Kolo Bike Park will host regular skills clinics, camps and races including short track, super D, time trial, cyclocross and cross country events. A rider can learn new skills and then test them out against the clock or other competitors at one of the many race events.
Adventure Rentals at Kolo will provide full-service bicycle rentals from basic mountain bikes to the latest suspension technology and all the supporting gear needed to get rolling. Rentals are available for use at Kolo Bike Park or can be taken off-site to any of the numerous regional cycling destinations.
In addition to the Bike Park and Rentals, Kolo will be offering packages with other adventures at Adventure Center of Asheville by joining together with Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures, Asheville Treetops Adventure Park and Wildwater.
Hard work by a crew of dedicated volunteers helped carve some incredible mountain biking trails from the dense forest and rocky terrain of Rocky Knob Park in Boone. The 185-acre park was easily one of the most highly anticipated additions to the High Country in recent years and has quickly become a haven for Boone mountain biking enthusiasts. With several miles of trail, a bike skills park and other amenities already in place, the Rocky Knob Park is shaping up to be a true High Country mountain biking treasure.
The park was made possible thanks to a partnership with the Watauga County Tourism Development Authority (WCTDA), who received a $500,000 grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) to assist with the acquisition and development for Rocky Knob Park. In 2009, two $5,000 grants were secured from the Bikes Belong Foundation and Specialized Bicycles. These grants were made possible through the WCTDA’s partnership with Boone Area Cyclists, a local nonprofit organization working to promote and develop cycling opportunities throughout the Boone area. When complete Rocky Knob will host six to eight miles of mountain bike trails for all skill levels, three shelters, an adventure playground, and picnic areas.
We recommend bikers check out the one-mile-long Middle Earth Trail, one of the more difficult trails at the park, accessed off of the upper portion the Rocky Branch Trail. If the rocky terrain of the trail doesn’t provide enough of a technical challenge for mountain bikers, be sure to check out the two skills areas accessed from this trail, the easier Skinny Skills Area and the Stone Binge for intermediate to advanced features.
Riders should also be on the lookout for the PBJ Skills Trail that descends all the way back to the lower reaches of the Rocky Branch Trail with access back to the parking area. It’s a rousing ride, named for its pumps, berms, and jumps. Many riders use this thrill ride to end their day back to the parking area, connecting to the Rocky Branch Trail’s final big turn called Bring it Home Berm.
DUPONT STATE RECREATIONAL FOREST
With over 10,000 acres and nearly 100 miles of bike trails, the DuPont State Recreational Forest near Brevard is home of some of the region’s finest trails. The countless waterfalls and mountain vistas offer the chance for cyclists to take in spectacular vistas along their ride. While the trails are known for being more beginner friendly than nearby Pisgah National Forest, they still offer their share of challenges.
While one of the most popular trails is Ridgeline, which is known for its fast, flowing terrain with endless berms, jumps and fun, we recommend riders check out the Big Rock Trail for its exposed granite riding that offers bikers a chance to ride for nearly one mile across wide open rock with great views of the nearby mountains.
PISGAH RANGER DISTRICT
The Pisgah National Forest is renown as a land of mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls, and heavily forested slopes, which make it the area’s top destination when it comes to mountain biking. The hundreds of miles of trails found in the over 500,000 acres of the Pisgah have been drawing crowds for decades thanks in part to the forest’s designation as the first tract of land purchased under the Weeks Act of 1911, which led to the creation of the national forests in the Eastern United States. The Pisgah Ranger District near Brevard and Asheville is also home of the first school of forestry in the United States, now preserved at the Cradle of Forestry in America historic site, and boasts two of the first designated wilderness areas in the east.
While choosing just one trail to recommend out of the plethora of different options is no easy task, we recommend first-time riders check out the Sycamore Cove loop near the entrance of the forest in Brevard. One of the most popular ways to do the loop is to head up the gradual incline of Thrift Cove, a forest service road that takes riders up to the scenic Grassy Road and onto the singletrack trails of Sycamore Cove. The open hardwood forest offers expansive wintertime views, scenic creek crossings, and a long descent punctuated by roots, rocks and small drops—a perfect introduction to what mountain biking in Pisgah is all about.