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!
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
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.
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.
All the dirt on the series can be found at canecreekcup.com 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: canecreekcup.com
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.
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.
We are excited to provide some updates on some of the trail work in Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River Area of the Grandfather District. Noticeable changes are starting to occur on some trails, and this post is intended to summarize where things are to date.