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Skyrock Trail

Average Rating:    (3.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

Trail connects Wood Run Road to Keyauwee Trail, allowing riders to skip the gravel road for more singletrack.
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Trail Directions
From Troy, take NC Hwy 24/27 about 7-9 miles towards Albemarle, and park at the Wood Run Camp parking area.
Trail Length
3-4 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Troy
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Review Date
May 22, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ian Garner , from USDA Forest Service, Uwharrie Ranger District

Summary:
Skyrock trail has been closed until further notice.

Recommended Route:
None

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Keyauwee, Supertree, Wood Run Road



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Review Date
February 9, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: PC , from GBoro

Summary:
Me and my riding buddies rode this trail both ways today just to see which way we preferred. As I said above to get the most for your downhill dollar start from woodrun road. That climb isn't nearly as bad as coming in from Key. We had about 30 yards total hike a bike riding this direction. The off camber is easily rideable when dry. When you get to the top you get a nice rock garden then a great downhill to the next creek crossing. Starting from Key you get a short downhill, cross the creek then have a long straight uphill climb that is a killer on a 35lb freeride bike. I pushed probably 100 yards going this direction. Jeff climbed the whole damn thing on his Uzzi (with a couple of rest breaks) including the rock garden at the top, that was bad. Overall nice trail. It needs some drainage work in areas and some trees were cut off 4 or 5 inches above the ground which sucks, you can't see them in the leaves.

Recommended Route:
For the best downhill start from woodrun road. For those of you that like to climb start from Key. NOt for beginners they'll end up pushing up or walking down half the trail. Great training for your next trip to pisgah.



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Review Date
February 7, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Ed , from Oz

Summary:
I'm not sure how representative my experience with this trail was, so take my opinion in context of recent weather events in the Montogomery Co. area. I rode up the dirt road hoping to see a clearly marked sign indicating the entrance of the trail. No such luck...There is only a white piece of plastic wrapped around a tree, just off the road. So, for the sake of reference, I would look to the left as you cross under the power lines. It's pretty close to the area, so if you start going up hill and reach the campsite area, you have gone too far. Of course, as I indicated in my "recommended route" comment, I would not go this route and instead opt to go ahead and enter the trail from the Keywauhee intersection. Anyway, the trail seemed to be in great shape up until the steep climbing section - which winds you around a neat little ridgeline. Basically, once you reach the off camber switch backs, the trail becomes quite tricky with rocks strewn about and pretty steep grade. Obviously, this section is best experienced going down rather than up (like I ended up doing). But just remember that this is a challenging section (which, by the way, I heartily applaud) and beginners and/or folks with limited climbing ability will suffer badly here. Once you ascend the ridge, you will be treated to several spectacular views of Marrow Mtn. & Badin Lake. However, it is at this point where the trail sorta turns into a barely traceable path, buried under leaves and debris. If it wasn't for a faded white ribbon tied to a branch every so often, it would hard to follow the trail at all. There's also a few orange surveyor type flags along the trail which help guide you somewhat. Eventually, you'll go down a steep section which will eventually take you down to a creek crossing. This creek crossing would be very difficult to ride across, especially in wet weather. On the other side, there is a super steep climb over rocks and roots - once again, it would definitely be pretty neat going the other way. Then, surprisingly, the trail becomes very clear again and takes you up to the Keywauhee intersection. Thus, it seems clear to me that the best way to ride this trail is the opposite way I rode (this is true with many trails I ride :) Nevertheless, I think ice storms and wet weather have limited traffic on this trail and so it's pretty rough in many areas. Not a good trail to take the average mountain biker IMHO. At least not at this point. But, if or when it gets cleaned up, it should be a great addition to the trail network in the park...

Recommended Route:
If the trail was cleared, I would suggest going from Keywauhee (sp?) to the Road (Wood Run Road?)...That way, the off-camber switch backs are downhill...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Jackson Springs, Sanford area trails...



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Review Date
August 31, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Tommy , from Albemarle

Summary:
Here is are some pictures that the builders posted elsewhere... http://www.ncmtb.com/skyrock.htm



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Review Date
August 28, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Adam , from Mt. Pleasant

Summary:
This trail is not for new riders! It has some very rough sections either way you choose to go. It is a short section but takes about the same amount of time as the Supertree - Keyauwee loop due to the fact that you can't get in a good ride for more than a few minutes. If you want a long sustained aerobic ride forget about this trail. Steep, Rocks, Creeks...that is about it. Although this trail is tough, it is something that will challenge your skill level.
After crossing the creek at Keyauwee you will ride a short section of fireroad, turning off to the right just below the big climb on Woodrun road. Skyrock gives you a steep drop to a few tough creek crossings. The first is very difficult and watch out for the big loose rocks, it looks like someone is trying to make a bypass to the right to get around them. After crossing the creek get ready for some serious climbing. You will have to hike-a-bike several times. Get used to loosing traction as soon as you start to get into the groove of making it up the climb due to logs, leaves or soft ground since the trail is not used much. A short downhill on a old tree grown fire road off of the right side of the mountain. A right turn takes you up another steep climb over some big exposed rock.
Down to another big creek crossing near the end of the trail at an old campsite.

Recommended Route:
From parking lot down fireroad to ride Supertree, continue on Keyauwee, connect to Skyrock and loop back to fireroad under power lines.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Supertree - Keyauwee loop



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