Town of Beech Mountain, Parks and Recreation Department
Buckeye Buzz -  July 2015
Message from the Staff

Summertime is here, and Buckeye is bursting at the seams with things to do for all ages! Bring the family for a day on Buckeye Lake and rent a canoe, kayak, or the brand new pedaboat. Make sure you check out our trails and the newly renovated Emerald Outback trails.


We look forward to seeing you down at Buckeye. For more information or to find out about volunteering for any of the events/activities in this Buzz, please call the Buckeye Recreation Center at (828) 387-3003.


- BRC Staff
Coming Up - A Cool 5 Weekend
Don't forget to register for the upcoming "Cool 5"!

The weekend starts on Friday, June 19th! The day before the races, we will be having the Buck-a-Thon fundraiser from 2-7pm in which participants pledge a dollar for each lap they complete on the Buckeye Recreation outdoor walking track. Kids' Popsicle Relay starts at 4pm on the field outside the Recreation Center, and is FREE for kids!


The "coolest" event of the night is the Taste of Beech! From 5-7 pm, the local restaurants on the mountain will be gathering at the Recreation Center for a night full of great food samples, coupons, and menus. This food-driven event is FREE for all Cool 5 runners, and only a "cool" $5 for community members.




All races begin at 8:30am on Saturday morning at the Beech Mountain Town Hall. The "Cool 5" mile race is challenging with many scenic parts, while the 1.5 mile Fun Run is perfect for families and strollers. Bring your furry friend for our 1.5 mile Walk and Wag, which ends at Town Hall, and is followed by a party in the Bark Park to cool down! This is a great weekend to bring the family together for some outdoor activities during June, Family Fun Month on Beech!


Thank you to all of our 2015 Sponsors:


Modern Subaru of Boone

Appalachian Regional Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine

Stickboy Bread Company

Beech Mountain Club

My Best Friends Barkery


Action Realty

Creekside Electronics, INC.

Holland Realty

G&K Services

SkyLine SkyBest

Edward Jones

Superlative Realty

Bella's Neighborhood Italian Restaurant

Robert and Gloria Alge

Urs and Darcy Gsteiger

The Cool Carr Family

Fred's Mercantile


A-1 Discount

Ericks Cheese and Wine

Jimmy Johns 

Sheherezade Designs, INC.

Hibbett Sports

Harris Teeter

Puerto Nuevo Mexican & Seafood Restaurant

Lowes Foods

Mast General Store

Beechwood Realty

Emerald Realty and Rentals


Race times are organized by race - "Cool 5" mile first, 1.5 mile Fun Run next, and the 1.5 mile Walk and Wag participants finish up the morning. All races start at Beech Mountain Town Hall. Be sure to head to Fred's Gazebo for award ceremonies and snacks after the races! Adult registration for the 5-mile run is $25, and $30 on race day. Entry fees for the Fun Run/Walk and the Walk & Wag are $20 before day of race and $25 day of race. Youth registration (12 and under) is $10 for all races. Kids are FREE for Friday events.


REGISTRATION IS OPEN ONLINE at! Take a look at the schedule of activities, race routes, and register TODAY for this family-fun weekend.


Visit our Parks and Recreation Site at or, call us at (828) 387-3003.

Also, keep up with us on Facebook! Buckeye Recreation Center Facebook.


Summer Family-Fun Events

Get out your fishing gear and get ready for the annual Kiddie Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 27th!
Save the date, and bring the kids down to Lake Coffey for a nice morning of fishing from 9am - noon. This is a FREE event for kids under the age of 12. The lake will be stocked, and will be ready to fish. We encourage you to bring your own fishing gear. Limited poles and tackle will be available.
For more information, please call (828) 387-3003, and visit
Join us on July 4th!
Buckeye Recreation Center will be having a 4th of July Celebration from noon - 2pm. Let's gather as a community for some yummy free hot dogs, drinks, and ice pops. Bring a side to share, and be ready to have some family fun! Please RSVP to the BRC with the dish that you plan to bring. Games and acitivies will be set up outside for kids of all ages. Be sure to come down to Buckeye to start your July 4th off right!
Summer Camp

Each week campers will explore new adventures and fun activities. Kids will practice outdoor survival skills, learn how to fish, try different sports, experience scenic hikes, bike down several mountain biking trails, take field trips, and so much more!
We know there are many wonderful things to do in the mountains as a family, and we don't want to lock campers into a full week of camp... so we have designed our registration so that kids can chose to come for a day, a few days, or they can stay for the whole week! Although we will warn parents...once campers visit us for the's hard to keep them away!
The first day of camp is June 22. Camp will run until July 31st. Monday-Friday 9 am - 3 pm. Extended hours are available from 3 - 5 pm. Register online, and download the camp schedule at www.beechrecreation.orgCall (828) 387-3003 for more information. 
Emerald Outback Grand Re-Opening

We couldn't have asked for a better day for the Emerald Outback Grand Re-Opening. Sun was out and a nice breeze filled the mountain air as the ribbon ceremony commenced and the trails were officially open t the public. Guests were given the option to free ride, or register for a guided hike or bike ride. Thanks to our hiking guides, Sean McNay and Kelsey Stines, our guests were shown the beauty of Beech! The guided bike rides included several of our most popular trails, a combination of over 3 miles. Thank you to Paul Stahlschmidt and Doug and Matthew Owen for guiding our bikers safely around the trails, and donating many prizes for the kids.


