Howard’s Knob, Elk Knob, Grandfather Mountain. These are peaks high country residents know. Not Rocky Knob. Not until now. If you’ve driven 421 east out of Boone, you’ve probably noticed something’s afoot at Rocky Knob, Watauga County’s newest park. Construction at the 185 acre park began on June 1st with an access road and parking area. Thus far Watauga County and the Watauga County Tourism Development Authority (WCTDA) have received $515,000 in State and private foundation grant funds for the park. When finished, the 185 acre park will provide 7-9 miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking, trail running, and nordic skiing in the winter. In addition, the park will offer an adventure playground, numerous shelters and picnicking areas, and a bike skills area.
On July 1, the WCTDA awarded Trail Dynamics, LLC of Cedar Mountain, NC with a contract to design and construct trails. The contract was negotiated to provide a hybrid build of the trails. Trail Dynamics will provide design and machine construction while volunteers from the Boone Area Cyclists will clear corridor and hand-finish the trails. This type of relationship keeps costs down and provides an investment of ownership by the volunteers.
On Thursday, July 29 at the Broyhill Inn at 6pm, the WCTDA will host the Rocky Knob Trail Kick Off meeting. Eric Woolridge, Outdoor Recreation Planner with the WCTDA, will provide an update on the current development and construction schedule of Rocky Knob Park. Also speaking will be Woody Keen, CEO of Trail Dynamics and President of the Professional Trail Builders Association.
Following this kick-off event, Boone Area Cyclists will have a volunteer trail building workday the weekend of July 31st – August 1st. More details will be available at the Trail Kick-Off Meeting and at www.BooneAreaCyclists.com.