Albeit small, the fledgling 26 West, which opened for business during the summer of 2008, packs a punch at the Southeast's only lift-accessed downhill bike park. Located about 30 minutes north of Asheville, it operates at Wolf Ridge ski resort in the Pisgah National Forest.
The brainchild of former pro downhiller Ryan Taylor, the park currently offers riders seven trails that cover about five miles of terrain.
"We're smaller, so our trail system will be more intricate," says Taylor, who also designed the park. "We have access to another 40 acres of terrain, which we will develop next spring. That will give us a total vertical of 850 feet."
Currently, the park offers technical trails with "daredevil features" for advanced riders, as well as sections that can help beginners safely work on descending skills.
Because of its southern location, 26 West plans to stay open eight to nine months out of the year. Full-day lift tickets are $24; a website is in the works. In the meantime, call 828.689.2020 for more information.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication