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.

  • #1 Uwharrie National Forest

    11 Reviews

    Troy, NC

    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 ...
    •  several options miles
    •  Guide

    Wonderful, woodsy circuit hikes are possible in Uwharrie National Forest, some of substantial length. Uwharrie and Dutchman’s ...

  • #2 Umstead Park

    6 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    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 ...
    •  1.5 to 2.5 hours
    •  16.6 miles
    •  Guide

    If you want to get outside, be surrounded by trees, and just spin, then this is your place. Umstead Park offers clear, well-maintained ...

  • #3 Duke Forest

    3 Reviews

    Durham, NC

    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 ...
    •  1-5 miles
    •  Guide

    In the 1920s, Duke Forest was formed from farms and woods to buffer the developing campus of Duke University. Clarence F. ...

  • #4 American Tobacco Trail

    4 Reviews

    Apex, NC

    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 ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  5.75 miles
    •  Guide

    If ever a trail could be described as being greater than the sum of its parts, it would be the American Tobacco Trail. The ...

  • #5 Cades Cove

    5 Reviews

    Cherokee, NC

    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 ...
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    Hundreds of thousands of tourists come to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park each year, and almost every one of them ...

  • #6 UNC Wilmington

    2 Reviews

    Wilmington, NC

    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 ...
    •  45 minutes to 1.5 hours
    •  6.4 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #7 Hobby Park

    5 Reviews

    Winston-Salem, NC

    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 ...
    •  45 minutes to 1.5 hours
    •  6.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail has got it all: huge berms, rock gardens, streams, big logs, pyramids, a serious drop through a rock and log-infested ...

  • #8 Signal Hill

    7 Reviews

    Statesville, NC

    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 ...
    •  30 to 45 minutes
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This is an excellent singletrack playground, particularly considering that it’s 1 minute off the interstate. The builders ...

  • #9 Cedar Rock

    4 Reviews

    Hendersonville, NC

    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 ...
    •  2 to 3.5 hours
    •  11.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This ride really has a lot of everything, from smooth single track to large expanses of exposed granite. You might subtitle ...

  • #10 Catawba River Front

    3 Reviews

    Charlotte, NC

    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, ...
    •  1.5 to 2.5 hours
    •  8.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a top-notch ride, only 15 minutes from Charlotte. Catawba is the kind of trail that’s doable for a determined beginner ...

  • #11 William B. Umstead State Park

    3 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    The park has 22 miles of hiking-only trails and 13 miles of “MUTs”—not dogs, but “multiuse trails” for horseback riding, mountain biking, and foot traffic (labeled “MUT” on the map). Three lakes ...
    •  0.6-9 miles
    •  Guide

    The park has 22 miles of hiking-only trails and 13 miles of “MUTs”—not dogs, but “multiuse trails” for horseback riding, ...

  • #12 Country Park

    4 Reviews

    Greensboro, NC

    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, ...
    •  45 minutes to 1.5 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a good beginner and intermediate cruising trail. You can get a warm-up on the paved greenway that circles the lake, ...

  • #13 Daniel Ridge Loop

    4 Reviews

    Brevard, NC

    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 ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The cove of Daniel Ridge Creek may just be the most peaceful, beautiful place you have ever seen. Words cannot do justice ...

  • #14 Uwharrie - Keyauwee

    4 Reviews

    Charlotte, NC

    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 ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  8.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Keyauwee offers up a little bit of everything: fast, snaky singletrack; sketchy downhills; mean, rocky climbs; big whoop-dee-doos. ...

  • #15 Black Mountain

    3 Reviews

    Brevard, NC

    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 ...
    •  2.5 to 4.5 hours
    •  9.9 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #16 Smith Lake

    3 Reviews

    Fayetteville, NC

    Smith Lake is an excellent introductory trail—a good place to take friends you want to show a good time and where they won’t biff. The track is most often smooth and flawless, and if you’re expecting ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  7.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Smith Lake is an excellent introductory trail—a good place to take friends you want to show a good time and where they won’t ...

  • #17 Tsali - Right Loop

    5 Reviews

    Dillsboro, NC

    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 ...
    •  1 to 2.5 hours
    •  12.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Right Loop is an excellent aerobic trail, where you can just cruise. It is also an aerialist’s paradise with lots of ...

  • #18 Governor's Creek

    4 Reviews

    Sanford, NC

    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 ...
    •  30 minutes to 1 hour
    •  3.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Mostly easy spinning around smooth berms and over rounded humps. Some short, rocky climbs and a couple of fast drops in the ...

  • #19 Tsali - Left Loop

    4 Reviews

    Dillsboro, NC

    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 ...
    •  1.5 to 2.5 hours
    •  12.2 miles
    •  Guide

    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, ...

  • #20 Catawba Riverfront Mountain Bike Park

    3 Reviews

    Charlotte, NC

    This 12-mile loop (mostly singletrack, with some doubletracks) along the Catawba River has sections as demanding as anywhere in Charlotte. It draws riders from all over the southeast to compete ...
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    This 12-mile loop (mostly singletrack, with some doubletracks) along the Catawba River has sections as demanding as anywhere ...