Sherman Branch Park Mtb Trail

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11
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 900 ft
↓ 1,000 ft
809
elevation (ft)
7.9
avg mph
166
ridden
107
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1:17
avg time

Loop
AVERAGE RATING
4.63 out of 5
About This Trail
added by EZ-E Singletrack on February 7, 2007
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Trail created Fall 2006 by volunteer efforts of the Tarheel Trailblazers. Clockwise loop of twisty singletrack good for both single-speed and geared XC bikes. Composed of gradual climbs and descents with various bridges, log jams, jumps, berms, and rock gardens throughout the loop. Follow Tarheel Trailblazer red arrow blazes.
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MtMTB09 on October 4, 2014
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Review: Great trail. Some nice runs and good jumps. Not that technical but still a good ride

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metalmok on October 3, 2014
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Review: I live 3 miles from this trail so when I need a quick ride this is where I go. When I first moved to Charlotte 6 years ago I thought this trail was too easy and didn't like it. I have grown to love it's flowy corners and constant upgrades. This trail is extremely well maintained. There is always something new and problems are fixed very quickly. This trail is just doggone fun!

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Nick Kickham on September 16, 2014
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Review: Thus is probably the best trail I've ridden so far in and around the Charlotte area. Very fun. There were some difficult uphill rock gardens on the lake loop which were too advanced for me. I am by no means a beginner but definitely not an advanced enough rider for those areas yet. Hopefully I will get there after I get used to my new bike. Maybe I will try them with my hard tail 29er. Definitely an intermediate trail system with a few expert areas - in my opinion.

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Zachary Mckee on June 2, 2014
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Review: Awesome trail. By far my favorite in the Charlotte area. The berm sections and fast and flowy and the drop ins are awesome.

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tephabu on May 31, 2014
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Review: Fast and flowing trail. A couple of jumps, and wooden features... Rollercoaster loop is like a rollercoaster, lots of up and down. The main loop is just plain fast and flowing and the lake loop has a couple of challenging rock sections.

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Chase Carlson on March 27, 2014
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Review: Best trail in Charlotte area In my opinion. Some will say WWC is better but this trail has a charm to it by having man made obsticals.

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JBX on February 6, 2014
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Review: Nice trail, great flow with lots of berms and ladders, a few rock gardens, 11.6 miles of fun

Similar Trail: Francis Beatty with out non-bikers

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em6901 on January 26, 2014
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Review: What an awesome trail. Bunch of features to test your ability and awesome berms. Best trail in Charlotte.

Similar Trail: Whitewater Center

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BikerUNCC on January 8, 2014
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Review: Great trial! There are a lot of climbs, low root count and tons of technical aspects - drops, jumps, beams, wooden ramps, rock gardens, berms, etc.

I love the jumps and technical sections of the Lake Loop. The Roller Coaster Loop is fun but there are always way too many people riding it. The Roller Coaster Loop consists of drops and climbs, compared to the jumps, rock gardens, drops and rooted climbs of the Lake Loop. Considering this, I am now loving the Lake Loop more than Roller Coaster.

This is my go-to trail, especially because it's so close.

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oohoo on January 2, 2014
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Review: One of my fave in the Charlotte area. Definitely more of an XC speed trail but it had few fun jumps, bermed turns and rock gardens thrown in. This trail has great flow and is well maintained. This is usually the first trail I recommend to any newcomer to the Charlotte area. If you want super techy this probably isn't your place, but I think the speed and flow make up for the lack of extra technical sections.

Similar Trail: Lake Norman State Park

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Toolegit2quit on December 22, 2013
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Review: Well maintain single track trails lots of flow. Few roots and rocks, but lots of well built berms and bridges. Run by a park service so there is no night riding and it is closes during and after it rains. Worth the 11 mile drive.

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cutiger77 on October 24, 2013
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Review: I enjoyed these trails much more than USNWC. There aren't as many rocks and roots that pound you, and it's super fast in sections. I really liked the installations that TT has put in as well. Overall this is my favorite in the Charlotte area.

