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    Rocky Knob Park- Boone NC

    Trail Dynamics was selected for a design/build contract for this new mountain bike facility in Boone. http://booneareaoutdoors.com/2010/07...ays-of-summer/

    Phase 1 is currently under contract, this will be the beginners’ loop trail which is just under 2 miles.

    The design team (Kristian, Chuck and Bob) have been working for 2 weeks on the design and that is now complete. Volunteers began clearing corridor on July 22 and will work again this weekend. Trail Dynamics will begin machine rough in of the trail on Monday July 26. There are several very burly rock gardens to get through on this first loop.

    Plans for the whole park include:

    - More mountain bike loops including moderate and more difficult loops
    - A flow trail with jumps
    - An adventure playground at the trailhead
    - Skills areas of different difficulty levels (beginners and more advanced)

    This is a hybrid contract with TD staff responsible for the trail design and rough and finished grading with machines, while volunteers are responsible for corridor clearing and finish work.

    This coming week is a great opportunity to get involved in the project. We have a kick off meeting at the Broyhill at 6PM on Thursday July 29. This will be a 1.5 hr general overview of what the project is all about. We will show some photos of what the landscape on Rocky Knob looks like, but also some images of visions for the complete trail system (all loops) and what we want the trails to look like.

    On Sat. July 31 we will be presenting a Sustainable Trails Design workshop at the Best Western and out at the park. Indoor session will be 9-12 and then lunch, followed by a field session for crew leaders and volunteers from 2-6 at the park.

    For more info, check out the Boone Area Cyclist website:
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    http://www2.wataugademocrat.com/stor...ails_id_003028

    This is a very exciting project and TD is super excited about the potential for this park to have a great trail system. We look forward to working with many of the locals up there in the high country to develop the park and trails to the fullest potential.

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    The first loop is designed, Construction started on Monday.

    Here is a great blog with stories and photos each day of progress, challenges, and rewards:
    http://rockyknob.wordpress.com/

    Rocky Knob will become a destination mountain bike park when complete. Ed and 5 other TD crew members are in Boulder CO helping to build Valmont Bike Park:
    http://www.bma-mtb.org/valmontbikepark/

    Busy times for the entire Trail Dynamics team.

    Woody

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    Thanks for the update.

    I'll be at the Broyhill this evening. Should the volunteers attend the workshop or just be at the park at two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lule
    Thanks for the update.

    I'll be at the Broyhill this evening. Should the volunteers attend the workshop or just be at the park at two?
    We will give details at the Kick-Off presentation tonight at the Broyhill. If you want to learn about sustainable trail planning and design, come to the indoor presentation on Sat. AM. If you just want to be grunt labor, blow off the indoor session and show up at the park at 2PM.

    See you there.

    Woody

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    Always awesome news to hear of a new bike park opening, thanks for posting this and the links to the park...I know I'll be a customer.
    Although I live in Mills River I travel to Boone frequently to visit my nephew and load up on his Boone Barr food bars.

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    Great presentation last night on the park process and progress. Woody and his team seem competent and capable. I'm stoked to live in a town with such a keen focus on outdoor recreation.

    Thanks to all who are making this happen.

    Trail work 2-6 pm Saturday. The more volunteer hours, the faster this will happen.

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    I don't live in the area, but travel there twice a year. When is the projected completion date?
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    First loop should be ready to ride Septemberish.

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    Here are a few maps of the first loop (rated Blue- Moderate):
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    awesome guys can't thank you enough for the hard work!

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    The construction kicked off this past week and we had a great week. The Kick Off presentation on Thur. was a packed room of folks eager to learn of the vision for the Park. Sat. morning was an indoor trail school with 15 or so folks learning the basics of sustainable trail design, and the afternoon was digging in the dirt with 23 volunteers. Thanks to everyone who participated.

    Trail Dynamics gets to work on a lot of cool projects each and every year. Rocky Knob is however a very special project to me as we moved away from the area (lived in Boone and Blowing Rock for 24 years) partly due to the lack of good mountain biking close-by. We found ourselves driving down to Wilson's Creek, Woods Mountain, or Mt. Rogers area to ride, all of those are 1hr + from Boone.

