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High Country is a haven for outdoor recreationalists

One of the High Country's newest outdoor gems recently caught the attention of the Washington Post. Its lifestyle section dedicated space to exploring the excitement of Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park, a hiking/biking area located just outside of Boone. It opened in 2010, and continues to grow in both amenities and popularity.

It's a scenic locale, but don't expect tranquility. It can sound like a carnival, and be as fun.

Rocky Knob Park trail mapNext thing I knew, screams were coming from the track, and the mountain biker was on the dirt. I wondered whether he was hurt, and I felt my self-preservation instinct kick in: Am I going to kill myself on this thing tomorrow?

Moments later, the biker got up and joined the man in the parking lot, seemingly unscathed. But the screams continued, and it took me a minute to understand that his only pain was that of being separated from his beloved bike.

“Pleeeease!” he sobbed. “Once more!” The man lectured the young cyclist about his “tone.” And that’s when I made another mental note: No matter how things went down with my first mountain-biking adventure the next day, I wouldn’t act like a 6-year-old. I will not, I told myself, make a scene in the parking lot.

The writer took on the course the next day, and enjoyed it. Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park is just one of the many great neighbors which make living the dream so worthwhile in the High Country of North Carolina.