Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina

Current Inspiration:
Fall on Cedar Rock.

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!

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.

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

WNC Waterfalls App for Android Released

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

North Mills River Trails Reopened

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

15 Miles of Multi-Use Trails Open Saturday at Lake James State Park

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

Black Mountain Trail Needs Your Help!

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

Santeetlah Lake Trail Now Open

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

Wash Creek Road added to the list of closures for the Brushy Ridge Project

Some bad news about the road and trail closures in the North Mills River area this morning: Wash Creek Road, which is the main road leading from the Campground up to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Bent Creek Gap, has been added to the “Closed” list. It is, however, still  Read more »

Posted on March 27, 2014 9:36 am

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

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Seasonal Trail Status

seasonal trails are open

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