The Jackrabbit Trail System in Hayesville, North Carolina, serves as an ideal gateway for newcomers to mountain biking. With its fast, flowing design and minimal technical challenges, the trail network offers an experience where speed and scenery take the front seat. For those who live for downhill adrenaline and rock gardens, don't be quick to dismiss; Jackrabbit still delivers on the fun factor.
All the branching trails feed back into the central loop, making navigation nearly foolproof. For an uphill challenge, veer left at the trailhead; for an easier ride, go straight. The trails are bidirectional, so maintaining alertness for incoming bikers is essential.
From the MacDonald's/Huddle House traffic light in downtown Hiawassee, head towards Hayesville on US 64 West. Upon seeing a sign for Jack Rabbit Campground (US Forest Service), turn left and cross into North Carolina. A bend reveals the lake and, just before the curve, the trailhead marked "Jack Rabbit Mountain Bike and Hiking trails" appears on the left, accompanied by a grassy field for parking.
Despite its very easy level, Jackrabbit has won over riders of all stripes. One common thread runs through the feedback: this trail network offers unparalleled flow and speed. For families, it offers the flexibility of different endurance levels. While beginners find comfort in the central loop, more experienced riders aren't left wanting for fun.
Though seasoned mountain bikers might not find their technical skills put to the test here, the trail's high speed, flowy nature, and beautiful albeit brief views of Lake Chatuge make it a joyride. The area's well-maintained trails and excellent signage also receive unanimous praise, courtesy of SABA's diligent work. If you're visiting or reside near Hayesville, this trail is a must-ride for a relaxed, fast-paced cycling experience.