Bailey Mountain Bike Park in North Carolina has just opened a new downhill mountain bike park, close to the Applachian Trail.
What they're calling "an exciting new chapter for commercial gravity riding in North America" is now open!
Bailey Mountain Bike Park is currently operating with weekend shuttle service. Advanced reservation is required to ride the park featuring six downhill trail segments. Skywalker, Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, and Salvador's Slalom are the intermediate level or blue trails. Welcome 2 the Jungle and Jumanji are the more traditional or technical advanced black diamond trails.
We'll continue to develop a variety of trails for all levels of downhill riding after opening and hope to have over 20 trails for your shredding pleasure by next spring. We will offer camping inside the park on improved campsites and in camping cabins to be rolled out in the fall. And we've got big plans after that!
I'm not sure which trail name is more spooky, but I'm leaning toward Jumanji or Mr. Hyde.
Plans at the bike park call for 30 trails with natural features. Currently the trail are open Friday-Sunday from June to the last weekend in September. However, they soon plan to open year-round.
Owner and Chief Executive Operator Guy Miller said, "We are developing Bailey Mountain as a dedicated riding destination to serve gravity riders from enthusiast to pro level -- not only in the Southeast but worldwide -- seeking a world-class, year--round riding and training facility."
Located just north of Asheville, near Mars Hill in Western North Carolina, Bailey Mountain features "pristine terrain ideal for downhill and gravity riding with more than 1,000 vertical feet of elevation. In addition to the ride features and trails, Bailey Mountain will offer residential lots for sale within the park for people seeking the opportunity to live where they play."
For now, riders are shuttled to the summit, but Guy and his crew plan to install a chairlift. What comes after that?
"Our facility revolves around riders. Our goal is to make the riding venue second to none," said Matt Haynes, owner and COO of Bailey Mountain. "The elevation and natural features are spectacular. They are the main reason we chose to develop this piece of land. Once fully evolved, the trails will be a premier riding venue and destination. The only thing better than our riding will be our service."
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