CHEROKEE — A new purpose-built mountain bike trail system called Fire Mountain has earned so many props lately it’s catapulted to the top of the list of “where to go mountain biking in WNC.”
The 10-mile trail network has been lauded for its flow and integrated features. While technical enough to keep intermediate and advanced bikers entertained, it’s also conducive to families and newbies to the mountain bike scene.
You’ll find tables, wooden features, jumps, rock gardens, and blinds for the more technically accomplished, with options for those who aren’t there yet. Switchbacks are bermed to keep speed and momentum in turns.
And did we mention it also has views?
While designed with the mountain biker in mind, it’s open to hikers and trail runners, too.
The Fire Mountain trail system was funded by the Easterm Band of Cherokee Indians as an eco-tourism initiative. The trails were designed and built by Trail Dynamics.
The trailhead can be reached from the parking lot of the Oconaluftee Indian Village, located at 218 Drama Rd, Cherokee.
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