Mountain Bikers Cruise the  Emerald Outback
Town of Beech Mountain, Parks and Recreation Department
Buckeye Buzz - August 2014

Message from the Staff

We have been experiencing non-stop fun at Buckeye this summer.  Take a look at the Buzz photos and you will see what we mean.  Even though we are nearing summer's end, there's still time to jump into the action.


For example, you could grab your camera this weekend and take a picture to enter in to the photo contest.  Or round up the furry member of your family and enter the Dog Show.  Or just come to the show and cheer on all our tail-wagging friends.  Please read on for details about everything you can enjoy before summer 2014 is just a memory!


For more info about any of the events/activities in the Buzz, please call the Buckeye Recreation Center at (828) 387-3003.

Special Events and Happenings

Calling All Dog Lovers!


Celebrating your furry friend has never been easier!  All you have to do to register for our annual community Dog Show is pick up a form from Fred's, the Visitor's Center or Buckeye and you and your pup will be on your way!  The show proceeds go to beautifying the Bark Park. 

Do you recognize these best friends?
Not only will you get to be part of a show, but you will also be treated to one!  This year we will have a demonstration by the amazing Blue Ridge Bernese Mountain Dog Club. Join us from 9 am to 11 am this Saturday, July 26th, for a day of tail-wagging good times!  Entry fee for one dog is $20 and two dogs, $30.  Attending the show is FREE!

                            Click Here to Print Entry Form!
Day of show registration is from 8 - 8:30 at the Bark Park.  Print your form and fill it out to speed up registration.  For more information, contact the Buckeye Recreation Center at 828.387.3003.
Special Events and Happenings
Take the Shot - Deadline Extended to July 28th!



We have aleady received lots of great entries for our first annual Beauty of Beech Photo Contest and we want more!  Send your snaps of flora/fauna, vistas, sports/action shots, community service, waterfalls, and family activites to for a chance to see your artwork framed and displayed in Town Hall for an entire year!  Full contest rules can be found at or by calling Leanne Castro at 828-387-3003.
Special Event Recap

Families Enjoy Stars, Stripes, and Hot Dogs!


Warm weather and a schedule of fun events and yummy treats were just a few highlights of Buckeye's 4th of July Independence Day Celebration. Children enjoyed everything from sack races to a monster kickball game against the parents.  Some were even lucky enough to be the first to break in Buckeye's new fleet of bikes and sporty helmets. Families challenged each other to games of cornhole and ladderball and soccer balls were flying across the field. The rope and log playground was filled to the brim and all our young picnickers received ribbons and awards for participating in all the festivities. When the families weren't competing in our many games, they were relaxing with delicious hot dogs, ice pops, and lemonade. Thanks to all our volunteers and the Buckeye Staff for cooking and serving up the grub for our wonderful guests.


Sacks of fun under blue skies.
Little guy plays with BIG monster ball.
Special Event Recap

Residents Give Thanks to Veterans


Patriotism and gratitude were the orders of the day at the town's Veterans' Celebration on Saturday, July 12th.  There were, of course, also more edible orders of the day like the hot crab dip, meatballs, asparagus tips, cupcakes, brownies, and pie that the residents brought to share.  Not even rainy weather could keep our guests away from honoring our heroes.  


Alan Brister, a retired Colonel who served from 1944 - 1975, reflected on his experiences from the Korean War. The group especially enjoyed Alan's "missle rider" story and had a chance to view his medals and ribbons. Congratulations to Kim and Kathy Barley for winning the $50 gift certificate to the Alpen Inn. 


If you did not get a chance to join us, we will be having the event in July again next year. Big thanks to Event Chairman Alan Holcombe and his committee (Barbara Piquet, Rick Miller, Reub Mooradian, Darcy and Urs Gsteiger) for organizing this tribute.



Favorite Places: Emerald Outback Adventure Trails
Have you noticed the dramatic increase in autos topped with mountain bikes heading up Beech Mountain? Well, more will be on the way once the newly redesigned Emerald Outback (EMO) Adventure Trail System is completed this fall. In 2013, the town was awarded a $75,000 State Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant to improve and expand the 8 plus miles of adventure trails. National Champion Mountain Biker Todd Branham, of Long Cane Trails was selected to head up the project. His firm has designed several other well-known regional mountain bike parks including DuPont State Forest and Broken Mountain Trails, both in North Caolina.


The majority of the project will be completed just in time for the USA Cycling Collegiate Nationals in October. And the trails are not just for cyclist...the EMO is a great place for hiking too. The overlooks have some of the most breath-taking views on the mountain and the fern forest and dense vegetation are not to be missed. Not all trails on the EMO are currently under construction. Please consult the EMO kiosks for the most updated information and thanks for staying off the trails while they are under construction. For your safety, please follow the instructional signs posted. The next issue of the Buzz will include a link to the new EMO Hike/Bike Map. Please read the Buzz for an invite to the EMO Grand Opening Celebration.

