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 on May 4th!
The Southern Classic Mountain Bike Series is returning to Kerr Scott on May 4 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 southernclassic.bike 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: usacycling.org
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 the Alliance for National Trails Day at Kerr Scott. We will be meeting at the Visitors Assistance Center at the main OVT trailhead. From there we will divide into groups and cover several maintenance items along the OVT and adjacent trails. Bring sturdy footwear, work gloves and a lunch. Tools will be provided. A ride is scheduled shortly after lunch. Down to volunteer? Sign up here.
Although we are still in early spring, there has been a lot of trail activity in Northwest NC. Volunteers have been busy. To date in 2019, volunteers at events we have organized have contributed over 700 hours of work already! This large number has been bolstered by...