Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina
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 to visit 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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On This Site
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.
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!).
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!
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.
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.
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.
Site Updates & News
Panthertown Valley’s Cold Mountain trailhead, providing the best access to some of the area’s favorite features such as Schoolhouse Falls, will close on Monday morning for construction. When it reopens? A proper parking area! Until now, there has only been very limited space to park along the edges of the Read more »
Posted on August 1, 2015 10:59 am
For the first time I can remember, the schedule for which users can use which trails at the Tsali Recreation Area, located on Fontana Lake near Bryson City, NC, is changing. The press release says the schedule will be posted to their web site, but I’m not seeing it yet. Read more »
Posted on April 25, 2015 10:24 am
We’re happy to announce that our new WNC Waterfalls App for Android phones and tablets is ready for download! Starting today, you can visit 50 of the area’s popular waterfalls using this guide on your Android device. It’s packed with the same information we provide here on the web – but with no data connection needed after installation. Photos are provided Read more »
Posted on September 30, 2014 7:24 am
Most of the trails and roads which were closed for the Brushy Ridge logging project have reopened today, according to the National Forests in NC. The roads and trails were closed while logging took place in the area, and while some work remains, it looks like the active work area Read more »
Posted on June 18, 2014 9:46 pm
Western North Carolina is about to have yet another trail system for mountain biking at one of its beautiful mountain destinations! Lake James State Park will soon be open to bikes with 15 miles of new multi-use trail on the north side of the lake, which are in the park’s Paddy’s Creek Read more »
Posted on June 5, 2014 10:28 pm
The lower section of the Black Mountain trail – below its northern intersection with the Thrift Cove trail – will be closed for at least two weeks while the “Big Dig 2014″ trail work project gets underway. The project, which is being headed up by the Forest Service in conjunction with Pisgah Read more »
Posted on May 20, 2014 9:28 pm
Tucked away near Robbinsville, NC in Graham County is Santeetlah Lake, a gem of a reservoir with a name I’ve yet figured out how to pronounce correctly. The lake is fed by clear, cold-water streams such as Snowbird Creek and one with the same name as the lake, flowing out of Read more »
Posted on April 17, 2014 3:43 pm
Archived news and more articles are on the WNCOutdoors.info Blog.