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!
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.
Join us for our Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 9 at the Blowing Rock Draft House in Hickory. This location is in the ground floor of the old Hollar Mill near Lenoir-Rhyne University. Carolina Pedal Works, event sponsor, is in the same building. Doors open at 6. Meeting will start promptly at 6:30.
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. Light bites will be provided as well as some sweet door prizes.
Meeting is open to everyone, including non-members.
We have a lot 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.
Join us January 15th for a large workday where we will be working on two trails in Pisgah. We will be meeting at the Upper Wilson Ridge (21 Jumps) Trailhead on Edgemont Rd. in Gragg (36.040297, -81.748758). If you are unfamiliar with this part of the forest, it is a remote area so plan accordingly to be on time or early. There is no reliable cell service. Parking is also limited, so carpool with others that you know are coming. At 9am, we will divide into groups and cover several maintenance items on the trails. Rain date is Sunday 1/16. If this gets postponed, the call will be made by 7am the day of on the Alliance Facebook site. Bring sturdy footwear, work gloves, and water. Tools will be provided. Also, please fill out the Trail Volunteer RSVP form so we can plan ahead.
The Alliance is partnering with Overmountain Cycles for some work on Holly Springs (aka Sinkhole), January 31, 2022 at 9am. Join us for some maintenance work on this classic Pisgah trail. Meeting location will be near the lower trailhead at the intersection of FSR 982 Mortimer Piedmont Rd. and the gated FSR 986 Piedmont Springs Rd. (Coordinates: 35.920583,-81.792417). If you are unfamiliar with this part of the forest, it is a remote area so plan accordingly to be on time or early. There is no reliable cell service. Parking is VERY limited, so carpool with others that you know are coming.
At 9am, we will divide into groups and then hiking in a good ways before beginning work back down the trail. If this gets postponed due to weather, the call will be made by 7am the day of on the Alliance Facebook site. Bring sturdy footwear, work gloves, and water. Tools will be provided. Also, please fill out the Trail Volunteer RSVP form so we can plan ahead.
Come help us give the trails at Lake James State Park some love!
All Work Parties will begin at 9am. Pack water and snacks to take with you on the trail. Sturdy footwear and work gloves recommended. Tools will be provided, and work will end around noon. Group ride will follow at 1pm, so don’t forget your bike!
Dates and work detail subject to change; this post may be revised. Any day-of cancellations will be posted on Facebook site, so check there if weather looks questionable.
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...
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.