Knobscorcher

Nantahala Village, North Carolina

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The trail's use as a race site in the spring and fall contributes largely to its popularity. Radical bikers will like its demanding passages through horse-made ruts, crank deep. It is a fast course with steep drops and sharp curves. Due to heavy horse use, though, it stays muddy longer after a rain than do some of the other area trails. Several alternate connections and routes allow for creativity in direction and length. Part of the trail follows the boundary line for a farm located below Nantahala Village. Scenery: Views across a narrow finger of Fontana Lake, and of the surrounding mountains; shaded, protected coves.

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"The trail's use as a race site in the spring and fall contributes largely to its popularity. Radical bikers will like its demanding passages through horse-made ruts, crank deep. It is a fast course with steep drops and sharp curves. Due to heavy horse use, though, it stays muddy longer after a rain than do some of the other area trails.

Several alternate connections and routes allow for creativity in direction and length. Part of the trail follows the boundary line for a farm located below Nantahala Village. Scenery: Views across a narrow finger of Fontana Lake, and of the surrounding mountains; shaded, protected coves."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Nantahala Village
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Summer is busy with horse traffic. Beware of hunters in the fall. Wait a few days after a rain.
Local Contacts: Nantahala Village, 800-438-1507
Local Maps: Nantahala National Forest map sold at the ranger station and area bike shops. USGS: Wesser.
Driving Directions: Directions to Knobscorcher

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May 2018