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Level: Advanced
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +256/269 ft
Total: 176 riders
 

Mountain Biking Rocky Knob Park

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#381 of 617 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#57 in the world

Rocky Knob is a 185-acre mountain bike park in Boone, NC. The mountain hosts about 8 miles of mountain bike trails rated intermediate to advanced. There are no true beginner trails here.
The trails feature rowdy, rocky singletrack cutting through rhododendron thickets and scenic Appalachian forest. The climb is intense, technically challenging and ROCKY but the descent is well worth it.
The park also features three skills areas, ranging from beginner to advanced, and the PBJ, an advanced skills downhill jump trail. The trailhead features an adventure playground, shelter and picnic areas. Flush toilets are under construction as of may 2014.

Before you go
  • Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • Night riding allowed
  • Pump track
  • Restrooms
Getting there
Rocky Knob Park is located about 2.9 miles east of the intersection of Hwy 321 and 421 in Boone NC, directly off of Highway 421.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Boone, North Carolina

| 2.3 mi
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Beginner | 3 mi

Rider questions

Q: Can one rent a bile?
A: Yes. Rentals are available from the local bike shops a few miles away: Boone Bike & Touring or Magic Cycles.

Q: Is the trail back open for 2016
A: The park is now open year round, although the trails will close periodically when muddy.

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  • *****

    More rocks than I'm used to on city trails in Charlotte, but once I got used to the rock gardens it was a great ride! Will be back!

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  • SapperMain
    *****

    I love this trail. I think it has a little bit of everything for riders of all skill levels. Rocks, jumps, drops climbs and flow. Progress or learn to jump on PBJ, send it down Ol' Hoss and Boat Rock, or take the Rocky Branch Loop for a comparatively easier ride.

    However, the newest addition to the trail has recently opened. It is a double black diamond call Black Forest (it has an upper and a lower section with the upper being far more difficult than the lower). It has load of chunk, gnar, drops, and jumps. Not for the faint of heart, so pick your lines wisely. Unless you're an expert, I don't recommend riding it blind the first time through.

    The Black Forest Upper entrance can be found at the top of Ol' Hoss. You won't regret it.

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  • keithericbowen
    *****

    This is a great place to ride. When I leave this place, I am already looking forward to my return.

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  • Adam Sill
    *****

    Amazing MTB park. The trail starts off with a fair amount of climbing which is to be expected but once you reach the top of the Ol' Hoss trail it really opens up and gets wild. Nothing is too difficult and the PBJ downhill section is the most fun I've ever ridden. Very well put together and a blast to ride all the way through with some pretty scenery.

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  • JJ4Sylvan
    ****

    I really liked this trail but there are some parts that are uphill and difficult for some mtb riders. I will be sure to come back again though!

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  • Kvnm109
    *****

    Memorable Memorial day!

    This trail system is amazing! We did the intermediate portion (roughly 1.6 mi) and the first .75mi for us flat lander's was a bit tiring but the downhill back down was the best trail I've been on yet! It made my wife excited about mountain biking and I couldn't ask for anything more than that!

    Big thanks to Magic Cycles for getting us set up with two FS bikes to tackle these trails!
    We already are planning to come back!

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  • sharps
    *****

    Awesome, well maintained trail - nice climbs, sweet downhill. Pump track has the best views in the state !

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  • JMC203
    *****

    Overall, this is a very well done trail system. The trails are marked with maps at every intersection and the trail workers are constantly up keeping and making improvements. It can be a tough climb to the top, but it's broken up by scattered skills areas. The rocks were a bit rough on my hard tail, so I stuck to riding the smoother downhill run. The PBJ trail was my first time riding true downhill, and it definitely did not disappoint. It's a flowy run that consists of switchbacks with large berms, that are broken up by a few medium-large box jumps each pass, as well as a few rocky areas and a rocky 4 foot drop (which is avoidable). If you are looking for a fast way to the top of PBJ, there is a service road under the power lines that can be accessed by a path at the far end of the parking lot. Follow the path under the lines and keep going until you see the road on your left. Follow the road until you see the PBJ trail cross near the top, then cut into the woods on the uppermost trail crossing. Both the path and the road are too steep and loose to ride up, but it gets you there significantly faster than the trials do. Definitely a place to check out if you are in the area.

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  • Colton Lock
    *****

    I wish I could ride here every day. The climb to the top is long but the down is well worth it. The 'skills area/pump track' is fun too!

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  • *****

    One of the best trails in Boone! So much things to offer. Closes from December 1-March 30 for trail upgrades and maintenance.

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  • wca_tim
    *****

    Love this place! (not only is it a GREAT place to ride, but the road riding in the area is awesome and warrior creek always seems to be a stop on the way there or back... ;-)

    Overall a nice mix of relatively easy and some more challenging areas (which can be navigated by less experienced riders, just take your time). The redone PB&J segment rocks! great flowing banked turns, some jumps, etc... overall a must do!

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  • Daniel_Sheets
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    Three time riding this trail and each time the P B and J has been improve by trail workers each time.Very well built to IMBA standards trail and fun to ride.I am a average rider nearly 63 and I could most every bit of it.some of the rock gardens and skinnies were a bit tough. All they need is more trail.I got it all done in about 1-1/4 hours.

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  • Chase Carlson
    *****

    This trail system is very nice and very professional. All the maps and posters here feel very professionally photo shopped making it easy for a tourist like me to find my way around. and has nice covered eating area with an awesome pump track. The trails them self are also very well put together with a great mix of berms, jumps, drop, rock gardens, and pumping sections. There hardest trail I much appreciate as it has REQUIRED obstacles like drops I just wish it was a little longer and maybe a bit more difficult.

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  • Seymore Braap
    ****

    Great trail system. Awesome park. They built this place right. Great signage, which I love as an out-of-towner, it made it very easy to find my way. You climb for almost 5 miles, but there are some fun obstacles to tackle along the way to break it up. There are some steep sections (some with rocks); very technical at times. The climb is worth it for the down hill with plenty of jumps and berms. I rode in November, so the leaves covered the trail which added a surprise factor considering all of the rocks. This is an intermediate to advanced trail system due to the amount and pitch of the climbs. I highly recommend it if you are in the area.

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  • *****

    Beautiful, well-maintained and well-marked trails. Rode Rocky Branch to Middle Earth to Boat Rock - A very fun ride with a mixture of smooth single track and rocky technical terrain. Didn't have time to play on any of the skills areas or pump track, but I will be back!

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  • mtberik
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    The trails here are very technical and fun. Some of them are flowy and others are rocky and some even have jumplines. What i thought was cool was that there were mini skill parks scattered across the park that were fun. There is also a pump track but it was closed when i was there.

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  • Brent Tyndall
    *****

    Hit the trail for the first time this past week. I usually ride around the coast so this was quite a change. This trail lives up to it's name. The climbs were intense but the reward was well worth it. I will definitely be back to tackle this place again!

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  • Philwhunt
    *****

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these trails. All climbing is generously rewarded with rocky, flowy descents. Did I mention rocky? This place lives up to its name. The rocks (of all shapes and sizes) are definitely the best feature of this system and provide plenty of challenge whether going up or down. They make line choice extremely important. Skills areas are ok but aren't quite as fun as the trail itself. The black diamond ratings might be a little high and seem to have more to do with what could happen at speed - but better safe than sorry when letting riders know what they're about to get into. Pump track is well built and maintained.
    Bottom line: go ride these trails and smoke some rocks.

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