Mountain Biking

National forest bike trails

North Carolina’s national forests offer more than 245 miles of bike trails. Forest roads are also open for mountain biking, unless otherwise signed.

Near Hiwassee Lake

At Hanging Dog Recreation Area on the Tusquitee Ranger District, 7.2 miles of intersecting loops are offered. The trails start near the boat launch, with great Hiwassee Lake views.

Near Hayesville

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Mountain Biking Areas

  • Croatan National Forest area description
  • Neuse River Recreation Area area description
  • Neuse River Trails
  • Nantahala National Forest area description
  • Cheoah Ranger District area description
  • Tsali Recreation Area area description
  • Mouse Branch Loop #152A
  • Thompson Connector #152B, Tsali
  • Thompson Loop #152
  • Tsali Left Loop #38A
  • Tsali Right Loop #38
  • Nantahala Ranger District area description
  • Blackrock TR447
  • Deep Gap TR 449
  • Devils Elbow TR448
  • Great Wall TR489
  • Mac's Gap TR482
  • Nantahala River Bike Trail TR368
  • North Road TR 453
  • Panthertown Valley Backcountry Area
  • Panthertown Valley TR474
  • Powerline Road TR451
  • Rattlesnake Knob TR452
  • Riding Ford TR 450
  • Tusquitee Ranger District area description
  • Hanging Dog Recreation Area area description
  • Ramsey Bluff Mtn Biking System
  • Jackrabbit Mountain Recreation Area area description
  • Pisgah National Forest area description
  • Appalachian Ranger District area description
  • Big Ivy Area, Coleman Boundary area description
  • Bear Pen TR 176
  • Laurel Gap TR 184
  • Little Andy TR 174
  • Perkins TR 175
  • Staire Creek TR 183
  • Upper Corner Rock TR 173
  • Walker Creek TR 165
  • Briar Bottom Bicycle TR 1006
  • Hot Springs Area area description
  • Laurel River TR 310
  • Mill Ridge Bike Trail # 280-Hot Springs Area
  • Mill Ridge TR 280
  • Grandfather Ranger District area description
  • Boone Fork Campground
  • Curtis Creek Area
  • FSR 482
  • Jarrett Creek Road
  • Mortimer Campground area description
  • FSR 45 Watauga Turnpike
  • FSR 981 Roseboro Edgemont
  • Old Fort Picnic Area area description
  • Kitsuma/Youngs Ridge Trail 204
  • Point Lookout Trail
  • Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River Area area description
  • Greentown Trail 268
  • Holly Springs Trail 273
  • Wilson Ridge Trail 269
  • Woodruff Ridge Trail 256
  • Pisgah Ranger District area description
  • Avery Creek Trail #327
  • Bear Branch Trail #328
  • Bennett Gap Trail #138
  • Bent Creek Experimental Forest area description
  • Boyd Branch Trail #665
  • Campground Connnector Trail #329
  • Cold Knob Connector Trail #337A
  • Deer Lake Lodge Trail #664
  • Deerfield Loop Trail #335
  • Explorer Loop Connector #337B
  • Greenslick Trail #139
  • Hardtimes Connector Trail #661
  • Homestead Trail #333
  • Ingles Field Connector #150A
  • Ingles Field Gap Trail #150
  • Lake Powhatan Campground
  • Lake Powhatan Picnic Area
  • Lake Powhatan Swim Area
  • Ledford Trail #660
  • Little Hickory Top Trail #136
  • Lower Sidehill Trail #137A
  • North Boundary Trail #135
  • Pine Tree Connector Trail #336A
  • Pine Tree Loop Trail #336
  • Sidehill Connector Trail #145A
  • Sidehill Trail #145
  • Sleepy Gap Trail #339
  • Small Creek Trail #334
  • Wolf Branch Trail #666
  • Big Creek Trail #102
  • Black Mountain Trail #127
  • Bradley Creek Trail #351
  • Buckhorn Gap Trail #103
  • Buckwheat Knob Trail #122
  • Butter Gap Trail #123
  • Caney Bottom Trail #361
  • Cantrell Creek Trail #148
  • Cat Gap Bypass Trail #120A
  • Cat Gap Loop Trail #120
  • Cedar Rock Trail #124
  • Cemetery Loop Trail #341
  • Club Gap Trail #343
  • Coontree Loop Trail #144
  • Cove Creek Group Campground
  • Cove Creek Trail #340
  • Cradle of Forestry In America Historic Site area description
  • Forest Discovery Center
  • Pink Beds Connector Trail #118A
  • Pink Beds Loop Trail #118
  • Daniel Redge Loop Trail #105
  • Davidson River Campground
  • Davidson River Trail #650
  • Farlow Gap Trail #106
  • Flat Laurel Creek Trail #346
  • Fletcher Creek Trail #350
  • Foster Creek Trail #610
  • Grassy Road Trail #364
  • Graveyard Ridge Trail #356
  • Horse Cove Gap Trail #325
  • Ivestor Gap Trail #101
  • Laurel Creek Trail #348
  • Laurel Mountain Trail #121
  • Laurel Mountian Connector Trail #110
  • Long Branch Trail #116
  • Middle Fork Trail #352
  • Mullinax Trail #326
  • North Boundary Trail #135
  • North Mills River Trail #353
  • North Slope Trail #359
  • Pilot Cove Loop Trail #320A
  • Pilot Cove-Slate Rock Trail #320
  • Pilot Rock Trail #321
  • Pink Beds Picnic Area
  • Pisgah Ranger Station/Visitor Center
  • Riverside Trail #115
  • South Mills River Trail #133
  • Spencer Gap Trail #600
  • Squirrel Gap Trail #147
  • Summey Cove Trail #129
  • Sycamore Cove Loop Trail #143
  • Thrift Cove Loop Trail #603
  • Trace Ridge Trail #354
  • Turkeypen Gap Trail #322
  • Vineyard Gap Trail #324
  • Wash Creek Trail #606
  • Yellow Gap Trail #611
  • Uwharrie National Forest area description
  • Badin Lake Recreation Area area description
  • Wood Run Mountain Bike Trails