June 2016
Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation is in full swing! It is great to see so many familiar faces and new friends alike. We have already seen some of the highest summer camp attendance numbers for our first week and look forward to many more. Our NatuRally Beech weekend is a new event that is sure to be great fun and educational for everyone. Fitness classes are growing each summer and this year is no different, our instructors put on some great courses. Come see us and let us get you outdoors, recreating on Beech Mountain.

Upcoming Events

NatuRallly Beech Weekend
July 2 - 3

On Saturday and Sunday, July 2nd and 3rd the Town of Beech Mountain will host its first Annual NatuRally Beech Weekend.  This naturalist-rally style event will feature naturalist and expert-led programs, hikes, and workshops on our local environment. 

All programs and hikes with the exception of the Beech Creek Bog Hike will take place at/begin from the Buckeye Recreation Center, 1330 Pine Ridge Road, Beech Mountain NC 28604. Bog Hike will depart from the EMO Baselot, across from Beech Mountain Town Hall.

***Fred's Deli will be providing bagged lunches for the event. Choices include a garden salad for $6 (please request dressing), a turkey & swiss sandwich on wheat, or a roast beef & American on white for $5.50.  Sandwiches come with a bag of chips and a cookie.  Please contact the recreation center with your meal request and payment no later than Friday, July 1st at 4:00 pm if you would like to reserve a lunch.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Amanda Smithson at 828-387-3003 or email at recassistant@townofbeechmountain.com.

4th of July Carnival

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Monday July 4th meet us at Buckeye Recreation Center from 12 - 2 pm for carnival style games, dunk tank, food and much more!  This family event is FREE, for more information or to RSVP call 828-387-3003 or email dputnam@townofbeechmountain.com 

Camp Buckeye
Meet the Couselors
From Left to right: Sabrina Uvenile, Madison
Popfinger, David Putnam (Camp Director), and Angela Pena.

Riley Pudney
Hi my name is Riley and I am a counselor at Buckeye.  I live on the mountain and enjoy playing sports and being outside.  I've been a counselor for 3 years and I play softball at Emory and Henry college. 

Angie Pena 
Hey everyone!  I'm Angela!  When I'm not a counselor at Buckeye I love to spend my time hiking and exploring nature.  During winter you can find me on the mountain snowboarding.  

Sabrina Uvanile
I'm a counselor at Buckeye this summer. Past summers I've been a camper, so I hope to make camp as fun for the campers as it was for me.  I like to run, take photos of nature and hike.  Let's have some fun at camp

Madison Popfinger
Hi my name is Madison and I am a counselor this year, but I am truly a camper at heart.  My favorite subjects are  English and History, and I hope to enrich your child's summer. 

It's not to late to join!
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Join now!  Camp Buckeye offers Weekly camp and day camp depending on your schedule. Here at Camp Buckeye we are more than ready to accommodate your child's needs for outdoor activity and education. Camp Buckeye is an outdoor adventure camp that focuses on outdoor education, and utilizing all of the resources the high country has to offer in an exciting and fun way. Campers will participate in a variety of activities such as: sailing, fishing, climbing, camp fire cooking, biking, orienteering, and much more! Come see why Camp Buckeye on Beech Mountain is a great way to spend your summer.

"We're really excited to implement an assortment of new recreational activities and field trips for our campers!"
- David Putnam: Recreation Coordinator
Camp Buckeye offers two separate summer camp programs. Our standard camp is for ages 5-12 ($30 per day or $125/week). The second is our new and exciting Junior Counselor Leadership Program for ages 13-16 ($50/week). J.C.L.P. is designed to give our campers more opportunities that involve responsibility and community outreach. These campers also collect volunteer hours for required clubs and extracurricular organizations! 

Both camps operate 9:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Friday, starting June 20th and ending July 29th.

For more information and a weekly itinerary, please visit 

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact David Putnam at 828-387-3003 or email at

Outdoor Recreation
Outdoor Recreation Programs:
Please contact recassistant@townofbeechmountain.com with questions or call 828.387.3003. 
Summer fitness schedule will be June - August. 

Summer Schedule

Personal Training - 

Refer a Friend - 
Refer a friend to sign up for a PT package and you will receive a free session off your package deal.  Our certified and experienced trainer is here to help you tone up, gain strength and muscle. Ask Kate or Jared about this deal! 

F.I.T. Club
Register NOW!

Fit club is a 4 1/2 week program beginning July 6th - August 5th, that will help you make healthy lifestyle changes.  F.I.T. Club will have a schedule of events for you to attend that will help guide you towards a healthy happy life.  For more information call 828-387-3003 or email kprisco@townofbeechmountain.com

Buckeye Fitness Challenge

Plank Leaderboard:

1. Pam Marshall - 7.07
2. Nancy Snapp - 4.00
3. Tyler DeReamer - 3.03

July's Challenge - Sit and Reach

Pickleball Fridays -

Never heard of pickleball?? You are missing out.  Meet us from 4:30 - 6:30pm every Friday to learn how to play Pickleball!  Already know how to play?  That is fine too, we rotate playing with everyone!

