mountain biking

Mountain Biking in Maui

Many people are surprised to learn that on an island best known for its ocean activities there is decent mountain biking. Head to Waiakoa Loop Trail for an easy ride or tack on Skyline Drive’s 3,000-foot climb for a screamer of a descent. If you don’t have a day to devote to a downhill epic, there are a few places to simply work in a few hours on the trails.

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Biking in West Kaua‘i

Starting in the cool mountain air along the rim of Waimea Canyon at around 3,600 feet, this 11-mile ride skirts the rim and then heads down the roller coaster foothills to the coast at Kekaha. Sunrise and sunset group bike tours are offered, but of course you can always take the ride on your own.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Moon author Jason Frye

Jason Frye (Moon Great Smoky Mountain National Park)

Raised deep in the mountains of West Virginia, Jason Frye first fell in love with North Carolina as a kid during family vacations to the Outer Banks. In 2002, he swapped his mountains for sand dunes and his river for an ocean when he moved to Wilmington to pursue a master of fine arts in creative writing. There, his love for North Carolina deepened into a longing to stay, settle, explore, and be a part of the people, culture, and history of the state.

Along with his wife, Lauren, Jason has kayaked the marshes and waterways near his home; hang glided off the Outer Banks; explored the cityscapes of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem; and wandered the woods and wilds around Asheville.

A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Jason has contributed stories to VisitNC.com, AAA’s Go Magazine, Our State magazine, Southern Living, Salt, the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer, and acts as a culinary critic for the Wilmington StarNews.

Keep up with Jason on Instagram @beardedwriter.