The Buckeye Buzz

April 2016
Message from the Director:
As summer approaches I am thrilled to see familiar faces on the mountain and the hustle and bustle of the town. We have some great new offerings for this summer and hope you can join us in a fitness class, outdoor nature program, hike, special event, or camp. New and exciting trips and activities await our summer campers. We have been working hard for our outdoor offerings and providing special programs to better serve our community and present the natural beauty of Beech to everyone. Be on the lookout for an all new weekend event on Beech Mountain in July. This one you won't want to miss.
Town Birthday Party
Join us, Sunday May 1st from 1-3pm to celebrate our town's 35th birthday. Visit with friends and neighbors and enjoy a pot-luck lunch.

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Easter Recap
On Saturday March 26, 2016 Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation hosted our annual Hoppy Easter Celebration at Buckeye Recreation Center! Games, activities, egg hunt, book reading, and a light breakfast were all provided to our participants. There were close to 300 attendees, which was double our attendance last year! In 2017 we hope to see the numbers grow even more so we can provide a more dynamic Easter Celebration for the community

Thank you to the volunteers who decided to contribute their valuable holiday time for this free community event. And a special thanks to Lowes Foods, Fred's General Mercantile, and Famous Brick Oven Pizzeria for their generous donations and support. We hope you enjoyed our celebration even more than we did, and join us again next year to see Peter Cottontail when he's back in town!
A Cool 5 Weekend
June 11, 2016

Registration is now open for the 9th annual A Cool 5 Race!  Join us on Beech Mountain for a race with options for any age or skill level.  We offer three different races: The 5 mile, 1.5 mile walk/ run, and the pet friendly 1.5 mile walk and wag. 

The race has grown to incorporate the entire weekend.  Friday kicks off with "A Taste of Beech", where the restaurants on Beech bring a sample of their menu for you to try. Racers receive FREE entry, and the public can pay a "cool" $5 to enter.  Also on Friday we will offer a FREE Kids' Popsicle Relay Race starting at 4:30p. 

Saturday, ALL races start at 8 am sharp, with an awards ceremony and food to follow.  Sunday rounds out our weekend with a FREE pass to Buckeye if you were a racer in the Saturday events. 
A Cool 5 Weekend offers fun for everyone.  To learn more visit or call 828-387-3003.
Outdoor Recreation
Outdoor Recreation Program
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With the introduction to our NEW Wild Flower hikes (see below) we have kick started our outdoor programming. We will have new offerings each week so be sure to check out the calendar as we update and add more programs. We will also be offering special group programs for school trips, civic groups, and all families interested. If you would like to sign up for a particular program give us a call. For full list and descriptions of programs click here

Weekly Wildflower Walks:  April: 22nd, 29th
April 22 (Friday) - 11am
April 29 (Friday) - 11am
Come for one, come for all.  Each week we'll experience a new set of blooms as our spring wildflowers emerge on Beech Mountain.  Each hike departs from the Buckeye Recreation Center, and we'll caravan to the trailheads together.  Our next hike on April 14th will feature the blooms and views of the Emerald Mountain Outback trails.  Please remember to dress in layers, wear shoes appropriate for hiking, and bring water/light snack. 
Our last hike on the Wild Iris Trail wasn't dampened by an early spring cold snap.  Our delicate-looking flowers proved their hardiness despite the graupel (see the word of the month) and snow.  We were treated to the blooms of Carolina spring beauties, carpets of cutleaf toothwort, halberd-leaf yellow violets, and trout lily leaves were just starting to pop. New flowers are emerging each week so make sure to see them all!

 Please contact with questions or call 828.387.3003. 

Spring is here, join a class and get motivated to move!

April / May Schedule

Yoga Pose -

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog) 

This beginner pose helps with:
  • Calms the brain and relieves stress and mild depression
  • Energizes the body
  • Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands
  • Strengthens the arms and legs
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
  • Relieves menstrual discomfort when done with head supported
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis
  • Improves digestion
  • Relieves headache, insomnia, back pain, and fatigue
  • Therapeutic for high blood pressure, asthma, flat feet, sciatica, sinusitis

How to perform:

Begin on hands and knees with knees directly below your hips and your hands slightly forward of your shoulders. Spread palms and tuck toes under. Exhale and lift your knees from the floor. At first keep knees slightly bent and heels lifted. Lengthen your tailbone up, lifting the sitting bones towards the ceiling. With your next exhalation push your top thighs back and stretch your heel onto or down towards the floor. Straighten your knees, but do not lock them. Keep pressing the index and palm actively into the floor. Keep the head between the upper arms; don't let it hang.
Stay in pose for 1-3 minutes, then bend your knees to the floor with an exhalation and rest in Child's Pose.

To practice more Yoga Join us for class every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 - 11 AM

Summer Guided Hikes
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Our summer is stacking up with several outdoor offerings. A favorite on Beech Mountain is our FREE guided hikes. Be sure to check your calendar and make sure you join us on one of our hikes!


Any questions or concerns please call (828)387-3003
Town Talk
Code Red
Coffee with a cop is designed to explain an enhancing community policing program. Bi-weekly meetings will be held to address concerns and work together on solutions. Beech Mountain Police Department is dedicated to provided the best assistance and community awareness they can. Be sure to come enjoy a "Cup of Joe" with our wonderful Police.

Trail of the Month
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This month we recommend hiking the Southern Ridge trail in the Emerald Outback trail system.  Wild flowers are beginning to bloom, and you can see the green from the valleys making its way up the mountain.  With three breathtaking overlooks, it is a trail everyone can enjoy.    
Word of the Month
English /ˈɡraʊpəl
Graupel forms when snow in the atmosphere encounters supercooled water. In a process known as accretion, ice crystals form instantly on the outside of the snow and accumulate until the original snowflake is no longer visible or distinguishable.
The coating of these ice crystals on the outside of the snow is called a rime coating. The size of graupel is typically under 5 millimeters, but some graupel can be the size of a quarter (coin).
To tell the difference between graupel and hail, you simply have to touch a graupel ball. Graupel pellets typically fall apart when touched or when they hit the ground. Hail is formed when layers of ice accumulate and are very hard as a result.  Beech encountered graupel in April.  
Special Thanks

 Thank you to everyone at the TDA. Because of your generous contribution we were able to fully replace a bridge in much needed help and keep our trails open to visitors and looking great.

Hikers and visitor be sure to check out Pond Creek trail. The trail follows the creek through quiet woods and even has a few historic railroad sections.
Thank you again!
Stump the Jumper

Saw something interesting while hiking on Beech? A curious critter you couldn't identify? Need tips and suggestions for the
outdoor life?  
Ask away to Outdoor Specialist Amanda Smithson and your question could be featured in the next Buckeye Buzz edition.
We look forward to your submissions!
Coming in May
May 21, the return of the Metric
2016 Summer Camp
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Kiddo Fishing Derby!

Our Annual Kiddo Fishing Derby returns to Beech Mountain this year on June 4th! Be sure to get your tackle and rods ready for a great time on Lake Coffey. Open to ages 12 and under. Hooks drop at 9am.
Be a Volunteer!
We need you to help with all of the events here at Buckeye.  If interested please call 828-387-3003
Contact Us
Buckeye Recreation Center 
1330 Pine Ridge Road
Beech Mountain, NC 28604

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