Chainsaw Safety Class at Kerr Scott
Apr 13 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chainsaw Safety Class at Kerr Scott @ Wilkesboro | North Carolina | United States

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding a NC Forest Service Wildland Fire Chainsaw Safety course at W. Kerr Scott on Saturday, April 13. This safety course will be a full-day commitment from 8am-5pm, with classroom session inside followed by and practical session outside. Pre-registration is required: registration link. Space is limited for this event, and priority will be given to those who work on the trails at Kerr Scott. Participants need to have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): chaps, hearing and eye protection, and helmet. If any of these items are needed, please indicate on registration form.

2019 Dark Grind
May 4 all-day
2019 Dark Grind @ Dark Mountain MTB Trail | Wilkesboro | North Carolina | United States

Race the Dark Side on May 5th

The Southern Classic Mountain Bike Series is returning to Kerr Scott on May 4 for the Dark Grind. In cooperation with the USACE, the Brushy Mountain Cyclists Club (BMCC), and the North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League (NCICL), 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 chapter trail fund. 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.

National Trails Day at OVT
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
National Trails Day at OVT @ OVT Trailhead at VAC

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.