A bikeaholic’s paradise, the Emerald Outback Bike Trails at Beech Mountain is a 7-mile trail park which is fast becoming a premier mountain biking location. The trails cross the mountain top and are comprised of double track, single track, grassy areas, and dirt/gravel roads, ranging from 4,700 to 5,400 feet in elevation, which makes the Outback one of the highest mountain biking trail systems in the East Coast.
The trails difficulty level ranges from Green to Double Black, with challenging terrain for experienced riders. All trails are well-marked and there’s a good variety to the trail system, alternating between lush forests and open spaces with gorgeous views. While there’s plenty of isolation in the trees, the path doesn’t stray too far from a connecting road or bailout point. Safety features consists of LID markers, well-blazed trails and a wilderness search and rescue team. Other amenities include a visitors’ kiosk, summit parking lot, restrooms, and a bike repair station. So, get on yer bike, it’s shred time!
*Buckeye Recreation Staff are IMBA Certified and offer bike camps to youth and adults alike!*
Cover photos by Kristian Jackson