October 19, 2012
This is hands down my favorite trail system. I've been to probably 20 trails on the east coast, and this is my favorite by far. It's very unique. If you ride the lower trails that don't climb the mountain, they're great and all, but it's just like most other XC you've done before. The real fun for me, is climbing the mountain. These are so unique in the way that they climb the WHOLE mountain without stopping, then go down the WHOLE thing at once. It's awesome.
My favorite loop is to take Poverty Creek to SnakeRoot, climb snake root, then go down Jacobs ladder. Snake root is also amazing to go down. Jacobs is the fastest downhill I've ever been on, littered with 2-3 foot drops (mostly at the end) and snake root has a bunch of flowy corners, and intense banks (at the end). But try more than these! There's only one trail out there I don't like (Beauty).