Valle Crucis To Beech Mtn Ride: Since Lance Armstrong’s return to Beech Mountain in 1995 as part of his training and recovery from cancer, this area has seen a marked increase in visitors hoping to take part in this legendary and inspirational ride. This 23-mile ride makes a tremendously difficult climb from Valle Crucis up the steep and winding Hwy. 184 to the town of Beech Mountain. From Banner Elk, the Beech Mountain Parkway climbs from 3600 ft. to 5400 ft. in just 3.4 miles to reach the highest town in the Eastern United States.
Directions from Boone: Take Hwy 105 S for 4.8 miles to right onto Broadstone Rd./Highway 194. Follow for 2.9 miles to the Historic Mast General Store in Valle Crucis Start in Valle Crucis, head up Hwy 194 near the General Store, reach Banner Elk, and turn right onto the Beech Mountain Parkway and continue ascending to Beech Mountain. Return to Valle Crucis via Hwy 194.