September 20, 2014
Poston is back!!! After some required re-routes due to the expansion of a lake at the park which impeded on the original routes, there has been amazing work by volunteers to keep this trail alive, relevant, and better than ever!
Combination of tight technical climbs and quick descents (a couple will put you into full 'pucker mode'!) Beautiful runs along natural creeks with crossings by bridge and right through the shallow spots. Some jumps, drops, and rock gardens are found throughout the trail and the Spencer Mountain loop has some serious climbing and downhill sections. The trail drains and dries very well - can usually ride about 24hrs after even serious rainfall - in fact, this is my 'go-to' trail when the USNWC drags their feet on opening their trails.
The new trailhead is one of the best in the area with paved lot, picnic shelters, trail map posted (with a QR code that will let you download to your mobile device).
There is a kids trail which starts from the same trailhead lot and a fishing pond with a pier a short walk from the trailhead which the trail also circles.
The park also offers shelters, big playground, horseshoe pits, restroom facilities with running water and sometimes even vendors serving food and ice cream. Very convenient to I-85, good option if you are traveling through and want to hit a spot that represents NC well without getting lost in the sticks! Check out "Hillbillies" steakhouse and restaurant that is at the I-85 exit (see photos) for a post-ride meal...great spot!
Rocky River Trail