Best Mountain Biking in North Carolina

This list represents the most popular mountain biking in North Carolina. Use this list to plan your next North Carolina mountain biking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Uwharrie National Forest


Wonderful, woodsy circuit hikes are possible in Uwharrie National Forest, some of substantial length. Uwharrie and Dutchman’s Creek Trails form a figure eight that, when linked with forest roads used…
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Troy, NC - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - Several options Best Trail in nc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Umstead Park


If you want to get outside, be surrounded by trees, and just spin, then this is your place. Umstead Park offers clear, well-maintained gravel Forest Service roads throughout this thick patch of woods.…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking North Carolina"
Raleigh, NC - Mountain Biking - 16.6 miles Best Trail in nc - Click to view allBestMountain Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Bent Creek


The nearly 10 miles of doubletrack and singletrack open for biking in Bent Creek Experimental Forest are comprised of a 6.5-mile loop, with a 1.6-mile one-way out-and-back (3.2 miles total) tacked on…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Asheville, NC - Mountain Biking - 9.7 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#4. Cades Cove


Hundreds of thousands of tourists come to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park each year, and almost every one of them takes the 11-mile paved Cades Cove Loop Road, either motor or non-motorized v…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Cherokee, NC - Mountain Biking - 11 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#5. UNC Wilmington


This trail is open to riders of all ability levels. There’s no elevation gain, but hey, you’re at the beach; what do you expect. The many humps are lots of fun, and the logs are big enough to require…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking North Carolina"
Wilmington, NC - Mountain Biking - 6.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Hobby Park


This trail has got it all: huge berms, rock gardens, streams, big logs, pyramids, a serious drop through a rock and log-infested erosion gully, and a climb that gives you the option of lung-busting or…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking North Carolina"
Winston-Salem, NC - Mountain Biking - 6.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Signal Hill


This is an excellent singletrack playground, particularly considering that it’s 1 minute off the interstate. The builders have made excellent use of a limited space with a trail that twists and swoops…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking North Carolina"
Statesville, NC - Mountain Biking - 4.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. American Tobacco Trail


If ever a trail could be described as being greater than the sum of its parts, it would be the American Tobacco Trail. The trail is one of many rails-to-trails projects nationwide—old rail lines that…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina"
Apex, NC - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 5.75 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#9. Duke Forest


In the 1920s, Duke Forest was formed from farms and woods to buffer the developing campus of Duke University. Clarence F. Korstian led the establishment of the university’s School of Forestry in 1938,…
From the guidebook "Hiking North Carolina"
Durham, NC - Hiking, Mountain Biking - 1-5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Kitsuma


Kitsuma is an awesome ride—period. Once you climb past the dozen or so initial switchbacks (which, strangely enough, are kind of fun in their own right), you’re faced with a torpedo run down along kni…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking North Carolina"
Black Mountain, NC - Mountain Biking - 10.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Cedar Rock


This ride really has a lot of everything, from smooth single track to large expanses of exposed granite. You might subtitle this ride “Slickrock East.” Ascents and descents on expansive slabs of grani…
From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume II: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - Pisgah"
Hendersonville, NC - Mountain Biking - 11.3 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#12. Catawba River Front


This is a top-notch ride, only 15 minutes from Charlotte. Catawba is the kind of trail that’s doable for a determined beginner yet still challenging for an advanced rider. For the uninitiated, the cli…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking North Carolina"
Charlotte, NC - Mountain Biking - 8.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Country Park


This is a good beginner and intermediate cruising trail. You can get a warm-up on the paved greenway that circles the lake, or you can send your less-than-adventurous honey out to the greenway, while…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking North Carolina"
Greensboro, NC - Mountain Biking - 4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Daniel Ridge Loop


The cove of Daniel Ridge Creek may just be the most peaceful, beautiful place you have ever seen. Words cannot do justice to the wonder of this place, where the air, the stream, the rocks, and the tre…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking North Carolina"
Brevard, NC - Mountain Biking - 4.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Uwharrie - Keyauwee


Keyauwee offers up a little bit of everything: fast, snaky singletrack; sketchy downhills; mean, rocky climbs; big whoop-dee-doos. It’s the kind of trail that makes you work for your fun, but still fe…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking North Carolina"
Charlotte, NC - Mountain Biking - 8.9 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Black Mountain


Simply put, this is one of the top three descents in the entire forest. It should be on the “A” list for any rider who requires enormous doses of heartbreak, challenge, and adrenaline. Make no bones…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking North Carolina"
Brevard, NC - Mountain Biking - 9.9 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Tsali - Right Loop


The Right Loop is an excellent aerobic trail, where you can just cruise. It is also an aerialist’s paradise with lots of dips for small bunny hops and mondo water bars on the downhills for major air.…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking North Carolina"
Dillsboro, NC - Mountain Biking - 12.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Tsali - Left Loop


If you like some spice in your cruising, then Left Loop is the ride for you. It’s just as fast as the other loops in Tsali, but it twists back and forth a good deal more with some excellent 4-foot ber…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking North Carolina"
Dillsboro, NC - Mountain Biking - 12.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Blue Clay


Excellent little technical gem, particularly for an area that’s mostly swamp, pine groves, and sand dunes in some combination. The logs and pyramids just keep coming, and the big creek crossing will g…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking North Carolina"
Wilmington, NC - Mountain Biking - 3.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Governor's Creek


Mostly easy spinning around smooth berms and over rounded humps. Some short, rocky climbs and a couple of fast drops in the downhill. Nothing in here over a tech 2+. On the short Challenge Loop though…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking North Carolina"
Sanford, NC - Mountain Biking - 3.9 miles
Published by Falcon Guides