Biking in the NC High Country

Whether you are training on the Blue Ridge Mountains, mountain biking, or just want to take a leisurely ride through the country to admire the mountains, the High Country is a great place to pedal.  Our cool temperatures, fresh air and bike friendly communities are here to welcome you!

Here is a list of trails by difficulty:

EASY BIKE RIDES- these trails have low elevation gains and nice scenery

GREENWAY TRAIL- BOONE
Length: 6 Miles (3 mile turnaround)
Condition: Maintained gravel, dirt trail and dirt road

This gentle outing, which travels the length of the Lee & Vivian Reynolds Greenway Trail in Boone is perfect for a quick leisurely ride.  For trail map, Click Here

HOWARD’S CREEK ROAD LOOP- BOONE
Length: 3.3 Miles
Condition: Dirt Road
Elevation:   600 foot gain

Beautiful farmland and forested roadways

WATAUGA RIVER ROAD RIDE- VALLE CRUCIS
Length: 8 Miles (4 mile turnaround)
Condition: Maintained paved and gravel road
Elevation: 150 foot gain

Park at the bridge and enjoy a beautiful leisurely bike ride along the scenic Watauga River in Valle Crucis.

LOWER CHINA CREEK LOOP- BLOWING ROCK
Length: 3.9 Miles
Condition: Easy, dirt, single-track trail
Elevation: 250 foot gain

This trail follows the thunderous and beautiful Thunder Hole Creek through the woods. Located off Globe Road in Blowing Rock.

RAILROAD GRADE ROAD- TODD
Length: 10 Miles
Condition: Maintained, Paved
Elevation: Flat

Ride this flat road along the New River. Check out the Todd General Store for a nice rest stop!

 

MODERATE BIKE RIDES- Rides contain significant elevation changes

JUNALUSKA ROAD RIDE- BOONE
Length: 14 Mile Loop
Condition: Dirt Road
Elevation: 1,200 foot gain

Swings along the steep Junaluska Mountain

EIGHTEEN MILE ROAD- WILSONS CREEK, PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST
Length: 16 Miles
Condition: Maintained dirt forest service road
Elevation: 600 foot gain

Lack of hairpin turns and rough terrain will allow you to pick up some speed on this road.  Click Here for information on the Wilson's Creek Wild & Scenic River Area

 

STRENUOUS BIKE RIDES- Rides contain significant elevation changes, roads may be in rough condition

YANCEY RIDGE LOOP- WILSONS CREEK, PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST
Length: 8.2 Miles
Condition: Erosion has left behind some serious ditches on this old logging road
Elevation: 1,100 foot gain

 Click Here for information on the Wilsons Creek Wild & Scenic River Area

ROSEBOROUGH TRAIL- WILSONS CREEK, PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST
Length: 14.1 miles
Condition: Single-track, paved road. Classic Mountain-Bike Ride
Elevation: 1,600 foot gain

 Click Here for information on the Wilsons Creek Wild & Scenic River Area

LOWER WILSON RIDGE TRAIL- WILSONS CREEK, PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST
Length: 8.6 miles
Condition: Single-track old dirt logging road. Some sections on trail are not clearly marked.
Elevation: 600 foot gain

Click Here for information on the Wilsons Creek Wild & Scenic River Area

WISEMAN’S VIEW RIDE- LINVILLE GORGE WILDERNESS AREA
Length: 8.2 miles
Condition: Rough dirt road, very steep elevation gains
Elevation: 1,200 foot gain

 Click Here for information on the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

TABLE ROCK LOOP- LINVILLE GORGE WILDERNESS AREA
Length: 26.2 miles
Condition: Dirt & paved road, very few level spots
Elevation: 2,450 foot gain. Most elevation gain occurs within 11 paved miles

  Click Here for information on the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

LINVILLE GORGE LOOP- LINVILLE GORGE WILDERNESS AREA
Length: 49 miles
Condition: Dirt & paved roads. Steep climbs & steep descents
Elevation: 4,050 foot gain.  Toughest ride in the area

 Click Here for information on the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

COUNTY MAINTAINED MOUNTAIN BIKING AREAS

ROCKY KNOB MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK- BOONE
Length: 6-8 miles of trails
Click Here for a map of trails

EMERALD OUTBACK- BEECH MOUNTAIN
Length: over 9 miles of trails
Click Here for a map of trails

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