Skyrock Trail - TRAIL

Skyrock Trail - Trail, Troy, Carolina

Trail connects Wood Run Road to Keyauwee Trail, allowing riders to skip the gravel road for more singletrack.

User Reviews (10)

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Christopher Green   [Jul 08, 2002]

Four years in the making, this trail was planned and marked a few years ago. But the last few years bought several snow/ice storms causing lots of downed trees across the proposed path. Sandhills Cycling Club in conjuction with Don Childrey, finished this trail just
recently. This trail is much more rocky and has quite a bit of elevation gain/loss. Two stream crossings take a little body english and a couple a steep climbs will wear you down. Good views off the ridge and of Skyrock, the trails namesake.

Customer Service

From Keyauwee Trail down to Wood Run Road.

Similar Products Used: Supertree, Keyauwee, and the Badin Lake area ORV trails
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5
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Tommy   [Jul 12, 2002]

This trail was just completed from one end to the other. It is mostly single track through forest canopy. It took me 45 minutes to go the 3.1 miles from the start until I turned left on Keyauwee. I carried or pushed the bike about 400-500 yards. Someone has invested a lot of time in this well marked trail...marked by yellow tape, white tape, and small red flags on wire. The trail has been raked free of leaves and debris for the most part. There are long uphills and some great downhills. There are numerous logs to ride over. On one section, you ride downhill on a rock for 20 yds or so. I'm sure that the great and wonderful trail builders will come back and add switchbacks, bridges maybe, and dig out the side hill sections. This advanced trail moved mountain biking pleasure up two notches. This trail would be dangerous for beginners. You would like this trail if you like strenuous uphills and many technical or maybe even impossible sections. Thank you all who worked on this new trail.

Customer Service

Ride Skyrock clockwise, turn left on Keyauwee for a 8+ mile ride.

Similar Products Used: Ride Skyrock, Turn Left on Keyauwee, continue on Supertree for one large loop.
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5
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Tommy   [Jul 13, 2002]

http://www.sandhillscyclingclub.org,

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http://www.childrey.com/umba/

Customer Service

The URL addresses in the description aren't working. I'll try to separate them. If it doesn't work, cut and paste one of the two URLs into your browser address window.

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5
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Greyhound   [Aug 05, 2002]

I woke up at dawn and rode the Skyrock trail. I'm of very mixed opinions for this one, because I left this trail wondering what the builders intentions were. Is it a freeride trail? If it is, don't bring the big bike, because all you'll do is climb, climb, climb. I was riding my full suspension bike, and still was getting chattered all to hell by all the damn loose rocks. I know this one is new, so it hasn't had the time to be worn in, but as I said before,I was very confused. Starting from Wood Run Road, the trail just keeps climbing and climbing--several times the climb was so off-camber and diagonally upwards, that you couldn't get any bite at all with your tires. This section is horrible, and needs way more work to become worthy of descent review. After the hike a bike, you work along an old overgrown fireroad for some nice scenery of Lake Tillery to your left. Another hike a bike, and you get maybe 30 sec. downhill time before sliding along another ridge for even more climbing that's really long and gradual. There are lots of rocks on this trail. Many of them are loose, and sling you all over the place while trying to climb or descend. I believe the builders thought this would be a good idea--it is not. There is just a serious lack of "flow" on this trail. I got about a half mile from the end and my seat snapped off while climbing over the rock strewn trail. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because I turned around(not wanting to climb out Keyauwee w/no seat) and headed back down the trail. I got to experience all the the climbs I just made--but going down!!! Much more fun indeed!!! The off-camber part after the viewpoint still sucked, but at least you were going down. My recommendation to the builders is to concentrate more effort on the contouring and drainage. I can see several parts of this trail washing out badly because of the manner in which it is constructed. The difference in the other two trails vs. this one is night and day. If you are wanting something akin to a NAVY SEAL training day, then this trail is for you, but if you just want to ride for longer that 2 min. uninterrupted, then hit the other two.

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3
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Johnny   [Aug 25, 2002]

If you want a trail to buid up some speed and do some cruising this isn't the trail. We rode it from Keywee backwards towards woodrun road. One real rocky down hill with a stream crossing where if you're not real careful you can certainly mess yourself up, however it is rideable I seen it done. After that there is one hell of a up hill that you will wind up starting your first leg of your hike a bike. Then it has some descent riding but with lots of loose rocks and a few logs to cross and then another short hike a bike section. It has a real nice off camber section next and then some easier riding. This is a good trail if you like adventure racing type mountain biking and some strenous climbing and quite a bit of hike a biking. I would not recomend it for beginners or someone wanting to put in some serious mileage.

