Emerald Mountain Outback Trail is a 11.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Beech Mountain, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
Not as hard as I thought it would be!
Oz is open the first weekend of October and worth hiking during that time of year.
For those mountain bikers that really enjoy technical stuff, Beech Mountain Adventure Park is for you. Aside from the maze of roads you can ride all day, here are the trails. Be sure to pick up a trail map at the Town Hall before you set out! SECTION 1: SKI RESORT. These trails are downhillers following the slopes down to the bottom. A chairlift services these trails during the summer. Most of the bike races are held here. Most of these trails are closed November- May. SECTION 2: EMERALD OUTBACK. Emerald outback was the first phase to open for this bike park. There are 7 miles of trails here, but most are very root-laden. Trails use old roadbeds also, with great views along the Chamberlain's Loop trail. These trails make for a taxing ride, so train hard. If you choose to keep going- for a full day outing- take the Powerline trail to West Bowl. SECTION 3: WEST BOWL. This area is certainly a place for exploring, as only half of it is on the map. Furthermore, the Town of Beech mountain has not developed this area much yet. To make an entrance, speed demons can ride downhill by using the Super G trail. At the bottom, some trails intertwine, providing some exploration. GPS is recommended, since this area has not been covered and developed in full detail- yet. From here, you can paved take N. Pinnacle Ridge Rd. back up the hill and to the ski slopes where you started. A great place for adventurers. Terrain is moderate to strenuous.