the woods or a luxury log home. For a unique experience, load the family in the car and gasp in delight at the scenery as you cruise along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Along the parkway are hiking paths and scenic overlooks, where the family can stretch their legs. At mile marker 271.9, follow the informative signs around a mile long loop that include a stunning waterfall.