Catawba River Front

Charlotte, North Carolina

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3 Reviews
4 out of 5
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 climbs will require some pushing, and the rooty drops will keep you on your toes or your face, depending on your concentration and ability. You’ll get lots of fast downhill action that slips back and forth through the trees. Speed comes quickly in many spots, but be warned that most of the downhills end with a sudden turn at the river’s edge. Opportunities for air abound with dozens of dips and humps to fly from, including the River Monster—a 5-footer that’ll show you its ugly side if you don’t show proper respect. Tread: 7.3 miles of singletrack; 1.2 miles of dirt doubletrack.

Catawba River Front Professional Review and 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 yet still challenging for an advanced rider. For the uninitiated, the climbs will require some pushing, and the rooty drops will keep you on your toes or your face, depending on your concentration and ability.

You’ll get lots of fast downhill action that slips back and forth through the trees. Speed comes quickly in many spots, but be warned that most of the downhills end with a sudden turn at the river’s edge. Opportunities for air abound with dozens of dips and humps to fly from, including the River Monster—a 5-footer that’ll show you its ugly side if you don’t show proper respect. Tread: 7.3 miles of singletrack; 1.2 miles of dirt doubletrack."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Charlotte
Distance: 8.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 to 2.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 1,310 feet
Top Elevation: 1,400 feet
Local Maps: USGS Mount Holly
Driving Directions: Directions to Catawba River Front

Recent Trail Reviews

3/31/2008
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Great place to ride! With the Whitewater Olympic Training Center right there, you can grab a burger and a beer when you are done. The trails are maintained (thanks trailblazers).


1/19/2001
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Brought to us by the Father of Charlotte Mtn. Biking, Jack Crouch. Original construction began in 1993, the trails have progressively evolved since. Now with the help of a strong work force. The newer sections stand out with off-camber climbing and tight downhills. An overall fun ride for all levels. The loop is almost exclusively riden CCW.


7/1/1999
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A great set of trails well maintained by the Tarheel Trailblazers MTB Club. Nice parking lot and good signage so you won't get lost and can bail at numerous spots. Lots of up and down, tight, twisting singletrack with some steep climbs and downhills thrown in. Don't ride here when its wet though. The red clay will cake up on your bike rapidly adding an additional 10-20 lbs. of weight. I raced here in the mud and it was awful. Great when dry!



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