Our wonderful sponsors and organizations donated many prizes that were raffled off including: CamelBak waterproof pack covers and a bottle cage from Boone Bike & Touring, many pairs of DeFeet socks, and a large bike rack from Cool Breezy Cyclery in Charlotte.


Congrats to Patrick O'Neal on winning the bike rack

This entire event came together with the help of Tim Johnson from the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Remember, the trails are open daily to the public, at your own risk. Bring a water bottle and a new EMO map when you explore these new trails!


Fitness News

Spin at 5506 with Kate!


Attention Spinners: Buckeye Rec. is teaming up with the Beech Mountain Resort for our spin kick-off class at 5506' Sky Bar!


Join Kate on Thursday, June 25th at 10am for a FREE spin class with a beautiful panoramic view! Parking is at the top of the slope. Please RSVP to save a bike for yourself. Call us at (828) 387-3003 with any questions. Watch for more possible class dates! This class is weather permitting.




Yoga Comes Back to Buckeye


Join our Yoga instructor, Jordan, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11am - noon at the BRC for some easy flow Yoga. Not only is it a great practice for stress-relief, balance, and stability, but it's also useful for sore backs, tight hamstrings, and digestion! Come relax and unwind. Mats, blocks, and straps are available for use. Free for members, $5 for non-members.


In This Issue
 Operating Hours
Mon. - Sat. 8:30 am - 8 pm
Sunday, 12 pm - 6 pm
 Access to Fitness Room avaliable 24 / 7 for pass members
Wellness Tip of the Month


Stretching is Important! 

Add stretching to your routine, here are a few reasons why

  • Decrease Stiffness
  • Prevent Injury
  • Improve Posture
  • Manage Stress
  • Promotes Circulation

If you do not want to stretch on your own come down to Buckeye and our staff will help you out. 



Click on the July Calendar for new classes!



Town Talk  
Join your friends and community members at Town Hall from 7-9pm on these select dates for the town Street Dances:
July 17th
August 21st
September 4th
Enjoy music, friendship, and fun on top of the mountain!
2015 Photo Contest
Click image for contest rules.
The Photo Contest last year was so sucessful that we are doing it again! Starting June 1, 2015. Send Kate your photos from around the mountain.

Welcome Summer Staff

We are happy to welcome more new Summer staff members and camp counselors to join us for the exciting summer ahead!


Logan Ramirez


Hey! I am Logan Ramirez! I live in Boone, while I am attending Appalachian State University. I am currently a senior, studying Recreation Management with a Concentration in Outdoor Experimental Education. A degree in this field will help me prepare to work with at-risk kids, teaching them leadership, service, and the value of community through outdoor activities. I come from a small town called Roanoke Rapids, in North Carolina. I enjoy playing soccer, hiking, and swimming during the summer! This is my first time working at Buckeye Recreation Center, but I am grateful for the opportunity and cannot wait to meet everyone!


 Ann Marie Simmons  


Hi, I'm Ann Marie. I'm originally from Florida, and I plan on majoring in International Business at Appalachian State. Super excited to be a camp counselor at Buckeye Recreational Center! I love outdoor activities and doing crafts in my free time.


BUZZ Photos
Emerald Outback Grand Re-Opening 
Staff members, Logan and Riley, working registration!
Sean gearing up to guide a bike ride through the Emerald Outback.
Rory Ellington announces the changes made to the trail system.
Thank you to DeFeet for donating socks!
Tables full of raffle goodies.

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate the re-opening of the trails!

Guided Summer Hikes

Guided hikes usually last 2-3 hours depending on length of trail. Be sure to bring water and comfortable hiking shoes. Feel free to call Buckeye with any questions.

Water Fleet


Canoe, kayak, and pedalboat rentals are FREE at the Recreation Center! Be sure to come down and bring a lunch, stay for the day, and paddle away!





We need You!
The Parks & Recreation Department is planning a very active summer full of events, parties and celebrations.  If you are interested in joining the Volunteer Team, give us a call at 828 387-3003! When you volunteer, you recieve a new shirt!
If you would like to volunteer for the Cool 5 Weekend, these shirts are available at the Recreation Center. Ask Kate, Sean, or Jordan for more information!



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