Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina

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The mountainous western part of North Carolina is a haven for outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

Some of the highest peaks in the East, surrounded by vast areas of public land and miles and miles of trails, invite mountain bikers from all over the world. But even locals looking for a quick, easy ride find the area irresistible.

Why take an expensive vacation thousands of miles away when a world-renowned outdoor playground is right next door?

MTB WNC is your on-line mountain biking guide for the Mountain region of North Carolina, containing all of the information you need to make your next trip complete. We aim to provide guidebook-quality information that you can use in your outdoor persuits. Have fun browsing and riding!

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The Trails section is dedicated to the individual trails in Western North Carolina. Use this section to search for a trail if you know its name. Each trail has its own page with all the details, a map (where available), and a place to leave ratings and comments.

Featured Trails: Estatoe, Cove Creek, Yotee's Run, Cedar Rock...


MTB WNC's Trailheads are hubs or larger areas where several trails are clustered together or in a network. Each represents a place where you can spend a day or more exploring mountain biking trails without driving too far (or at all!).

Featured Trailheads: Pisgah National Forest, Nantahala National Forest, Dupont State Forest...

Best Rides

The Best Rides combine the individual trails from the Trailheads above into a fully guided experience. We feel like these trips are most representative of the great mountain biking that Western North Carolina has to offer!

Featured Hikes: Black Mountain, Daniel Ridge, Eastern Slickrock, Tsali...


This section covers all of the maps we have available for you to view, download, and purchase, including maps of the Trailheads and Best Rides above, and interactive Google Maps with downloadable GPS data.

Featured Maps: Interactive Map of Trailheads, USGS Topographic Maps, Nat. Geo Trails Illustrated ™ Series...

Photo Gallery

Browse through photos of the trails, views, waterfalls, and mountains in the region. Links to these galleries are provided from Trailheads and Rides as well.

Featured Galleries: Dupont State Forest, Flat Laurel Creek, Picklesimer Fields, Tsali, Black Mountain...

Area Information

Get general area information to round out your trip, including things to consider when planning a ride, information about places to stay and bike shops, and ways to get involved in the area's mountain biking community.

Area Information Pages: Camping/Lodging, Bike Shops, Geography, Weather/Climate, Clubs & Organizations...

Some new trail at DuPont State Forest
Turkey Knob Trail in DuPont State Recreational Forest.

Site Updates & News

New multi-use trails open near Lake Lure, NC

We’ve been hearing tidbits about the development of the new trails near the Hickory Nut Gorge and Chimney Rock State Park for the last few years. Now it looks like the first trail openings are happening, starting at Lake Lure’s Buffalo Creek Park. According to the Town of Lake Lure, there  Read more »

Posted on February 27, 2014 11:25 am

Forest Service to close N. Mills River Area for 6 Months

It looks like the Brushy Ridge logging project will be getting underway soon, and during that time, the entire North Mills River area will be closed to public access. A post on the NC Wildlife Resource Commission’s web site alludes to the closure and that they won’t be stocking fish. Edit  Read more »

Posted on January 28, 2014 12:19 pm

Tsali’s Left Loop Closed Temporarily

The US Forest Service announced a closure of Tsali’s Left Loop trail due to a landslide today. Full press release is below. Edit 3/1/2014: The Forest Service has reopened the trail now. Enjoy it! National Forests in North Carolina U.S. Forest Service 160A Zillicoa St. Asheville, N.C. 28801 Online: FOREST  Read more »

Posted on January 2, 2014 1:04 pm

New DuPont State Forest Map by Pisgah Map Company

Earlier this year, Pisgah Map Company released another map in the Western North Carolina Trail Guide series, this one of DuPont State (Recreational) Forest. Like the Pisgah Ranger District map published in 2011 (which we also reviewed), this is another fantastic publication made by locals who are not only trail  Read more »

Posted on June 12, 2013 2:53 pm

New Trail Opens in DuPont State Forest

In celebration of National Trails day on June 1, 2013, several new trails were officially opened in DuPont State Recreational Forest, including a new connector between the end of Turkey Knob Road at Pinnacle Mountain Road and Little Briery trail. This new segment of trail, which was built by Long  Read more »

Posted on June 10, 2013 12:38 pm

Forest Service Trail Strategy Document Completed

The US Forest Service has released the draft final Non-Motorized Trail Strategy document, which is available on their web site for review. The final Trail Strategy collaborative meeting for Pisgah is to be held tomorrow, Thursday Feb. 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the UNCA Sherrill Center, Mountain View Conference Room in Asheville. Agency employees  Read more »

Posted on February 13, 2013 1:29 pm

Blue Ridge Parkway General Management Plan & Final EIS Announced

The National Park Service released the General Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Blue Ridge Parkway today. This begins a 30 day “no action” period, after which time they’ll officially select an alternative for implementation. While there is good stuff to be found in the plan, there is  Read more »

Posted on January 16, 2013 10:50 pm

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Seasonal Trail Status

seasonal trails are closed

As of April 15th, seasonal trails are closed to bikes. The seasonal designation allows more popular trails to be open to bikes during the off-season months.