Customer Service

From south to north (clockwise)

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3
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Adam   [Aug 28, 2002]

This trail is not for new riders! It has some very rough sections either way you choose to go. It is a short section but takes about the same amount of time as the Supertree - Keyauwee loop due to the fact that you can't get in a good ride for more than a few minutes. If you want a long sustained aerobic ride forget about this trail. Steep, Rocks, Creeks...that is about it. Although this trail is tough, it is something that will challenge your skill level.
After crossing the creek at Keyauwee you will ride a short section of fireroad, turning off to the right just below the big climb on Woodrun road. Skyrock gives you a steep drop to a few tough creek crossings. The first is very difficult and watch out for the big loose rocks, it looks like someone is trying to make a bypass to the right to get around them. After crossing the creek get ready for some serious climbing. You will have to hike-a-bike several times. Get used to loosing traction as soon as you start to get into the groove of making it up the climb due to logs, leaves or soft ground since the trail is not used much. A short downhill on a old tree grown fire road off of the right side of the mountain. A right turn takes you up another steep climb over some big exposed rock.
Down to another big creek crossing near the end of the trail at an old campsite.

Customer Service

From parking lot down fireroad to ride Supertree, continue on Keyauwee, connect to Skyrock and loop back to fireroad under power lines.

Similar Products Used: Supertree - Keyauwee loop
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4
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Tommy   [Aug 31, 2002]

Here is are some pictures that the builders posted elsewhere...

http://www.ncmtb.com/skyrock.htm

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5
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Ed   [Feb 07, 2003]

I'm not sure how representative my experience with this trail was, so take my opinion in context of recent weather events in the Montogomery Co. area.

I rode up the dirt road hoping to see a clearly marked sign indicating the entrance of the trail. No such luck...There is only a white piece of plastic wrapped around a tree, just off the road. So, for the sake of reference, I would look to the left as you cross under the power lines. It's pretty close to the area, so if you start going up hill and reach the campsite area, you have gone too far. Of course, as I indicated in my "recommended route" comment, I would not go this route and instead opt to go ahead and enter the trail from the Keywauhee intersection. Anyway, the trail seemed to be in great shape up until the steep climbing section - which winds you around a neat little ridgeline. Basically, once you reach the off camber switch backs, the trail becomes quite tricky with rocks strewn about and pretty steep grade. Obviously, this section is best experienced going down rather than up (like I ended up doing). But just remember that this is a challenging section (which, by the way, I heartily applaud) and beginners and/or folks with limited climbing ability will suffer badly here. Once you ascend the ridge, you will be treated to several spectacular views of Marrow Mtn. & Badin Lake. However, it is at this point where the trail sorta turns into a barely traceable path, buried under leaves and debris. If it wasn't for a faded white ribbon tied to a branch every so often, it would hard to follow the trail at all. There's also a few orange surveyor type flags along the trail which help guide you somewhat. Eventually, you'll go down a steep section which will eventually take you down to a creek crossing. This creek crossing would be very difficult to ride across, especially in wet weather. On the other side, there is a super steep climb over rocks and roots - once again, it would definitely be pretty neat going the other way. Then, surprisingly, the trail becomes very clear again and takes you up to the Keywauhee intersection.

Thus, it seems clear to me that the best way to ride this trail is the opposite way I rode (this is true with many trails I ride :)

Nevertheless, I think ice storms and wet weather have limited traffic on this trail and so it's pretty rough in many areas. Not a good trail to take the average mountain biker IMHO. At least not at this point. But, if or when it gets cleaned up, it should be a great addition to the trail network in the park...

Customer Service

If the trail was cleared, I would suggest going from Keywauhee (sp?) to the Road (Wood Run Road?)...That way, the off-camber switch backs are downhill...

Similar Products Used: Jackson Springs, Sanford area trails...
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3
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PC   [Feb 09, 2003]

Me and my riding buddies rode this trail both ways today just to see which way we preferred. As I said above to get the most for your downhill dollar start from woodrun road. That climb isn't nearly as bad as coming in from Key. We had about 30 yards total hike a bike riding this direction. The off camber is easily rideable when dry. When you get to the top you get a nice rock garden then a great downhill to the next creek crossing.

Starting from Key you get a short downhill, cross the creek then have a long straight uphill climb that is a killer on a 35lb freeride bike. I pushed probably 100 yards going this direction. Jeff climbed the whole damn thing on his Uzzi (with a couple of rest breaks) including the rock garden at the top, that was bad.

Overall nice trail. It needs some drainage work in areas and some trees were cut off 4 or 5 inches above the ground which sucks, you can't see them in the leaves.

Customer Service

For the best downhill start from woodrun road. For those of you that like to climb start from Key. NOt for beginners they'll end up pushing up or walking down half the trail. Great training for your next trip to pisgah.

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4
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Ian Garner   [May 22, 2003]

Skyrock trail has been closed until further notice.

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None

Similar Products Used: Keyauwee, Supertree, Wood Run Road
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