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    MTB trails near Burnsville?

    Hey guys, I'm staying in a cabin up in the mountains a few miles south of Burnsville, NC for the next week....are there any MTB trails close by? I've been searching online and haven't found any yet. I'm staying right in the Pisgah N.F., so I figure there has to be some trails.

    Thanks for any help.

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    I think the closest would be up in Barnardsville in the Coleman Boundardy. Check out the below link. Its got all the info you need.

    Trails in the Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead Area

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    Alexander bike park is decently close also

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    Awesome! Thanks for the assistance!

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    What do you consider close?

    Don't know what those trails are like but if riding alone, parts of Pisgah can get pretty rough especially if you are not familiar with it. You could travel just a little further to Bent Creek. Plenty of great trails in Bent Creek and they are linked fairly well. Plus if something happens there is enough traffic out there that there will be some assistance.

    Just my $.02

    Probably about 45 miles from where you will be staying.
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    Great recommendation. I will be riding solo, so well marked trails would be nice. I've heard Pisgah can be hard to navigate at times.

    I will be in Asheville after my stay up here in Burnsville, I'll plan to check out Bent Creek at that time.


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    Whatever you do buy a good map, it will increase your riding experience.
    Most people seem to prefer the Western NC Trail Guide over the NatGeo map.

    Also check out the local meetup sight.
    Often group rides are posted and you may be able to join one of those.

    Pisgah Area Mountain Biking Meetup (Mills River, NC) - Meetup
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    I haven't ridden there yet but there is Rocky Knob bike park in Boone which isn't too terribly far from Burnsville. You say you are staying in the Pisgah, so I assume you are talking the Hemlocks or Black Mountain campground areas. Unfortunately not really any bike legal trails in that area. Sanchez is right though the Coleman boundary is probably the closest.

    Here is better link. Big Ivy Tour (Coleman Boundary) Best Ride
    Bring you big boy pants, and a good map/gps, this is some rough terrain. Actually just read you are doing this solo. Not knowing what kind of a rider you are I'd actually probably not recommend this as a solo route. I'd would actually be a bit reluctant to ride it solo just due to its remoteness.

    Though a lot depends on your riding skills, age, etc.

    So that leads me back to Rocky Knob in Boone, and maybe Dark Mountain near wilksboro. Kerr Scott Trail Guide

    That way you could get taste of that area, and hopefully you would have time to get a tasted of true Pisgah not far from Asheville. Though I wouldn't lump Bent Creek into that category. Don't get me wrong, I ride those trails all the time, but doesn't compare to so true pisgah trails, but the solo thing can be an issue unless you are experienced heading out solo and have good map skills and a great sense of direction.

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    I will do it id the timing is right.

    Been wanting to get back there again soon.
    This time without being hung over. lol
    Probably won't be this weekend though since my foot still has not healed and now my shoulder is all F'ed up from going OTB when I hit that mud hole on Catgap this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by enewman View Post
    Hey guys, I'm staying in a cabin up in the mountains a few miles south of Burnsville, NC for the next week....are there any MTB trails close by? I've been searching online and haven't found any yet. I'm staying right in the Pisgah N.F., so I figure there has to be some trails.

    Thanks for any help.
    What cabin you staying in? That's a great area if the mtns. IMO. We stay just outside Burnsville, off 19E. I have ridden parts of the ORAMM course last year, but it was just the fire road portion...good workout, and hope to ride the singletrack this year.
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    Great info guys. I probably am a bit out of my league to go solo on some of these trails...I'm not the most technically advanced rider, and I'm on a hardtail carbon 29er, I'm sure it's not a great setup for the rocks of this area. I'm just hoping to get in some good XC style riding and enjoy the amazing scenery here.

    I'm actually prepping for the 50-miler coming up April 28th in the Uwharrie Forest, and the Leadville MTB race later this summer in CO. I got out on my road bike yesterday and enjoyed some of the awesome climbing this area offers.

    Where can I pick up the Western NC Trail Guide map?

    We're staying in a house ~6 miles south of Burnsville off of 197.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enewman View Post

    Where can I pick up the Western NC Trail Guide map?

