Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park - Trail, Boone, Carolina

Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park - Trail, Boone, Carolina

DESCRIPTION

Rocky Knob is an 185 acre park in Boone, NC. When complete Rocky Knob will host 6-8 miles of mountain bike trails for all skill levels, three shelters, an adventure playground, and picnic areas. The park is located just east of the city limit on US 421.

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USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 16, 2015]
Nate
Downhiller

So I had high hopes for this being a fun trail---many of my friends had spoke of its praises and couldn't believe that I had not ridden it yet. Honestly, I was underwhelmed. Every trail on the mountain is chock FULL of rocks...I would assume this is where it gets its name. This makes for a tiresome ride whether going up or down. My bike has plush suspension front and rear too, and it's still annoying. The climb to the top is long...and in my opinion not worth the fun coming down. About halfway up the mountain is PB&J, which is the jump line. There are some decent jumps and berms, but again there are so many rocks and junk in the trail, it just doesn't end up being that smooth and flowy. To me the whole point of biking is having fun...and I just didn't end up having that much fun. If you want a really challenging place to increase your cardio I suppose this would be good for you.

Customer Service

Knowing that I know now, I would go straight to the PB&J trail using the powerline gravel road which you can access at the end of the parking lot next to the shelter and playground. I would session the top of PB&J a few times and then finish the rest of that trail and go home. This is a once-a-year trail for me.

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Beech Mtn also has a downhill park during summer season. But again, the trail there felt poorly designed, had tons of rocks/rock gardens, was messy, and just didn't flow that well. I suppose since I have ridden DH trail in the Pacific Northwest and Jackson WY I've been spoiled...even Snowshoe WV has some great DH riding. In NC, I actually have more fun riding local stuff around the Triad area where I live. You just have to talk with the locals and know where to ride. There is also the new Mars Hill gravity park that just opened up north of asheville. I've heard good things, but haven't been there myself. We'll see.

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2
VALUE
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5
[May 26, 2015]
Derek Borrell

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4
[May 21, 2015]
Meatloaf1
Weekend Warrior

Great system. Better than I was expecting. This is a good work out for the short distance that it covers (to me). Basically singletrack on the side of a mountain. with lots of switchbacks and up hill rock gardens. This is the challange but makes it worth while. Once you reach the top its a mix of small drops and table tops and rock gardens. Very fun on the decent in my opinion. Was not difficult at all to navigate and the small bumps and drops kept it interesting. Good sinage available through out to find your way. I did see alot of black diamond ratings through out. I would not rate the gardens or drops quite that but for someone new or who does not know their way its good to give a heads up of whats coming. Builders did a great job on this one. For those who complain, well its a mountain. Called Rocky Knob. It has Rocks. Not as tough as what you would see in a DH park. Just well made and fun to ride.

Customer Service

Climb from the parking lot through some switch backs and uphill rock gardens. Keep going until you get to the very top. Then drop the seat post and go.

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Pisgah, Wilson creek, Beech MTN for a more real DH feel.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
[Nov 12, 2014]
sam
Weekend Warrior

Didn't enjoy myself and wouldn't go back. Too rocky, no flow, etc. Trails seem to be designed by those with a love of technical riding for those who love technical riding. That leaves a lot of people out.
I was there on a perfect Sunday afternoon and the parking lot was empty. Where are all the riders who love a good beating?
For those who like flow, speed and to not have to fix stuff after riding, go enjoy Kerr Scott trails.
If you love Rocky Knob, great. To me, the trails seems like a lot of effort aimed at a particular type of Go-Pro ready rider.

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Kerr Scott. Overmountain, Warrior Creek

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3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 16, 2013]
Neil Glover
Cross Country Rider

Awesome with a capital kick ass !!!!!!!!

Customer Service

The whole thing.