Resort Hosts Pro Moutain Bike Race
Racers relax on EMO Trails after an exciting day of competition.
Bikes, bikes, and more bikes!  Beech Mountain Resort hosted the PRO - GRT Downhill Mountain Bike Series for the first time this past weekend.  The event drew world cup riders from California, Utah, Oregon, Arizona and even Columbia.  Events like the PRO - GRT showcase the bike mecca we are building on Beech Mountain.  Riders noted both the number of spectators watching the event and the challenging course.
Please click on the link below for some awesome photos and in-depth coverage of this exciting event.  Individuals interested in find out more about mountain biking can contact the Resort at 828-387-2011.  Buckeye Rec Center also has some children's loaner bikes with helmets and we are always happy to provide you with information about our hiking and biking trails.


Thanks to Jay Schultz for all of his dazzling pictures of the race!    


New Digs for Beech Mountain History Museum
It is time to travel back in time.  On Beech Mountain, we don't need the help of Doc Brown and a DeLorean in order to explore the past. Thanks to hard work of the Beech Mountain Historical Society, our DeLorean comes in the form of a history museum located across from Fred's.  It features an impressive Cherokee Indian exhibit (complete with arrowhead collection), as well as all sorts of artifacts dating back to the town's origins.  Stop by between 1pm and 4pm Wednesday through Sunday to learn all about this place we call home.  Entrance to the museum is FREE.
In This Issue
 Summer Operating Hours
Monday - Saturday 8:30am - 8pm
Sunday, noon - 6pm
Click on the link above to view
 the Buckeye Recreation
Fitness Calendar.
Wellness Tip of the Month
With the colder months approaching, it will soon be time to head indoors for exercise.  Get in the cycle of indoor exercise by trying out one of Buckeye's spin classes!  Some of the many benefits of spin class include:

Low Impact on Joints: Stationary bikes allow you to train your muscles without shock impact.  In fact, they are so joint-friendly that they are often used in knee and ACL rehab programs.


Control: Stationary bikes allow you to control both your balance and your resistance.  You can make the ride however strenuous or easy you want and you can be sure you will not fall.


Fun: With music playing, spin class is just plain fun! 



Come and take a spin with our new instructor Kate Prisco.  Check out the Fitness Schedule for class times.




  Member  of the Month



It comes as no surprise that Hal LeRoy is a man dedicated to his fitness.  Hailing from New Smyrna Beach, he has been teaching physical education for the past 32 years.  He visits Beech in the summer and winter, spending his time spinning, running, lifting weights, and working on his core.  We love seeing him come in every day for spin classes or to take the stationary bike outside and pedal with a view.  Hal always has an encouraging word for the staff and other guests working out.  We look forward to your winter visit, Hal!


  Welcome to the Team




Kelsey Stines was born and raised in Newland, North Carolina. She is a recent graduate of Lees McRae College, where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Biology. She loves being outdoors where she can enjoy the native plants and animals. Her greatest goal is to be a wildlife biologist for the state of NC and to remain in the mountains that she knows and loves. Her favorite hobbies include fishing, hunting and drawing wildlife. Kelsey has been helping lead the guided hikes and keeping all the trails and parks looking great.  Thanks Kelsey and welcome to the Buckeye Team.


Camp Photos
Look out, world!  6-year-old camper Lauren is the new fire chief in town.


Campers fearlessly paddled through Class 2 and 3 white water rapids and jumped off 20-foot high rocks during a trip down Watauga River in Tennessee.


Campers relax after a hike up Grandfather Mountain.  It rocked.


They're on top of the world!  The best B.E.S.T. kids ever have been a huge help this summer.



Thomas gets a taste of a life of crime by being handcuffed during a tour of the  Beech Mountain Police Station.  Thank you to the officers for showing our campers around.



Chief Pudney shows Emma the firefighting ropes.  Our campers are ready to save the day!
Name That Plant

According to our resident flora expert Kelsey Stines, this red flower found in front of Buckeye is called a crocosmia, which translates to Lucifer.  You might hear locals call it Birds of Paradise because of the way the petals spread.  They also make it look like it is flying.  When the flower dies, you can plant the seeds to grow a new Lucifer plant.  Despite its name, it is a very pretty, vibrant plant!  Should you stumble upon any mysterious beauties like this one and would like us to let you know what it is called, email Sean McNay at:

Town Talk
Don't miss the Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department Dinner Dance for Major Donors
The Beech Mountain Club
Saturday August 2nd, 6:30 pm.
For more info:  (828) 387-4747.
Your donations not only earn you entrance to the dinner and dance, they also help provide the Fire Department with the tools they need to train and practice more effectively.  Help keep your town safe!
We need You!
Do you enjoy volunteering?  Give us a call at (828) 387-3003.
Town of Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department

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