Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains Guide Book

by Steve Jones (Menasha Ridge Press)
Mountain Bike The Southern Appalachian and Smoky Mountains  by Steve Jones

416pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 0897323742

These are some of the oldest mountains in the world and here you'll get an unbroken carpet of stunning natural beauty: serene, old growth forests with generous shade, secluded coves bursting with wildflowers, craggy granite overlooks, and gently rolling valleys. Finding the perfect trails is an art in this landscape, and this guide is an indispensable resource. You get the most detailed info on almost 100 of the best rides throughout the mountains, including the Great Smokies, Pisgah, Nantahala, and Cherokee National Forests, northern Georgia, the Foothills, and the popular Tsali Trails. Each route profile features at-a-glance key information, a thorough ride description, a detailed trail map, proximity of important services, valuable commentary on elevation changes and possible hazards and a rescue index.

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Trails from the "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains" Guide Book
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... Preview: Some mountain bikers disdain gravel road trips, preferring singletrack or nothing. However, even the staunchest singletracker may be persuaded that some gravel roads must be ridden. The ride begins ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Boone, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 34
... Preview: The two miles of this out-and-back singletrack (four miles total) eventually make it to the backwaters of Lake Higgins, one of a series of lakes supplying the greater Greensboro area with its municipa ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Greensboro, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: The Gennet Brothers decision to spare a tulip popular, during the Depression, from the teeth of their crosscut saw resulted in another record. The Gennett Poplar, sporting an 18-foot girth at the bott ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Ellijay, GA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 15
... Preview: This 4.8-mile singletrack (with some doubletrack) loop combination expecting a short but technical ride. At the trailhead you must sign a mandatory waiver at the bulletin board and pay a $2 fee on an ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Charlotte, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.8
... Preview: This 5.5-mile loop inside Boone Fork Recreation Area can be pieced together with some trails that bisect the main loop. The doubletrack portion of the loop (about three and a half miles) has at least ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Blowing Rock, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.5
... Preview: The nearly 10 miles of doubletrack and singletrack open for biking in Bent Creek Experimental Forest are comprised of a 6.5-mile loop, with a 1.6-mile one-way out-and-back (3.2 miles total) tacked on ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Asheville, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9.7
... Preview: This three-mile loop inside the Chilhowee Recreation Area combines singletrack and a short piece of pavement for an easy ride through the Cherokee National Forest. The mature mixed hardwood forest of ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Ocoee, TN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: Greensboro, North Carolina, has established itself as the leader in mountain biking destinations within the Tarheel State's Triad: Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point. Perhaps the best example o ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Greensboro, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.5
... Preview: Approximately 2 miles (4 miles total) on an out-and-back doubletrack of packed sandstone. There is only one significant hill (less than one-quarter mile long). The downhill is somewhat rocky, and s ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Oneida, TN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: There are few, if any, rides prettier than this five-and-a-half-mile loop. Over four miles of rolling singletrack are connected by a short piece of lightly graveled forest service road. For those wish ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Dahlonega, GA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.5
... Preview: This 14-mile out-and-back trail (7 miles one way) is located about 5 miles south of Highlands. As you descend the hard-packed gravel surface to the turn-around at Abes Creek, you will pass several wil ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Highlands, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 14
... Preview: "Buckeye was built with the whole family in mind." Elevation is gained slowly for the most part. Long, slow switchbacks follow the contours of a mature forest of oaks, hemlocks, and maples shading d ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Blowing Rock, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: This seven-mile-plus loop uses nearly five miles of singletrack and a little over two miles of forest service road for what is a technical journey deep into Pisgah's woods. Plan for a couple of hour' ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Brevard, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.25
... Preview: If you want to test your aerobic fitness and technical riding skills, this trail is for you. This 6.8-mile loop starts off innocently enough with a quick descent down paved Dry Creek Road. That's foll ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Erwin, TN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.8
... Preview: This 14.5-mile loop around Bull Mountain nearly reaches this mountain's summit of 2,340 feet above sea level in one fell swoop, or maybe it just feels that way. Following a combination of double- and ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Dahlonega, GA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 14.5
... Preview: Hundreds of thousands of tourists come to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park each year, and almost every one of them takes the 11-mile paved Cades Cove Loop Road, either motor or non-motorized v ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Cherokee, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11
... Preview: The road climbs steadily with a nearly unchanged, steep grade. The high canopy overhead keeps the trail shaded during the summer, except when the road turns a curve in the middle of a recent clear-cut ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Bryson City, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 13
... Preview: The Canaan Land Loop is a 7.5-mile combination trail (5.7-mile loop with an out-and-back spur; the spur is .9 mile one way) that gives the rider a glimpse into the past of Panthertown Valley. The ride ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Cashiers, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.5
... Preview: The mixed hardwood forest arching over the singletrack provides shading for the most part until you reach the dam. The lake was created back in 1976 as part of a combined project completed by the Unio ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Waxhaw, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 15
... Preview: This 12-mile loop (mostly singletrack, with some doubletracks) along the Catawba River has sections as demanding as anywhere in Charlotte. It draws riders from all over the southeast to compete in and ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Charlotte, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12