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Anything in Pisgah.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
[May 09, 2013]
boone rider
Downhiller

trails are rocky but in good condition

Customer Service

middle earth trail is great and the expert skills area

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4
VALUE
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4
[Nov 29, 2012]
ubado
Cross Country Rider

You'd expect a trail at a park called Rock Knob to be rocky ... well it lives up to it's name. Actually a bit more than I expected ... lots of rocks ... but still very rideable. There are so many rock crossings and short rocky climbs; when I saw the first "Rock Garden" sign I actually laughed ... it's all a rock garden!... just of various degrees of difficulty.
More climbs than downs, which can be a bit of a drag at times. Seemed like you were always going up-grade; very little short downhill gliding areas for pedaling rests. It seems that the PBJ Skills Trail is the only real DH that I found. Didn't notice too many roots, some larger ones, but I wouldn't call the trails rooty by any means. The trail system isn't too difficult to figure out while riding along, however it would be helpful to post a couple more trail maps to give riders a refresher.

I would agree that the majority of the trails are for intermediate to expert riders. Even the more beginner friendly Rocky Branch Trail is still more for the more experienced beginner the first-timer. Since I was riding solo ... I didn't bother to ride Ol' Hoss Trail ... plus I was a bit gassed by the time I got there. I'd rather take on Ol' Hoss with someone who has ridden it before, than try and tackle it gassed and solo for the first time.

The skills/stunts parts are a real treat. Although I only sampled them ... I plan to spend more time at them when more time allows during future trips up.

All in all a great trail system. Definitely one that needs to be ridden a few times before you can really squeeze it for what it's worth. And then maybe a few more .

Similar Products Used:

Dark Mountain, Warrior Creek

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4
VALUE
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3
[Oct 27, 2012]
Stamps
Downhiller

The previous poster "chris" must be clueless because Rocky Knob park is a state of the art exercise in mountain bike trail building with 3 professional trail building companies involved along with design work by the same group who put together much of Wilkesboro's IMBA Epic trails in the Kerr Scott Reservoir! Over a million dollars was invested into this facility along with 1000's of volunteer hours.

Over 13 miles of singletrack are currently available that's both aerobically and technically challenging with tons of room for progression for the intermediate to advanced rider. Intersperced at various trail junctions are skills areas with skinnies, ladders, teeters, drops, jumps etc. There's also the PBJ (pumps, jumps, berms) trail that is essentially like a mini jump line with multiple options to go bigger. At the base are multiple shelters, an extremely nice kids play area, a pump track, bathrooms, and for people like Chris below, an easy to follow trail map located at the trail head kiosk. (but don't worry about memorizing it as there are lamenated maps at trail junctions, with a convenient "you are here").

These trails are rediculously fun to ride especially with the proper ride. While it can be ridden on just about anything from a rigid singlespeed to a freeride/DH sled, the sweet spot seems to be an enduro or "all mtn" type sled with 6" travel and a height adjust post like a rockshox reverb so you can really open it up on the downhills. This facility has raised the bar on trail design and has set a high bar for future trails to follow. Major props to all the people who helped make this system possible.

Customer Service

Just follow the map...

Similar Products Used:

Kerr Scott Reservoir system (warrior creek, ovt, dk mtn)

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5
VALUE
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3
[Sep 20, 2012]
Bikesrock
Cross Country Rider

This is a very rocky trail as it lives up to its name. I am a local rider in Boone, NC and the trail has expanded a lot over the past two years. It started out with a 1.6 mile loop and now it has an up to 13 mile loop. This is a great trail for an all mountain or downhill rider to go and ride jump lines, drop offs, skinnies, and steep downfalls over and over again without having to re ride the whole trail. I ride a 29er hard tail with a 100mm suspension fork and it goes really fast. The only part that would slow you down is the rock gardens. Over all the people who get lost and don't know where they are going must have some kind of mental illness because it is a very simple trail system with technical terrain.

Customer Service

I think that the 5.5 mile loop is the most fun with all the technical terrain.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 08, 2012]
chris
Cross Country Rider

I was on a hardtail singlespeed. This trail system really would be more enjoyed with full suspension. On that note, on your first ride study the map and maybe take one with you. This is a short system but you need to take the right turns to do it all the first time. The map is 2D, as are most maps, so it doesn't represent the hill. I ended up back in the parking lot 3 times, before figuring out what I needed to do to get to the top trail. So, yes I climbed back up 3 times. I did see moms and kids out there on wal mart bikes, too. I coudn't believe that they were having fun. so many roots and rocks that this trail didn't flow real well. Sure the downhills were fun, but you've got to know them to really go big. I would ride this again if I had to, but I'd rather go elsewhere.

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3
VALUE
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3
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