    We're staying in a house ~6 miles south of Burnsville off of 197.
    Pretty much any bike shop and I imagine most outdoor shops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by enewman View Post
    Great info guys. I probably am a bit out of my league to go solo on some of these trails...I'm not the most technically advanced rider, and I'm on a hardtail carbon 29er, I'm sure it's not a great setup for the rocks of this area. I'm just hoping to get in some good XC style riding and enjoy the amazing scenery here.

    I'm actually prepping for the 50-miler coming up April 28th in the Uwharrie Forest, and the Leadville MTB race later this summer in CO. I got out on my road bike yesterday and enjoyed some of the awesome climbing this area offers.

    Where can I pick up the Western NC Trail Guide map?

    We're staying in a house ~6 miles south of Burnsville off of 197.
    Yeah, that is nice in that area. If you are looking to do some climbing on the Mtb, head up into the Cattail Community. Lots of dirtroads and vertical change. You could go over the ridge to Old Fort and ride Kitzuma as well for some singletrack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by enewman View Post
    Great info guys. I probably am a bit out of my league to go solo on some of these trails...I'm not the most technically advanced rider, and I'm on a hardtail carbon 29er, I'm sure it's not a great setup for the rocks of this area. I'm just hoping to get in some good XC style riding and enjoy the amazing scenery here.
    He said this

    Quote Originally Posted by mopartodd View Post
    Yeah, that is nice in that area. If you are looking to do some climbing on the Mtb, head up into the Cattail Community. Lots of dirtroads and vertical change. You could go over the ridge to Old Fort and ride Kitzuma as well for some singletrack.
    And yet you recommend Kitsuma

    If you are going to give bad advice, please at least learn how to spell Kitsuma.

    Seriously though, we need to pay attention to what people are looking for before we send them on trails that are potentially above their pay grade. Kitsuma may not be the toughest trail around here, but for a guy from Indiana who says he is not a technical rider, it could be "OMG! You mean to tell me you ride a bike on that!". lol
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    Taking into account that perhaps he is modest about his skills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mopartodd View Post
    Taking into account that perhaps he is modest about his skills.

    Even if he did, I would rather error the other way.

    Besides, most people think they are better than they really are. lol
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    MTB trails near Burnsville?

    Just rode kitsuma last week, and at the time was thinking that it would be a decent ride on a hardtail. In my opinion, the trail seems more steep and strenuous than technical. It might be a good ride especially if the OP is aerobically fit and willing to climb a very steep pitch. It has nice views on the ridgeline, and the slog up old 70 would be easier on his carbon hardtail. I'm not sure about the car trip from Burnsville to Kitsuma though. If climbing fitness and technical prowess are both lacking, I'd stay away...

    I haven't ridden Coleman boundary, so can't comment on that. A day trip to Boone to ride Rocky Knob might be a nice excursion from Burnsville.

    There's more variety in Asheville, but it sounds like that's a later stop in his itinerary.

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    Yeah, it is a b!tch of a climb.
    I think it was slightly techy up top but certainly not the most techy I have seen.
    Over all, it was OK but not the trail I would send somebody to their first time in the area.

    Distance wise, Bent Creek is about 15 minutes closer and in my opinion would offer more bang for the buck.
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    Maybe you need to hang around with people who have more realistic expectations of themselves. lol
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    Either way the OP said he was looking for XC style riding which I don't know if I would consider Kitsuma an XC trail.
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    That is solely your opinion, but that doesn't make it right or universally accepted. Too bad. I gave him another option. Sorry for the difference of opinion.

    Too, the OP said he enjoyed the climbing he did on the roadbike...Maybe the climbing at kitsuma would be to his liking.
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    Ok, you win.
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    Kitsuma Mountain Bike Trail in Black Mountain, North Carolina || SINGLETRACKS.COM

    The climb does sound inviting, I do love a good climb (I've climbed Mt. Mitchell several times from the Marion side on road bike), but the black diamond difficulty rating steers me away from it. I recently rode trails in CO and the black diamonds I encountered out there were not for me, I could barely hike-a-bike down the trails!

    Bent Creek definitely sounds like a place to check out.

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    Bent Creek is a nice place to ride too. Easy to get in some loops for distance. Have fun.
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    Bent Creek is a fun trail system and there is nothing there that I personally find extremely difficult. Now you may feel a little different but SORBA/PAS does beginner rides out there every Wed night. You can get your bang for the buck out there.
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