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Live The Dream #10 - Our new mountain bike parks

The list of outdoor activities available in the High Country just got longer, thanks to the recent opening of two great mountain bike parks.

Emerald Outback Beech MountainThe eight-mile Emerald Outback in Beech Mountain opened May 1. It is the first phase of a planned 25-mile biking/hiking/running/whatevering trail that is expected to be an outdoor jewel. That same day, a 1.6-mile portion of the Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park near Boone opened. Work continues on the another 6.1 miles.

The blog Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park has details and photos on both outdoor pedal adventures. Here's a recent post on the Emerald Outback.
Mountain biking on Beech Mountain defies comparison. Trails meander through a beautifully stunted forest of twisted birch and beech trees above 5000 feet. Unlike the dense forests of Pisgah, the woods are open and covered with grass and fern. The stunning views require attention: the Northern Peaks come into view on one side as do the Roan Highlands on the other. The trails are an old school mix of twisty, turny, rooty singletrack that climb and descend constantly. If you learned to mountain bike in the late 80s and early 90s, you’ll feel like you are coming home. If you are new school, then this style will quickly add to you skill base. Perhaps most interestingly, the trails leave from town and take you into the remote Outback. This area is worth a visit.

Here's a tour of the Emerald Outback, courtesy of a helmet cam.