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Welcome to Beech Mountain’s favorite hiking trail. On this easy, 1 mile nature trail, enjoy 15 education stations with information about creek life, trees, animals and wildflowers. Guides to this nature trail are located on the kiosks at the trailheads.
Built in the late 1960s, this trail was constructed so folks in Charter Hills could walk to the Lake Coffey recreation area. At Lake Coffey you can enjoy fishing (a NC Fishing License and trout stamp are required) or walking around the lake on its quarter mile paved/boardwalk trail.
If you want to hike down the trail, you would start this trail at Perry Park off Tamarack. There is a scenic picnic spot right next to a waterfall and also a pavilion with plenty of parking. Or you may wish to start at Lake Coffey and enjoy a picnic or fish from the floating dock and hike up the trail to Perry Park. The trail changes 371 feet in elevation
If you have not had enough hiking you may continue down to the Lower Pond Creek Trail section. It is much more strenuous and steeper and continues for another mile. Remember if you hike all the way down, you will exert more effort climbing back up the trail.
Each season brings change to the trail. Winter, when the ground is covered with snow, is a good time to look for animal tracks. Spring brings wild flowers, with the Trout Lily among the first to bloom. During late July and early August the rhododendron bloom in the shaded sections of the trail. When the leaves begin to turn in the fall, a walk down the trail can often scare up a wild turkey, white-tail deer, or grouse.