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 and maintaining some of 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.

Chapter Meeting December 9 @ Anchor Coffee - North Wilkesboro
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Chapter Meeting December 9 @ Anchor Coffee - North Wilkesboro | North Wilkesboro | North Carolina | United States

Join us for our Annual Chapter Meeting on Friday, December 9 at the Anchor Coffee in North Wilkesboro. Anchor Coffee is graciously keeping their doors open for our meeting and serving a variety of coffee and other beverages. Doors open at 6. Meeting will start promptly at 6:30. A ride has been scheduled to depart Anchor at 4pm for a quick loop at Cub Creek. Check our Facebook page for details on the ride if weather is questionable. 

During this meeting we will take care of some quick annual business, provide some information on the state of the Alliance, and then have plenty of time for conversation. Details on food are forthcoming.

Meeting is open to everyone, including non-members.

It really has been an exciting year for  us, we have much to share and want to hear from you about the trails you ride. Whether you’ve already joined the Alliance or just wanting some information, stop on by to find out what we are all about.

Sustainable Trails Workshop at Lake James @ Lake James State Park
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sustainable Trails Workshop at Lake James @ Lake James State Park | Nebo | North Carolina | United States

Join the Alliance for a Sustainable Trails Workshop at Lake James State Park! This event is free of charge. Pre-registration is required, and attendance is limited.

The focus of the event will be sustainable trail basics, and particularly trail maintenance. This program will be two parts: the morning session will be a classroom setup and the afternoon will be out on the trails. Attendees are welcome to sign up for one or both of these options on the registration form.

To reserve a spot for the workshop use the Google form here: Workshop Registration. For questions about the event, email


  • 9-12:00 – Inside Session at Lake James State Park Vistors Center
  • 12:00-1:30 –  Lunch on your own
  • 1:00-4:00 – Field Work outside on the trails at Lake James State Park


This workshop will be led by Tim Johnson of Destination by Design. He has previously worked in several positions including the Rockingham Community College TRAILS Program, and as the Western Region Trails Specialist of the N.C. Trails Program. Tim also provided oversight to the Fonta Flora State Trail though the Burke County Community Development Office.

SORBA Summit 2023 @ Old Fort, NC
Apr 12 – Apr 16 all-day

The SORBA Summit will be in Old Fort, NC, April 12th-16th, 2023. This event will be hosted in partnership with the Alliance and G5 Trail Collective. The Summit schedule, registration link, lodging and camping details, and other info will be posted here as it develops. The weekend will also feature several guided group rides in and around Old Fort’s Gateway Trail System. The rides will be free of charge and open to the public. Stay tuned!

International Women’s Mountain Biking Day @ TBD
May 6 @ 2:00 pm
International Women's Mountain Biking Day @ TBD | Nebo | North Carolina | United States

Led by veteran women riders in our area, this ride are being promoted as an opportunity for women of all abilities to meet others, have fun, and ride!

Stay tuned to this page or our Facebook page for any other announcements about the ride, or news about any weather-related postponement of the ride. Location TBD

Please RSVP by filling out this quick form: Registration Link.


Old Becomes New On Yancey Ridge

Old Becomes New On Yancey Ridge

New Reroute of Exit Now Open! The Alliance is pleased to share that the newly constructed exit of Yancey Ridge Trail is now officially OPEN! This 1.2 mile section of new trail reroutes the segment that was on private property onto US Forest Service land. The...

Mortimer Trails Project Update: June 2021

Mortimer Trails Project Update: June 2021

Big things are happening in the Grandfather District of Pisgah National Forest! The dirt is really flying around, and we want to provide some updates on the Mortimer Trails Project.

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