You have to get up to get down.  Downhill mountain bike parks in our part of the country take full advantage of everything the Appalachian mountains have to offer.  Rugged, steep, technical, and FAST.  Berm your heart out with pristine groomed runs while you race your friends to the shuttle...and do it all over again.

Bailey Mountain

Bailey Mountain is located only 30 minutes from downtown Johnson City near the quaint college town of Mars Hill. This amazing gravity-specific bike park features over 1000 vertical feet of elevation otherwise unheard of in the Southeast. Loaded with a multitude of hardwood trees and giant boulders, the natural landscape will appeal to the rider and spectator alike. This breathtaking mountainside land is being developed and designed specifically for downhill mountain biking.


Currently, Bailey is operating with shuttle service on Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday and some weekdays around the holidays. Advanced ONLINE reservation is recommended to ride the park featuring 15 downhill and flow trail segments. Bailey currently only offers advanced and intermediate trails...hopefully beginner trails are coming soon.

Beech Mountain

Explore the intricate Beech Mountain Resort mountain biking trails and find out why it is often utilized for National Championship races.  The terrain offers something for intermediate to advanced riders.

Intermediate riders will find friendly and manageable features while advanced riders will love the steep and technical, with lots of rock, tricky corners and technical wood descents.

The lift accommodates up to four riders per chair and offers the opportunity to easily self-load and un-load bikes, minimizing rough handling and unnecessary wear. Plus, enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the mountain as you ride up to the highest bike park in the east at 5,506 feet elevation.

Kanuga Bike Park

Kanuga Bike Park features one-way, downhill specific terrain for all abilities. There is a mix of natural features and jump lines; which are specifically designed to help you progress as a rider.  Bikers have the ability to ride a climbing trail with a gentle grade, while taking in the sights and scents of Kanuga’s old growth forest. Kanuga support and encourage the use of eBikes, to increase access and spend more time in the fun zone going down.

Sugar Mountain

The rebuilt and expanded bike park includes its signature expert terrain and newly built intermediate trails. Varying line option choices from the summit to the base include rollers, small dips, table tops, and other fun features. Always observe all signs and beware of trail maintenance as the park is always expanding.

Valid trail access/lift ticket required at all times to enter the trail system.  Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window located next to the shop on the first floor, inside the base lodge.  Opens June 30th for the 2018 season.


With 9 trails for intermediate and advanced riders spread out over nearly 600 acres, Windrock won't disappoint.  Windrock also caters to ATV's, Jeeps, and more...with camping options ranging from cabins to campgrounds.  

Shuttles run on Saturday and Sunday's, they also allow a unique self shuttle option on weekdays for a discounted rate.


With nearly 40 trails and 1,500 vertical feet of descent, Snowshoe has thrills for the first time rider, pro downhillers, cross country lovers and everyone in between.  

Snowshoe also has the best progressive riding experience in the USA, with actual beginner trails that allow riders to gain confidence before heading to the intermediate trails and beyond.  Truly something for everyone!

Bountiful other activities for the non riders mean the whole family can make the trip and have a blast.  By far one of our favorite places on earth (and totally worth the drive).

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