Spin the Tour with Buckeye

 Beginning July 5 Instructor Patience will be leading a spin class along with the riders of the Tour de France.  This is for ages 16+ and any skill level.  Class begins at 8 am and is $5 for non pass holders of Buckeye Recreation. 

Any Fitness questions email kprisco@townofbeechmountain.com.
Event Recap
Kiddo Fishing Derby

Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation started off the month of June with the Kiddo Fishing Derby.  This is the most successful derby in years.  Every kid caught numerous fish, and the weather was beautiful.  Buckeye thanks Peter Patton for his years of service for this event. We also thank Fred's General Mercantile for providing hot dogs for our hungry fishermen.  We cannot wait to see all the anglers for next year's derby.

Buckeye Bonfire
"With a Lakeside Cookout"

New this summer was our Buckeye Bonfire. This was a great event for visitors and families to meet and socialize over the bonfire by Buckeye Lake. We had over 60 guests attend our Buckeye Bonfire. The weather made for a perfect evening outside near the lake. Toasting marshmallows for s'mores, canoe rides and campfire stories were a few fun activities. 

Cool 5 Weekend
It was wonderful to see so many people support A Cool 5 Race at the Taste of Beech "Italian Night".  We had a great menu, and many of the food items were donated by restaurants on Beech including: Fred's Deli, Fast Eddies, Brick Oven, Alpen Inn, and Beech Mountain Club.  Thanks to all who came and donated.  

We had beautiful weather for A Cool 5 Race this year, and a fun crowd to enjoy it with.  Buckeye and TDA want to thank all who participated and volunteered.  We had many sponsors of "A Cool 5 Race" who made the race amazing.  
Thank you Volunteers! Without you 
A Cool 5 would not be possible.
Summer Guided Hikes

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!

Next Hike July 7 @10am

Any questions or concerns please call (828)387-3003

Trail of the Month
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This month we recommend hiking Falls Trail.  With family and visitors coming in this month this trail is a moderate 1 mile hike.  Normally this is a loop, but due to the Water Plant construction the trail is a down and back hike.  It still goes in front of the waterfall. be sure to send us your hiking pictures to be featured in next month's Buzz to buckeyerec@townofbeechmountain.com 

Town Talk
Annual Hog Roast
This Saturday the Beech Mountain Chamber will have their annual Hog Roast event on July 2nd starting at 6pm till 8pm. Fireworks to follow.

Cost is $17.50 per adult and $10 for kids ages 8 and under.
Word of the Month
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An inexpensive, non-toxic example of a non-Newtonian fluid is a suspension of starch (e.g. cornstarch) in water, sometimes called "Oobleck," "ooze," or "magic mud" (1 part of water to 2 parts of corn starch).  Uncooked cornflour has the same properties. The name "oobleck" is derived from the Dr. Seuss book Bartholomew and the Oobleck.

Because of its properties, oobleck is often used in demonstrations that exhibit its unusual behavior. A person may walk on a large tub of oobleck without sinking due to its shear thickening properties, given the individual moves quickly enough to provide enough force with each step to cause the thickening. Also, if oobleck is placed on a large sub-woofer driven at a sufficiently high volume, it will thicken and form standing waves in response to low frequency sound waves from the speaker, not to mention endless hours of fun for kids to play with!

(Courtesy of wikipedia.com)
How well do you know Beech Mountain?

We want to see how well you know your Beech Mountain. Each month we will post a photo on the mountain and it is up to you to figure out where we are. This is an opportunity to get out and explore the mountain. 
You must take your own photo at that location and submit them to us for your chance to win. Winners will be announced each month in the Buzz.

Where is the Outdoor Rec. Crew at?
email photos to:
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!
System Update

 We are in the process of updating our check in system.  We ask that if you are a current member please stop by the front desk so that we may check your information.  Thank you!
XTERRA  Beech Mountain

Xterra is coming to Beech Mountain, Sunday July 29th. For more info or to register CLICK HERE.
Beech Mountain Club

Lace up your running shoes!  
Beech Mountain Club is having a 5K and 1.5 mile fun walk/ run on 
August 13, 2016.  
Summer Fitness Calendar
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Keep your eye's and ear's out for additional special location classes!
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

Cool 5 2016 Sponsors

The Gsteiger Family

The Piquet Family

The Iles Family



Huge thanks to all companies and individuals who helped make A Cool 5 happen!

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