A nice way to explore the trails
photo by Sarah Fonger
Looking for a great place to mountain bike?
Congratulations—you’ve found it. DuPont State Forest, Gorges State Park, and the Pisgah Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest, all in Western North Carolina, feature hundreds of biking trails. You can not only create great there and back trails but also piece together great loops to connect to different destinations in each forest. These trails range in difficulty from easy to expert.
Each area has something special to offer--from the steep climbs and descents of Pisgah to the playfulness of the DuPont loops. The mountain biking scene is a now a blooming sport and promises to continue to grow.
This page covers mountain biking tips, techniques, and basic information as well as a complete list of all the biking trails divided by area.
1. Always wear a helmet when on a bike, NO exceptions
2. Make sure you are physically capable for the ride length
3. Always come prepared for your length of ride, including food, water, shelter, and safety equipment
4. Know your location at all times
5. Have fun--this is the focus of the sport
Wearing a helmet at all times keeps you safe. Regardless of your skill level, your brain is a precious organ not easily replaced. Most importantly, it makes us as bikers look like the sophisticated group that we are.
Know your abilities. Long rides are not for everyone--being able to ride for longs distances takes a good amount of practice and dedication. The worst feeling in the world is going out with friends and holding them back because you have to push you bike for a few hours.
Always be prepared for the ride, whether it be a short ride where you only need water and a tube or a long ride where you might need tents, food, medical supplies, etc. The best ride in the world can go wrong at any second--being prepared will save you from a long day of hiking your bike back to the road or becoming stranded in the woods.
Know your location at all times. No, this does not mean you have to know your gps location at all times, but you need to make sure you are watching the trail for marking and are still on the right route. Trails can switch in a split second while you are enjoying the ride, and you might find yourself 3 miles down the wrong trail you are not prepared for. Having a reliable gps doesn’t hurt, either.
Most importantly, make sure that you are having fun out on the trails, whether it is a fun group ride or a training ride. Having fun on the trails is, after all, the entire point!
Notes on Trash
Most of us who enter the woods enjoy the beauty. Please be respectful and remember, if you pack it in, pack it out! This includes all snack containers, chains, tubes, and anything not biodegradable.
DuPont, Gorges, and Pisgah Ranger District offer a variety of terrain, length, and excitement level to create rides to suit your fancy
photo by Sarah Fonger
Also, Chestnut Mountain Road accessible from the Grassy Ridge Parking Area is a great place to ride. The Road is beyond the scope of Blue Ridge Hiker as it is not a hiking trail, but you can contact the Visitor Center for information.
Chestnut Mountain Road access
photo by A. Scott Lavender
Enjoy your ride!
Jun 01, 18 11:01 AM
A family oriented gem alongside the Pisgah Ranger Station.
Jun 01, 18 01:12 AM
The folks behind Blue Ridge Hiker
Jun 27, 17 02:20 PM
Bridal Veil Overlook Trail