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Whether you’re into bombing singletrack at Rocky Knob Bike Park or hammering up a steep grade on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we’ve got a sampling of some of the best High County bike rides presented by Magic Cycles.


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Address: 140 Depot St, Boone, NC 28607 || 828.265.2211

Best Boone Bike Rides

Yancey Ridge Trail (Wilson Creek): The Yancey Ridge Trail is one of the area’s most well-known spots for mountain biking. Cyclists make the long, gradual climb up Forest Service Rd. 192 to Old House Gap before dropping into a fast and scenic ride down gravel roads and singletrack. Long Yancey’s, as the locals call it, continues down the ridge for 15 miles of mixed terrain and is ideally suited for experienced mountain bikers looking for a challenge. The gentle, 2 mile Short Yancey’s trail veers off to the right down a gravel forest service road after reaching Old House Gap.

Directions from Boone: Take Hwy 105 S for 17 miles to Linville. At the 4-way stop at Eseeola, turn left onto Roseborough Rd. Follow to the Blue Ridge Parkway and cross the BRP. Descend the gravel road for 3.1 miles to parking on either side of bridge over Gragg Prong Creek. FS 192 heads uphill on the left after the bridge.

Magic Cycles AdRocky Knob Bike Park (Boone): The 185-acre Rocky Knob Bike Park features a skills course, miles of technical mountain biking trails and a recently completed pump track. When complete Rocky Knob will host six to eight miles of mountain bike trails for all skill levels, three shelters, an adventure playground, and picnic areas.

Directions from Boone: Take Hwy 421 East toward Wilkesboro and look for the park on the right just east of the city limit.

221/Blue Ridge Parkway Loop (Blowing Rock): Cycling in the High Country is known for its steep climbs, fast descents, and incredible vistas in between. The Hwy 221/Blue Ridge Parkway 50 mile loop is a quintessential High Country ride that provides cyclists with fast corners, lush canopy overhead, and long climbs. Multiple pull-offs along both roads offer cyclists a chance to catch their breath, rest their legs, and take in a variety of astounding views.

Directions from Boone: Take Hwy 321 S for 6.8 miles to right onto 321 Business in to downtown Blowing Rock. Turn right onto Hwy 221 and follow 1.6 miles to the rest area on the left.

Best Boone Bike Rides

Valle To Beech Ride (Valle Crucis): This 23 mile ride makes the tremendously difficult climb from Banner Elk up the steep and winding Hwy 184 to Beech Mountain. This section of the Beech Mountain Parkway climbs from 3600 ft. to 5400 ft. in just 3.4 miles.

Directions from Boone: Take Hwy 105 S for 4.8 miles to right onto Broadstone Rd./Highway 194. Follow for 2.9 miles to the Historic Mast General Store in Valle Crucis Start in Valle Crucis, head up Hwy 194 near the General Store, reach Banner Elk, and turn right onto the Beech Mountain Parkway and continue ascending to Beech Mountain. Return to Valle Crucis via Hwy 194.

Best Boone Bike Rides

Dark Mountain Trail (Kerr Scott Reservoir): The Dark Mountain Trail is part of the 20+ mile trail system found at the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir. With huge berms, fast descents, and moderate climbs, the 7.5 mile Dark Mountain Trail rips around the mountainous terrain near Kerr Scott Lake. While Dark Mountain is the jewel of the system, be sure to also check out the technical Warrior Creek section and/or the gentle Overmountain Victory Trails.

Directions from Boone: Take Hwy 421 S for 28 miles to Wilkesboro. Take exit 286B to NC 268 W from Wilkesboro. 3 miles past US 421, turn right at the W. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir sign onto Reservoir Rd. Follow across W. Kerr Scott Dam, turn left at the flagpole to parking area.

Best Boone Bike Rides

Emerald Outback / Beech Mountain Trails (Beech Mountain): Beech Mountain is quickly becoming ground zero for some of the best riding in North Carolina. Mountain bikers can ride a lift to the top of Beech Mountain and bomb it down some of the steepest downhill trails in the Eastern U.S. For those not quite ready to let it rip on the steeps, the nearby Emerald Outback Trails offer a great alternative for mountain bikers and hikers looking to explore over 8 miles of trails located at over 5,400 feet in elevation.

Directions from Boone: Take Hwy 105 S to Banner Elk and make your way to Beech Mountain. Downhill trails are located at Beech Mountain, while the Emerald Outback can be accessed via a trailhead at the center of town.

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Address: 140 Depot St, Boone, NC 28607 || 828.265.2211

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