    It was great to re-connect with some old mountain bike friends from the High Country Mountain Bile Association (HCMBA) days, and also meet some new friends. I served as President for HCMBA for 4 years, and it just did not continue after we moved away. There is great new leadership and energy in the new Boone Area Cyclist and without this club Rocky Knob would not be happening.

    Great new posts in the Rocky Knob blog by Kristian Jackson:
    http://rockyknob.wordpress.com/

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    Hey guys looks great...

    I live im wilkes and love the trails here but am always excitec about new trails..

    How far up 421 is this park??

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    Looks like a great project! We have some clients up in the Boone area and they have been talking about building some trails for over a year now. I am going to be up in the Boone area soon and would like to schedule it with one of their afternoon workdays. Are they meeting every Thursday afternoon at 6pm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spec4life
    Hey guys looks great...

    I live im wilkes and love the trails here but am always excitec about new trails..

    How far up 421 is this park??

    Coming from down off the mountain, Rocky Knob is just before the Nissan dealership and on your left. Hope to have the first loop (2.6 miles moderate) completed in Oct.

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    [QUOTE=. Are they meeting every Thursday afternoon at 6pm?[/QUOTE]

    R,

    Yup, I think the plan is for Dirty Thursdays for the next while. They will also be scheduling some weekend days for work. Stay tuned to the blog and here for any updates.

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    Some photos from the planning/design phase.........

    1. My first visit to the property back in June, still on crutches.

    2.Chuck and Bob designing the first loop, looking for cool landscape features.

    3. MotoMike explores the potential of the property and enjoys the beauty of the land.
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    Can't wait to take a two wheeler down the new trailz !!! Thanx for the hard work & efforts.
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    Those boulders are everywhere. 'Rocky' it most definitely is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lule
    Those boulders are everywhere. 'Rocky' it most definitely is.

    Indeed, Rocky Knob was well named. This will provide for a really cool trail with lots of things to look at while riding, and lots of rock for trail tread. Also provides for very challenging trail building.
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    Here are some more photos showing just how rocky Rocky Knob is and some finished trail photos.
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    Sweet attachments on your mobility scooter!

    This looks like a very cool project. A very smart move by folks up in Boone.

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    [QUOTE=D.F.L.]Sweet attachments on your mobility scooter!

    It is a bit slow (crawl speed of 1.5 mph), but if there is something you can't reach on the top shelf........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodman



    2.Chuck and Bob designing the first loop, looking for cool landscape features.

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    I'm pretty sure Chuck is talking about how to fell that tree so it will fall in the opposite direction than it's leaning, and he is wagering money that he can do it with a plunge cut...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodman
    Here are some more photos showing just how rocky Rocky Knob is and some finished trail photos.
    NICE! I'm stoked about this addition to the high country!

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    Construction on the first loop of Rocky Knob park has cranked back up this week. TD staff Bob Karriker is back after 2 weeks of trail education work in Dayton OH and is excited to again be working in the high country.

    Volunteers had a great work session on Thur. evening and are staying caught up behind Bob and the machine work. We will be there through the end of Sept. this go round machine building and giving lots of work for the volunteers. The goal would be to have the first loop finished are ready to ride late fall with more to come in spring 2011.

    Thanks to everyone who has worked to make this new bike park and trail system happen. Spring 2011 will also see the development of a skills area in the main park and one up on the hill incorporated into the trails. Lots of TTFs and optional lines will also be part of the trails at Rocky Knob

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    Update

    Close to a mile of trail has been roughed in by machine by TD's Bob Karriker. BAC volunteers remain highly motivated and are working on corridor clearing and finish work behind the mini-ex.

    I have attached a map that shows a progress report. Work will continue for the rest of Sept, and then mid Oct on (with a short break from Bob on the project. Stay tuned to the BAC website for updates and volunteer days which are happening on a regular basis.
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    Trail apparently now open. Hope to check it out next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcxmbfj View Post
    Trail apparently now open. Hope to check it out next week.
    2 loops are now open, enjoy.

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    Had a chance to ride here last weekend, very nice. If I had to compare it to anything local (Asheville),
    It's as though Ridgeline has been recreated using material from Farlow. Flowy/rocky at it's best.
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    You ain't seen nothin' yet!

    The upper section is coming along nicely and is going to be incredible. Wait until you see the bridges that have been built.

