Wildlife Hiking

Beech Mountain wildlife is often visible and offers a real variety from white tail deer to wild turkey in the woods. Brook trout to salamanders in the streams. Red tail hawks to Carolina junco in the air. You almost always see something special as you hike Beech Mountain. A Beech Mountain bird list is available at Fred's General Mercantile.

Our list of often observed wildlife includes: white tail deer, red fox, ground hogs, raccoons, opossums, skunks, red tail hawks, black bear (seldom, but occasionally), beaver, chipmunks, red squirrels, ruffled grouse, wood ducks and many song birds.

Remember, when hiking the trails of Beech Mountain to keep your eyes open and your voices down and chances are pretty good you will see something special.

It's always good to keep your pets on a leash when hiking so that the wildlife can be seen.


Grassy Gap Creek Trail--Easy to Moderate
Pond Creek Upper Trail--Easy
Westbowl Loop Trail--Moderate
Wild Iris Loop Trail--Moderate

One of the nature signs you'll see on the Upper Pond Creek Trail