South Mountain

Morganton, North Carolina

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The South Mountain Trail climbs up to series of ridges that encircle a large cove. Ridgeline running isn’t usually that tough, but this is a severe trail. Imagine the longest, rockiest, most painful single climb you’ve made in recent years. Now imagine it a dozen or more times in the space of 18 miles; not a pretty picture. But the descents are worth it: crazy-fast over loose rocks with dozens of water bars. Even the paved section runs a ridgeline, and we hit 40 miles per hour coasting it at one point. If you think you can hammer anything for 16 miles, then come to South Mountain, but consider yourself warned about spending the night on the mountain. Tread: 15.7 miles of old Forest Service road/doubletrack; 2 miles of pavement.
Mountain Biking North Carolina

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Mountain Biking North Carolina

by Timm Muth (Falcon Guides)

The South Mountain Trail climbs up to series of ridges that encircle a large cove. Ridgeline running isn’t usually that tough, but this is a severe trail. Imagine the longest, rockiest, most painful single climb you’ve made in recent years.

Now imagine it a dozen or more times in the space of 18 miles; not a pretty picture. But the descents are worth it: crazy-fast over loose rocks with dozens of water bars. Even the paved section runs a ridgeline, and we hit 40 miles per hour coasting it at one point. If you think you can hammer anything for 16 miles, then come to South Mountain, but consider yourself warned about spending the night on the mountain. Tread: 15.7 miles of old Forest Service road/doubletrack; 2 miles of pavement.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Morganton
Distance: 17.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 1,300 feet
Top Elevation: 2,900 feet
Local Contacts: South Mountain State Park (828) 433-4772
Local Maps: USGS Morganton South, Benn Knob; park map available at ranger station
Topo Map: South Mountain Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Biking North Carolina Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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