About

Rocky Knob is an 185 acre park in Boone, NC. Earlier this year Watauga County, in partnership with the Watauga County Tourism Development Authority (WCTDA), received a $500,000 grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) to assist with the acquisition and development for Rocky Knob Park. In 2009 two $5,000 grants were secured from the Bikes Belong Foundation and Specialized Bicycles These grants were made possible through the WCTDA’s partnership with Boone Area Cyclists, a local nonprofit organization working to promote and develop cycling opportunities throughout the Boone area. When complete Rocky Knob will host 6-8 miles of mountain bike trails for all skill levels, three shelters, an adventure playground, and picnic areas. The park is located just east of the city limit on US 421.

38 Responses to About

  1. Shirley Light says:

    Where does the trail start, has it been marked yet?

  2. John says:

    Will there be any just strictly downhill trails??

  3. james coker says:

    please,please,please,tell me that the a-line style and even more the dh trails will be going in..it scares me to get my hopes up,so often in the southeast these parks turn into xc tracks with very little tec features..i would love to see trails built like they do in washington and oregon ..also curt gowdy state park in wyoming is a great example..i wish i did not live so many hours away,i would be up there giving all the time i could…

    • Hey James — we are going to build a park that will have flow/tech features and dedicated DH trails. It’s a done deal. The interest is there as is the support and expertise. It’s not going to happen overnight, but we are working towards a great park. Thanks for your enthusiasm.

  4. Jeremy says:

    Is the trail currently open? What about running the trails? Are runners welcome, and is it a trail system that is runner friendly?

  5. frank says:

    WOW! i guess its just that hard for me, being in it for the recreation & workout part of mnt biking, along with being from miami, fl (flatland, manmade ups&downs). WHAT A KILLER! but i do go back for more, a lap on bike, one on foot. twice so far and a day left.
    i will be back! cabin just 30min away
    WOW! (again)

  6. Will there be any trails open in the next couple months. If not when is the next volunteer day?

  7. CARY says:

    How do these trails compare to the Dark Mountain and Warrior Creek trails out in Wilkesboro?
    Headed to visit my Aunt there in 2 weeks and thought i’d come check out your stuff! Full 8miles open now? Sounds fabulous. Thanks so much for doing this. Boone is a really special place.

    • Good question. All three trails are purpose-built mountain bike trails but that’s about where the similarities end. Rocky Knob is very rocky making for an overall more difficult trail system than all the trails in Wilkes and more like trails in Pisgah. We are anticipating open the next 2.5 miles within a couple of weeks and the skills trails open soon. These skills trails are unlike anything that currently exists in NC and definitely worth the drive. Check in closer to your visit and I’ll give you a full update. Email me directly at jackson.kristian@gmail.com.

  8. Phill Hamilton says:

    i just moved to Johnson city this month from the denver area i’m excited to hit you guys up some time in the near future. i was also wondering if anyone knows if there is a race series anywhere near by for DH and 4 cross?

  9. Don Watts says:

    I am in the Lowcountry of SC,and a XC rider, should I plan on a lot of hike a bike or just stay home?

  10. Jennifer says:

    Just curious to what happened to the pump track?

  11. Kirk Wheeler says:

    I am planning my first trip to Boone, NC for my wife and I. I am an avid trail builder with the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association and I love trail building. The week of June 23, 2013 is my target vacation time. I want to learn about trail opportunities in Boone, so that I might hike, ride and help build trail while I am in Boone, NC.

  12. Ed Braunbeck says:

    The Central Ohio Mountain Biking Organization (COMBO) travels to a destination trail every Spring and Fall. This year we chose the Boone area as our base camp and stayed at the Summit at Lost Ridge. Fifteen of us with a variety of skill levels rode Rocky Knob on the last day. The trail was very well designed and all the features were very “doable” by the riders or able to be ridden around. Our only wish was that we spent more time there earlier in our trip. The consensus from the group is we will be back to the area for future trips.

  13. Jimmy says:

    What does it cost to ride at the park?

  14. jonmcroe says:

    Is it open now even with all the rain?

  15. Antony Squire says:

    I know we have had a lot of rain in the past weeks and was wondering if the trails stay muddy for a while or if they dry quickly? I would really like to come riding with friends soon!

  16. Selina says:

    We will be planning a trip next month with our 7 year old who is just beginning to ride. Are the trails marked and are they good for children and beginners?

  17. Dante Prinzo says:

    when will the trails close for the season. I was planning a trip there the last weekend in October.

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  19. Colin says:

    Will the trails be open this Friday or have they closed for the season?

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