Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies Guide Book

by Jim Parham (Milestone Press)
Off The Beaten Track Volume I  A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies  by Jim Parham

96pp/maps
ISBN: 1889596086

Mountain biking guide to western NC; 31 rides on singletrack trails and forest roads, all near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This book covers the famous Tsali Recreation Area trail system, but it's not limited to Tsali, and you shouldn't be, either. Volume I describes 25 other great rides, from an easy eight-mile cruise along the Nantahala River to a 15-mile climb to the top of Cheoah Bald at 5,062 feet to the remote Panthertown Valley near Cashiers. Each route description includes a detailed map, directions to the starting point, mileage, estimated riding time, trail highlights, and elevation profile. And like all the volumes in the Off The Beaten Track series, this book includes guidelines for riding in the National Forest, lodging and camping information, and area resources for cyclists, including local bike shops.

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Trails from the "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 31.
... Preview: The highlight of this ride is the steep, winding, twisting downhill along Bunches Creek from Big Witch Gap. In fact, many people like to do the Heintooga ride backwards (when the one-way Round Bottom ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Cherokee, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 21.8
... Preview: This is one of Panthertown's more popular rides. It takes you down alongside Panthertown Creek, up to Cold Mountain Gap trailhead and then back down to Greenland Creek. From here you'll climb to Mac ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Cashiers, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.5
... Preview: This ride takes you to a remote bald overlooking of the Nantahala Gorge, the Smokies and practically everything else. You'll start near Topton and wind your way up the ridge to Cheoah Bald. The las ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Topton, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 15
... Preview: This route is the other half of the Fontana Village trail system. You'll ride up on a paved road before exiting onto Elmer Hollow Trail. This fun section of single track traces high above the Villa ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Tuskegee, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.8
... Preview: This trail is just the first in a whole series of trails to be built by the Nantahala Outdoor Center ranging from beginner to advanced. Much of this trail is already complete. A series of nine gradu ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Almond, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: Bring your compass or pay real close attention to the mileposts - this is one of the twistiest, curviest rides around. These brand new trails are on a series of low ridges above Hiwassee Lake north o ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Murphy, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: Since this ride is so long and the first eleven miles are all uphill, many people shuttle to the top and just ride down. Whichever way you do it, it's fantastic. The views from the Parkway are stunn ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Cherokee, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 46.5
... Preview: Just across from Tsali, this ride follows the county line southwest as it climbs the ridge from the gap. Landslides, plus some tall grass, make getting to the very end of this one a little difficult. ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Almond, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.8
... Preview: Located in the national forest adjacent to Fontana Village, this trail makes a great addition to their system of trails. The cove is beautiful, with waterfalls and plenty of wildflowers. Combining ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Tuskegee, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9.1
... Preview: This ride is so twisty and curvy you can see where you are going long before you get there. With numerous side roads there's plenty of room for exploring around. Highlights: Panoramic views of the ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Almond, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 16
... Preview: This difficult loop on the Cherokee Indian Reservation sticks to the high elevations for its entire length. Get ready for long descents, even longer lung-busting climbs, and plenty of spectacular vie ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Maggie Valley, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 14.5
... Preview: Moses Creek wins the epic ride category for this book. After a brief stint in the Tuckaseegee Valley, you'll climb forever to the ridges high above Cullowhee. Just when you think you're through climbi ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Cullowhee, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 26.1
... Preview: The small chunk of national forest land behind the Nantahala Village is laced with a network of rugged single track (the annual Knobscorcher races were once held here). From April through October man ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Almond, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.5
... Preview: This dirt road starts just above the Cascades of the upper Nantahala River, and follows the river all the way to the dam forming Nantahala Lake. There are lots of small waterfalls and plenty of quiet ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Topton, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11
... Preview: This high-elevation, flat-bottomed valley is full of trails and this route is the easiest. You'll start with a descent over loose rocks and then circle the flattest part of the valley along sandy tra ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Cashiers, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.7
... Preview: You'll find this to be one of Panthertown's more remote rides with an exploratory feeling to it. After a spin down alongside Panthertown Creek, you'll spend a good deal of time working your way out t ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Cashiers, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.5
... Preview: A great ride anytime, but be prepared to get your feet wet. There are no fewer than 14 creek crossings! Much is on gravel forest service roads, but don't let that or the distance fool you. The last ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Almond, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.3
... Preview: This road follows the outer edges of Shell Stand Cove, ending high above the valley a couple of hundred feet below the summit of Cheoah Bald. The views of the Smokies are spectacular and riding alo ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Almond, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 13.2
... Preview: This is a very easy route to some high altitude views. It seems as if the forest road is almost level as you gradually climb from Stecoah Gap along the side of the Cheoah Bald to a grassy vantage poi ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Robbinsville, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8
... Preview: This valley ride goes up one side of the serene Little Tennessee River and back down the other. You'll pedal across the river on a high swinging bridge at the end. Highlights: Mountain views, some ... From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume I: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - The Smokies"
Almond, NC - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11.6