26 West Mountain Bike Park kicks it off (officially) with a Grand Opening this Saturday, August 23.  From their website:

“The Southeast’s only lift-assisted Mountain Bike Park! Only 25 miles north ofAsheville, NC, 26 West Mountain Bike Park is located just off Interstate 26 West at Breakaway Village in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Trails are designed for everyone from beginner, intermediate to expert. Hardtail, short and long-travel dual suspension bike rentals and lessons are available onsite.  Bring your bike or rent ours, either way you’ll enjoy a day of quick chair-lift rides to the top for a day full of descending!”

Read more for helmet-cam trail footage and park hours, etc.

  • Day Pass: $24
  • Season Pass: $179
  • Contacts: 828-553-5856 or info@ride26west.com
  • Hours: Fri 2-8p / Sat 10a – 6p / Sun 10a – 4p
26 West is located about 25 miles north of Asheville off I-26 at Breakaway Village.  It offers lift-assisted runs with trails for beginner to advanced and a freeride stunt area mid-mountain.  Get all the details, directions and schedule of events on their site.  Check the video for a sample of riding there:


  1. why would anyone pay to ride when we already pay federal taxes for the best riding on the east coast (Pisgah National Forest)

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