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Buckeye Lake Recreation Area


The Buckeye Lake Recreation Area features prime mid- to high-elevation forest, Buckeye Lake, developed areas around the recreation center and connections to other hiking opportunities in and around Beech Mountain. During the breeding season, follow the Falls Trail along the creek through mature forest. Here you can find Cedar Waxwing, Wood Thrush, Veery and a variety of warbler species, including Ovenbird, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Canada, Hooded and Black-and-white Warblers. Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Scarlet Tanager are also reliable birds here. The open areas around the recreation center and lake host Tree, Barn, and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Indigo Bunting, Gray Catbird, American Goldfinch, Common Yellowthroat, Song Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow and Eastern Towhee. Also listen for Pine Siskin and Red Crossbill, which are often present, especially in good cone crop years on Beech Mountain. While driving to and from the area, be on the lookout for Ruffed Grouse, which are often seen crossing the roads. Woodpeckers are easy to find here, especially Hairy, but also Downy and Pileated Woodpeckers and Northern Flicker. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker breed on some spots on the mountain. While visiting Buckeye Lake, be sure to check out some of the 15+ miles of trails, some of them at high elevation.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Ruffed Grouse, Cedar Waxwing, Black-and-white Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Canada Warbler


oak forest & mixed hardwoods/pine, rocky outcrop, river/stream, lake

Access and Parking

The site is open daily during daylight hours. The visitor center is open 8:30am to 8:30pm, Monday - Saturday; 12pm to 6pm, Sunday.


From Beech Mountain Town Hall, continue on Beech Mountain Parkway for approximately 2 miles. Turn right on Pine Ridge Road. Follow Pine Ridge Road for 3 miles to the bottom of the mountain. The entrance to Buckeye Lake Recreation Area is on the right. Directional signs for Buckeye Lake Recreation Area and Buckeye Recreation Center are situated along the road.

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