Northwest North Carolina Mountain Bike Alliance

A SORBA Chapter promoting land access, trail preservation and new trail development on the federal, state & local lands of Northwestern North Carolina
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The best mountain bike trails in North Carolina

Northwest North Carolina Mountain Bike Alliance (The Alliance) is building the best MTB trails in North Carolina, tucked away in the Northwestern part of the state. We build, ride and protect single track mountain bike trails in towns of Boone, Conover, Glen Alpine, Hickory, Lenoir & Wilkesboro and the Grandfather District of The Pisgah National Forest.  If you’re just looking for the most recent trail status or a whole new place to ride, we’re here to help connect you to the best mountain bike trails around.

Great trails rely on members

The Alliance is a chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association and relies on membership, volunteer hours and donations from mountain bikers to operate. Members continue the mission of making mountain bike trails accessible and sustainable through our core values: Speak, Build, Respect, Ride!


We’re a chapter of SORBA, the largest nonprofit mountain biking organization in the Southeast.



Our members build and maintain sustainable mountain bike trails for everyone to enjoy.



We are dedicated to respecting the environment; building and riding trails respectfully.



Whether you’re an experienced rider or just starting out, we’ll connect you with the MTB scene.


Trail Status Reports

Trail status is updated by our local trail stewards, but you should always check with each trail’s website or Facebook page if conditions are suspect. Most trails close for a minimum of 24 hours following rain.

= Open | = Caution | = Trail Closed

Upcoming Events

The alliance holds regular work parties, socials, board meetings and other events throughout the calendar year. Be sure to subscribe to our calendar below to keep up with the latest happenings.

2020 Dark Grind *Postponed* @ Dark Mountain MTB Trail
Sep 13 all-day
2020 Dark Grind *Postponed* @ Dark Mountain MTB Trail | Wilkesboro | North Carolina | United States

Race the Dark Side (Postponed, Date Tentative)

*We are working with the USACE, The Cane Creek Cup and our volunteers to confirm a re-schedule as soon as we can. Sept 13th is tentative at this point. Please stay tuned to our calendar and social media platforms for up-to-date information* 

The Cane Creek Cup (FKA Southern Classic Mountain Bike Series) is returning to Kerr Scott for the Dark Grind. In cooperation with the USACE, the Alliance is excited to promote this long-standing race. It is going to be a great day of racing at Dark Mountain. Proceeds from this event benefit the trails at Kerr Scott. Race sponsor, Bald Guy Brew, will be providing a special Dark Grind coffee blend to all podium finishers. 

Race Information

All the dirt on the series can be found at This is a USA Cycling Sanctioned Race and an annual racing license is required. One-Day MTB Licenses will be available onsite, and can also be purchased online.


Register now:

Race Course

Seven-mile loop that uses upper Fish Dam Creek and a combination of all the smaller trails at Dark Mountain, aka the “Burn” lap. There are some great changes to Dark Mountain that will be featured in the 2018 edition, including new trail and excellently reworked downhill sections. Come on out and race the Dark Side and be the first to race the new changes to the course!

Number of laps varies by category, and will be outlined on the registration site and event flyer.


Local Directions to Dark Mountain: Take N.C. 268 west from Wilkesboro. Three miles past U.S. 421, turn right at the large W. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir sign onto Reservoir Road. Follow Reservoir Road across W. Kerr Scott Dam and turn left at the flagpole. The parking area is at the end of the driveway down the dam. For detailed directions visit BMCC’s Website.

Boone Fork Fall Work Party @ Spencer Branch Trailhead
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a Pisgah Workday at Boone Fork. We will be meeting at the Spencer Branch Trailhead (2826 Roby Martin Rd, Lenoir, NC 28645). Bring sturdy footwear, work gloves, and a lunch. Tools will be provided. A ride is scheduled shortly after lunch, at 1pm.

6 Hours of Warrior Creek
Nov 7 all-day

Zacks Fork Fall Work Party
Nov 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Update on Forest Plan Revision

Update on Forest Plan Revision

It is now time to submit comments on the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Plan. Your comments will impact the decisions the USFS makes on how the forest will be managed for the next 20 years.

Chapter Partners

The Alliance recognizes the following organizations for their partnerships and contributions to furthering the sport of mountain biking in Northwest North Carolina.

Bald Guy Brew
Six Hours of Warrior Creek
Integrity Bicycle & Machine
Camp Grier
Full Metal Chicken