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NC High Country Bike Trails


NC High Country Bike Trails

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: 16 Miles
    Elevation: 600 foot gain
    Start at the Junaluska City Park and bike through 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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