BEECH MOUNTAIN — At its March 10 Beech Mountain Town Council Meeting, the council members unanimously approved a contract bid to pave Buckeye Creek Road at a cost of $685,000. The project will be funded entirely by the Town of Beech Mountain. This project has been part of the town’s long-term comprehensive plan for more than 10 years. The paving should be complete by early this summer.
“This is a huge step for Beech Mountain and will open up many areas to easier access,” stated Mayor Barry Kaufman. “Our residents and visitors will now have a quicker way to travel to communities on and off the mountain, including the Lake Watauga Recreational Area.”
“Another important consideration for paving this road is that it will provide a second, paved route to enter or exit the mountain in case of an emergency,” said Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department Chief Pudney and Interim Town Manager. “It also improves the mutual aid for both the town and the Fall Creek Volunteer Fire Department.”
“Paving the two-mile stretch of gravel on Buckeye Creek Road will link the Town of Beech Mountain to Highway 321,” said Kate Gavenus, Director of the Beech Mountain Tourist Development Authority. “We are opening up a new corridor for travelers to expand lodging, shopping and recreational activities in the High Country and eastern Tennessee.”
Plans are under way for a community celebration to showcase area merchants, restaurants, hotels and more. Several hiking and biking trails are located off this vital artery, including the newly created Buckeye Lake Loop Trail which circles the entire four-mile lake. The new Shane Park Outpost and Campground are also located off this section of road and are due to open in late summer.
Beech Mountain is the highest town in Eastern America and a popular vacation spot in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
For questions or more information, contact Kate Gavenus at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (828) 387-9283.