South Mountains

Morganton, North Carolina 28655

South Mountains

South Mountains Professional Review and Guide

"The route (closed to vehicles, but not horses) retains a primitive atmosphere and is remarkably quiet. You will enjoy your ride all the way to Benn Knob, the highest point on the trail at 2,894 feet above sea level. From Benn Knob, though, the wilderness is broken by a paved road, which isn't so bad. The rapid paved descents were fun but too smooth.

Electric wires are strung along the road to feed Pine Mountain Resort, which adjoins the state park, so you'll hear the hum of high voltage overhead on this part of the ride. If you don't like to ride pavement, then turn around here and take the route as an out-and-back (nine miles out, nine miles back). South Mountains is one of only two North Carolina state parks that allow mountain biking."

South Mountains Reviews

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First of all, the aerobic level of this trail is not easy or moderate. The person who wrote that is smoking something illegal. I've been riding a lot for 10 years; it is most definitely not an easy trail in that regard. If you like singletrack, don't ride this trail. If you want killer views in the spring or summer, don't ride this trail. If you want to be technically challenged, don't ride this trail. If you want a workout, ride this trail. Basically, I wouldn't go out of my way to ride this again. The ups were way up and steep and the down's, while fast, weren't challenging except for the new loose gravel placed before several turns. I believe that climbs are the price we pay for fun wasn't worth it here.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Following heavy or sustained rain Jacob's Fork often floods, making it impassable; otherwise, this is an all-season trail.
South Mountains State Park, 828-433-4772
Local Contacts
A good map is available at the office or at the registration station.
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Jul 2018