Jillian Raymond does her best to not get distracted by the fall colors.

Jillian Raymond does her best to not get distracted by the vibrant fall colors.

If you’re a mountain biker chances are you’ve heard of great biking in the Appalachian Mountains. From Maine to Georgia there’s no shortage of stellar singletrack destinations to seek out. But have you ever heard of Rocky Knob Park? In North Carolina, Ashville tends to get the most press, but after a couple of million dollars in investment and an immense community effort that includes more than four thousand volunteer hours, Boone’s Rocky Knob Park is more than deserving of your attention.

The showroom at Boone Bike, Boone, NC.

The showroom at Boone Bike, Boone, NC.

First off Boone, NC is a worthy destination in and of itself. Spectacular rock climbing and hiking trails frame this bluegrass infused town that’s home to more than one tasty microbrewery and several standout eateries. This vibrant college town is easily one of the jewels of the East Coast.

If you’re passing through the area and want to bike at Rocky Knob the crew at Boone Bike has got you covered. They have everything you want to get biking in the area from road bike equipment suitable for riding the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, to everything you’ll need to shred Rocky Knob Park in style. Great bikes, great service and fair prices. This shop was a real treat to work with as they made going from shop to riding and back as easy as possible.

The newly opened pump track at the base of Rocky Knob park is as fun as it is scenic.

The newly opened pump track at the base of Rocky Knob Park is as fun as it is scenic.

Upon reaching Rocky Knob the uniqueness of riding in Appalachia is beyond apparent if you’re used to riding in the American West. The colors of the deciduous forest during fall is something any earth lover will enjoy. The trail system is incredibly well marked, maintained and offers a little something for everyone. The majority of the trail system is best described as moderate singletrack that’s rockier than it is buffed, but the trails are in such good shape the rocky features keep you on your toes on the up, and provide fun challenging obstacles on the down. There’s also three separate skills areas that allow riders to practice getting air, going big, and working on their comfort zone with regard to technical challenges on a bike.

Jillian Raymond enjoying the down in Rocky Knob Park.

Jillian Raymond enjoying the down in Rocky Knob Park.

When you get to Boone it’s easy to fall in love with the place for a variety of reasons. When you get to Rock Knob you’ll probably find yourself wanting to stick around for a few laps before seeing how many times you can make it around the newly polished pump track without stopping. With Rocky Knob Park’s completion, Boone now has a mountain bike park that’s fun enough to go out of your way for a visit, even though the town itself is so worthy of a trip. If you’re anywhere near Boone do yourself a favor and stop by. Hit up Boone Bike for any biking needs and enjoy the hard work these locals threw down to create something any outdoor community would celebrate.