Monday, August 9, 2010

Jack Rabbit Trail System Video, Hayesville, North Carolina


Jack Rabbit Trail System from Greg Heil on Vimeo.

Getting There 
From Singletracks.com:

From the MacDonald's/ Huddle House traffic light in downtown Hiawasse (US 64 west), head out of town towards Hayesville. Turn left when you see the sign for Jack Rabbit Campground( US Forest Service), over the border into NC. As you come to a bend and can see the lake, the trailhead is on the left BEFORE THE CURVE with a sign....
The sign is a big Forest Service sign for Jack Rabbit Mountain.  At first it threw us off because it didn't say anything about a campground or biking or hiking, but take a left there anyway.  The trailhead will be on the left in about a mile or so in a grassy field.  There should be a sign.


The Route, and All About the Trail
I have written a great post on the Singletracks.com blog talking about the trail signage, the singletrack itself, and the history and people behind the trails.  You can read it by clicking here.

View from the High Point trail.

Your Turn: What are your thoughts on smooth, flowy trails as compared to really rough, technical trails?

9 comments:

eastwood,  August 9, 2010 at 12:12 PM  

Coming from the Northeast, most of our trails are riddled with roots and rocks. May find a nice smooth flowy section, but not much opportunity for an entire ride of fast hard packed flowy trail... so for me it's a treat. I don't think I'd be completely happy riding those trails everyday... need something to keep you paying attention and focused on the trail now and again. But I think it can be a fun departure to just get out there and tear it up - I think a necessity for a smooth trail would be great scenery to take in throughout the ride.

Crush#41 August 9, 2010 at 12:51 PM  

Exactly. We have an awesome trail system 10 mins from my house that is fast, flowy, and downright a mt Bikers dream. HOWEVE,! It has no techincal aspects. I want rock gardends, creek crossings, roots, logs, and other obstacles to keep me on my toes. I love FATS but I have really gotten into the other trails around me.

Crush#41 August 9, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

haha. I need to proof-read more often. lol

Greg August 9, 2010 at 5:58 PM  

Thanks for the input guys, and I totally agree with you. I'm personally all about the gnarly trails, but like eastwood said, this trip to Jack Rabbit was a really nice break from being beaten to death by the roots and rocks.

Christopher August 10, 2010 at 3:29 PM  

Fantastic looking run. I can't wait to go and visit there. Great job with the editing, Greg.

Daniel Jessee March 20, 2011 at 7:28 PM  

Rode this today and really loved it! I like the flow and racing through the woods at speeds I am sure would result in major injury should I fail. We didn't see that "British Columbia" style ladder though... what trail was that on?

Greg Heil March 20, 2011 at 9:21 PM  

Hey Daniel,

It was off of one of the slightly more advanced loops to the west.

Daniel Jessee March 27, 2011 at 5:37 PM  

the high point trail had some sticks at the entrance and an "X" painted on the tree so we weren't sure if it was open; guess I gotta go back!

Greg Heil March 27, 2011 at 6:08 PM  

Yes, that was probably the one. High point actually had a nice bit of climbing and descending too, and was significantly rockier than the rest of the trails. Definitely very different from the rest of the trails in the system!

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