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    Spring Riding in Asheville Area?

    We typically head West during Mud season up here in VT to get in some sunny desert riding in late Mar/Early April.

    Time to change things up.

    When is the earliest in the Spring one can expect warmer, constant trail conditions in the Asheville/Brevard area?

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    That time of the year is still pretty unpredictable.
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    Perfect time of year to check out the sorbacsra trails. Great camping at Petersburg. Strongly recommended.

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    So, it late April/Early May a good time to plan a trip and not be limited in trail choice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodstockMTB View Post
    So, it late April/Early May a good time to plan a trip and not be limited in trail choice?
    Yes. Much better. Late April-May will still have the typical mtn spring weather(afternoon showers, etc), outside chance for a last snow up higher, morning frost, etc. But generally speaking, by then its(along with Fall) arguably the best time to ride the area. Rarely have I seen trail closure issues by then.
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    Turkey season mid April - mid May.
    Most years you have mild and enjoyable weather. Can be cold and frosty mornings in April. Then again, by early May you can be having 70 days. For the most part, I've never known any trail conditions during that time that would have any real impact except out of the ordinary weather events. A great time of year to be in the woods. Trees are just budding out. Dogwoods in bloom.

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    Apr/May cusp it is. Hoping for some good music in Asheville....we'll be sampling as many breweries as we can,

    Best BBQ in the area?

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    If you want to do before April 15 you will get here in time before the seasonal trails close.

    Also the SORBA Spring Fling will be April 4-6.
    Free car camping at the Cove Creek Campground and a good opportunity to meet some locals to ride with or get route suggestions. It is a fun time.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    +1 on the seasonal trails. Worth the try if one can swing it.

    Something can also be said for less foliage around then. Here in the SE mtns, one can see views much better, and even orient ones location somewhat off a given ridgeline or mtn with the no foliage of winter. Something thats relatively few and far between with full leaf coverage.
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    As a yearly visitor, best BBQ is 12 Bones, bar none.

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    I camp down there almost yearly. Early April is still cool: 40s at night, 60-70 daytime. This past year I went during the week that spans from April - May. Much more pleasant. 50s at night. 70s during the day. Trails are more 'dried out', although the chance for showers is greater. Trees are about 40% leafed out. Air is still dry, not too humid. IMO - great time to ride.

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    Spring Riding in Asheville Area?

    Good BBQ is not synonymous with WNC. 12 bones has decent ribs, but the pulled pork blows. Moe's original has good ribs and the pulled pork is good as well. A new BBQ establishment is opening soon downtown on the south slope that holds promise. It'll share space with a brewery so it's a win:win! Not real sure on the exact opening date though.

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    For pulled pork, I like Luella's. YMMV.

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    Not much REAL authentic North Carolina BBQ in this area for some reason. +1 on 12 Bones. Moes is good too. Just not like down in the Piedmont. But then, they don't have mountains in the Piedmont! :-)

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    In the Spring, we can see all four seasons in one week. Thus said, one day you can MTBike, and the next sled. The weather starts to stay warm at the end of April usually.

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    The later in April the better. You can have 70+ temps one day and snow the next early in spring.

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    Not saying it won't happen, but I have never seen snow here in April.

    I have however heard of a freak summer snowstorm in June or July many years ago, so I know it could happen. It just isn't likely.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Saw a foot of snow up on the BRP the first day of May once. Back door cold front came in. They closed the road of course. So I had to park at 215 and the BRP at 10pm. Hiked(backpack trip) until 1am to camp on the summit of Black Balsam. Of course the snow line started around 4000' so it was prolly still good to go most lower trails. It melts fast tho, since by then, the sun gets pretty high.

    One other crazy time, was frost on Memorial Day weekend. Again, that was up high around 6k on Silvermine Bald.
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    Yup, it happens on rare occasions but usually at the higher elevations. In the off chance it does, there is plenty of great riding below 4k feet. Very little need to worry about a freak April snowstorm.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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