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Yancy Ridge Professional Review and Guide
"Perhaps the best ride in the Wilson Creek area is this eight-mile-plus doubletrack loop. But don't let the doubletrack tag fool you. It's not smooth and well maintained. Big rocks and ruts in the road are waiting to upset the inattentive biker. Coupled with the speed gained on the downhill, Yancey Ridge has all the features of the classic mountain bike experience: scenery, taxing climbs, technical sections, and a jowl-flapping fast downhill."
--Steve Jones, Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press).
This is what you get if you can't find your way to Long Yancey. We started up this in November of last year on a drizzly, foggy day. You have a heinous climb on a very rocky forest road for the first 3-4 miles. You then top out and have the choice of going down the the other side of the road (going straight) or taking a left. The trail to the left is double track. You climb for just a few hundred feet and then start to descend. I think Long Yancey is somewhere around here, but we could not find it. We continued down Short Yancey which is basically just double track. Ya it can be fast in places, but really quite the let down. Watch out for hug mud pits, car size. Also watch out for hunters. Before doing any of this stuff in and around Boone, go to a bike shop and ask the locals for SPECIFIC DIRECTIONS, or else your going to be disappointed.
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