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    Alright, guys. I'm considering making the drive from Hendersonville to Boone to ride this Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park. Is it free? Is it open all day every day? Are the bridges and stunts fun? Just looking for some more info. I've checked out rockyknob.wordpress.com, and it looks like fun. Is it worth the drive?

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    Geriatric mountain biker and trail maintainer... ...with digital braking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainbiker24 View Post
    Alright, guys. I'm considering making the drive from Hendersonville to Boone to ride this Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park. Is it free? Is it open all day every day? Are the bridges and stunts fun? Just looking for some more info. I've checked out rockyknob.wordpress.com, and it looks like fun. Is it worth the drive?
    Free? Yes. 24/7? Yes. Bridge and stunts fun? Yes. It would take some time to hit every drop, jump, bridge, skinny and obstacle. Some come in to just to do the jump line. Some dig the techy climbs.

    Is it worth the drive? Probably at least once!

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    Thanks! Looks like I'll be driving up there on Monday.

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    More than worth the drive.

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    MTB24, hope you had a great ride!. Please take a minute and fill out the trail survey. This data will help show that RKP is being used by out-of-town visitors. Many of you on this board have visited also, and we could use your thoughts too. Thanks for this.

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    Just got back, and it was a good time! Not as technical as I was expecting, but more flowy! The downhill trail (PBJ?) was excellent (perfect for my mediocre jumping skills), and the skills areas were challenging. I highly recommend people get out to Rocky Knob at least once! I'll be going out there again

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    I was there for the first time this past Tuesday... excellent riding. I see there's a trail survey which I will fill out.
    I read that on the internet.

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    Haven't been there yet, but will hit it, weather permitting, in the next couple of months. BIG question though, I am a SS 29er guy, with a full rigid bike. Will I be able to handle the inclines in this park?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spistols View Post
    Haven't been there yet, but will hit it, weather permitting, in the next couple of months. BIG question though, I am a SS 29er guy, with a full rigid bike. Will I be able to handle the inclines in this park?
    IMHO if you are a strong rider, which you probably are, it shouldn't be too much of a problem for you.
    I read that on the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spistols View Post
    Haven't been there yet, but will hit it, weather permitting, in the next couple of months. BIG question though, I am a SS 29er guy, with a full rigid bike. Will I be able to handle the inclines in this park?
    Ryan at Magic Cycles rides the same setup as you and seems to have no problems. I'll stop by and ask him if he's been to the top and how doable it is.

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    Is the park closing for the winter again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoPaper View Post
    Is the park closing for the winter again?
    It all depends on the weather.

    The frost/thaw cycle has begun and I saw some spots, during my walk of the lower two loops last Saturday, where the dirt sections had gone from tacky to gooey already.

    Really, there is no way to physically block anyone from riding there when it's closed. Good riders respect the 'closed' sign and understand why it's closed, although there will always be the egocentric types who will go in and damage the trails anyway.

    Just use your best judgement.

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    Man, I hope it stays warm a couple more weeks as I'll be renting a house the weekend of 12/8 that's only 4 miles away from the park.
    Didn't even know about Rocky Knob until stumbling upon this thread; so very cool!

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    Any current trail info?

    I just found out this morning that I will be heading to Boone tomorrow for the funeral of a family member. I'll probably be in town for 2-3 days... I figured I'd check out Rocky Knob while I'm in town to brighten an otherwise sad trip... (if the trails are in good shape.) Can someone local chime in? Thanks.
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    Messy and slippery in spots.

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    Weather is really warm for this time of year, should be a good day for a ride.

    Tons of folks were out over the weekend, reports are the parking lot was full. Enjoy.

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    Well hopefully not messy in too many spots... A full parking lot over the past weekend sounds promising. My hotel appears to be 4 miles from the trail, sounds like ill have to hit it...

    Thanks for the info...
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    Rode it Monday afternoon. lower section is indeed a little moist but not awful. Upper trails are fine and coming back down was dry and uneventful.
    Chance of rain late tomorrow so It should be good to go for early or afternoon ride,enjoy!
    On another note anyone Know why the pump track was removed?
    Are they going to build another?
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    In addition to warm, it has been very dry for quite some time. There may be a few soft spots due to humid nights and a bit of freeze/thaw, but it should be good riding conditions. If you ride early AM, just be aware of possible thin frost on any of the wood structures.

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