Bailey Mountain Bike Park Permanently Closes

Mar 23, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  
And so we begin the first truck of the day for Saturday practice. It was a bit cold with 22F at the base of the mountain which should be normal for the first part of March. With the unseasonable warm temps the Southeast has been experiencing as of late the forecast was sunny dry and a high in the mid 50s. We couldn t have asked for a better weekend.

Bailey Mountain Bike Park, a year-round mom-and-pop operation near Asheville, NC, permanently closed March 20th after the property was sold. The park offered truck shuttles to a variety of downhill trails on weekends and allowed riders to organize their own shuttles on the property on weekdays. It also hosted a stop on the Downhill Southeast calendar in 2016 and 2017 and was home to Neko Mulally's Backyard Dream Track.

The full statement from the park's website is below.

As of March 20, the Park is Officially Closed

As many of you may know, owning and running Bailey Mountain Bike Park has been very demanding for our small team of two. As difficult as it is... we want to let you know we have sold the mountain property.

As a result of the sale, Bailey Mountain Bike Park is officially and permanently closed.

Riders: please know, your support of us and of the park, your kindness, and your grace has made our experience worthwhile. Your support, whether in our first year or as recent as last weekend, is deeply appreciated and will never be forgotten! You have helped us to create an amazing chapter in each of our lives and facilitated the start of some amazing ride opportunities in the Southeast.

We’ve had a great 6 years on the mountain and it's been quite a ride.

Thank you all! Guy & Jenn



28 Comments

  • 22 0
 Sad to see it happen. Guy and Jenn made an impact on the Southeast downhill community. Nothing but respect for their efforts. We had a lot of good times there. I will never forget driving the Windrock bus up there for the last Downhill Southeast race we hosted there.
  • 1 0
 you drove the bus up that road?
  • 10 1
 They purchased the property with no prior experience out of love for their son's passion for DH & their own excitement over the possibilities after going to Whistler. They had hope & a vision & took a risk in order to create a park from scratch with their savings.

Unfortunately the logistics of putting in a base lodge & facilities to anchor the business got continual road blocks in permitting due to the steep funneled layout of the property that were unforeseen. The added requirement to have big catch ponds for runoff land locked affordable build sites.

Their positive attitude & perseverance kept things going longer than anyone else could have. Very proud to have spent time with the Miller family, experience their hospitality & have a cold one out of their cooler.

A toast to every driver, builder, bike mechanic, diesel mechanic & taco truck chef who helped make Bailey a reality. Beer
  • 9 0
 Crap. Bailey's was legit and had a vibe you just didn't get at Beech and Sugar. Lots of fun times and good memories. All the best yall.

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  • 9 1
 I hope it wasn't sold for property development or else that's just super sad. Need more outdoor recreation in this world.
  • 4 2
 I believe it is; at least according to the local group rumor mills. The property was originally slated to be developed into housing when the owners got financing/capital/whatever from a bunch of conservation funds to turn it into a bike park. Only open like 6 years abs now back to housing development. On one hand I get it; just a couple running a bike park that’s quite large with a lot of unused land, only open on weekends with weather always an issue means probably small profit margins and a lot of work. But it’s the only year round park within an hour of my house abs makes me sad. Also kid of icky that used special financing meant for outdoor recreation and I’m just guessing have turned a tidy profit selling back for development. But who knows.
  • 3 0
 @FMHUM: No. They did not use conservation funds. There was a separate purchase that had nothing to do with this property or ownership.

The article you reference was wrong. Bailey Mountain Bike Park was a private purchase, no grant.
  • 1 0
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: If I'm mistaken, then my bad. Reaching back into the memory. I know it was privately owned and purchase and finance of something that large is probably a lot more complicated than a single source. But I was under the impression the bulk of financing came from The Conservation Fund when it was purchased.
  • 4 0
 @FMHUM: The conversation's funding was for this.https://muddysneakers.org/news/new-generation-enjoys-access-to-bailey-mountain-for-outdoor-exploration
"Bailey Mountain " is what you refer to. It happened at almost the same time, but was NOT the bike park or the same people

There was an article passed around online that mistakenly reported it as "Bailey Mountain Bike Park ".

That stupid article caused unwanted animosity toward the park owners. They used their own money to buy it.
  • 2 0
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: Well if that's true, then I've been walking around for several years miss informed. I believe Bailey Mountain (or at least Bailey Mountain Preserve) is partially owned by the the city of Mars Hill and partially owned by a private foundation. I thought that was purchased partially way before the bike park in the 90s and much more recently (just few years ago). I was curious so I dug up the old local newspaper about the bike park and it seems to indicate that the bike park was not purchased using the owner's own funds. www.citizen-times.com/story/sports/outdoors/2015/06/27/mars-hill-gravity-mountain-bike-park-unique-se-usa/29398219
If that's the article you were referring to, than that's a pretty poorly research piece from a reputable local newspaper.
But either way, it's was great to have for a few years, and I very sad to see it go. Especially for development into what I'm guessing is going to be expensive housing. There aren't many slopes like that available for gravity parks north of Asheville.
  • 2 0
 @FMHUM: yep. Worst written article by Citizen Times ever. The exact opposite slope on the same mountain and the acquisition happened at roughly the same time.

If you doubt me stil, the conservation map outline and it's history are featured on their site:
baileymountainpark.org

The opposite side of the mountain was purchased with private funds and for profit bike park:
baileymountainwnc.com

So yeah, there are people who have the wrong impression that they used public money to build a bike park. Shitty article.
  • 6 0
 Bailey knew the place but sad to see any mom and pop operation close. All the best Guy and Jenn
  • 2 0
 that one took me a sec.
  • 2 0
 @savagelake: bit of a stretch I’ll admit
  • 5 0
 Noooooo! I was planning my first trip down there in one month. Had I even known that it was up for sale I would have gone sooner. Crap.
  • 6 0
 Damn! Sad to see a fun place go in to the developer's hands. Bailey had some rough, natural steeps! A rarity these days.
  • 5 0
 Other than seeing my life flash before my eyes on every shuttle ride to the top, that place was sick. Not sad its gone, happy I got to experience it.
  • 2 0
 That's disappointing. I hadn't been to Bailey in a few years (haven't been to any bike parks in a few years) but it was relatively close and always a good time. Sad to see it go.
  • 1 0
 Only got to visit this gem once. I almost built up a downhill bike after that one visit despite the fact Baily is 5 hours from me. Steepest trails I've been on. Wish I had made a few more visits. Such a friendly place and I'll cherish that visit.
  • 3 0
 Soooooo.... what about the enduro race I am signed up for there in 3 weeks....
  • 2 0
 Maybe they move it to Kanuga?
  • 3 0
 If your talking about the Go Nuts series, they changed it to a 'rake and ride' in Sequatchie Tennessee.
  • 1 0
 @iwitness: Oh, sweet thanks
  • 2 0
 Features include a bonus room, views, 2 blacks and one blue lines for the kids.
  • 2 0
 glad I got to race there a couple times. great scene, friendly people. sad to see it go.
  • 1 0
 So sad to see it go Frown
  • 1 2
 Suck

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