Written by Park Baker (June 2017)
So you want to go downhill mountain biking? Nowadays, it’s easier than ever, with a wealth of options whether you’re a novice or long-time enthusiast.
With more contiguous public land in Western North Carolina than anywhere else on the East Coast, it’s no wonder that these green hills have become so popular for mountain biking. In the recent past, the sport has been a fringe pursuit, the terrain often more inviting to adrenaline junkies, and access sometimes requiring all day commitments.
That’s not the case anymore. Each year, more access for riding opens up, and with it, easier options for new riders. Public land like DuPont State Recreational Forest, in particular, has allowed casual mountain bikers and first-timers to hit world-class trails right out of the parking lot, and they don’t require hours of climbing like the infamous Pisgah National Forest.
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