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EZ-E on June 10, 2013
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Review: A Charlotte staple...with the significant rains from the tropical storm, the trail is in dire need of a chance to dry out and get some TLC - there's standing water and mud in sections, significant erosion exposing roots...however, the trailwork continues Trailblazers have put in some new berms and jumps also rebuilt others. The worst hit sections are the Roller Coaster, Lake Loop and the return to the trailhead. Even if the trail is reported "Open", if you know it has rained in the few days before I would hold off on riding. I rode it a good 36hrs after full sun and it was very sloppy.

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travis385 on January 28, 2013
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Review: Nice flowing trails. There has been a lot of work and upkeep.

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irishskibum on January 13, 2013
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Review: spaghetti trail. would love to try it on a cross bike.

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kb_stumpy on October 29, 2012
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Review: Still my favorite in CLT!

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Dread on October 15, 2012
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Review: Real fun trail. Offers a lot for riders of all different skill levels.

Similar Trail: Lake Norman State Park

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FL29erNC on October 7, 2012
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Review: One of the best trails In the area.

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sbruner305 on October 6, 2012
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Review: Although I am still new to MTB'ing, this trail is awesome. It flows very well and is thoroughly marked. Plenty of options provided in case you want to try to improve your skill. Just absolutely a blast would recommend to anyone. Kuddos to the Tarheel Trailblazers for the excellent up keep on the trails.

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CPepper on June 26, 2012
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Review: This is a FUN ride!! On a pretty day its like a summer romance that you dont want to ever end!!! Do all three loops to get your endurance time in. Give yourself some time to play on the obstacles. Beautiful little lake!! So glad we have this app that helped us find this awesome new trail for us!!

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baddad549 on June 10, 2012
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Review: New to area, first time riding Sherman Branch, found the trail very exciting. Lots of technical obstacles, all of which can be skipped with loop arounds. Recorded 1,400 ft elevation gain without having steep climbs. Flows really nicely. The trail markings were well done and well maintained. Koodos to the Tarheel Trailblazers! My video should be up in a couple days.

* Review edited 6/10/2012

Similar Trail: Wild Turkey, Greensboro

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Riley001 on May 26, 2012
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Review: Love this trail. 5 minutes from my house. If anyone found a front wheel in the parking lot out there on 05-20-12 it probably belongs to me. Left it there accidently.

Similar Trail: White Water Center

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firsturn201 on April 14, 2012
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Review: Great flow and fast fun!

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msstep on March 29, 2012
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Review: Sherman Branch is my go-to trail in the Charlotte area. Roller Coaster has some fun drops, but nothing unmanageable for an intermediate rider or a beginner taking their time. The Main Loop flows a bit faster with berms and some small jumps & log piles. There are a few optional obstacles along the way as well if you want a bit more challenge. The Lake Loop is quiet and smooth, with one or two technical sections including a great creek crossing. Overall Sherman is one of my favorite places to ride.

Similar Trail: USNWC

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Lawdawg1120 on August 20, 2011
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Review: Outstanding trail!

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rippitup on June 17, 2011
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Review: I love these trails!! FAST and some what chalenging....love the lake loop as well. Roller coaster loop is more difficult to me...busted on the last maybe 10ft drop...still thrilling though!!! O n the lake loop ran into a hiker and dog not on a leash so watch out for loose dogs with the agenda to make you crash. haha

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jaybird57 on April 22, 2011
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Review: Great trail! My son & I routinely make the drive from Columbia, SC to ride this awesome trail! I love the "roller coaster" section & all the log crossings, rocks, berms & man-made features on this fun & flowly singletrack!

Similar Trail: USNWC, Lake Norman S.P.

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hampton1100 on February 7, 2011
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Review: I absolutely love this trail. Amazing design, maintained, very fast and very fun. good mix of length and technicality.

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NESchultz3 on November 30, 2010
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Review: Beautiful single speed trails, the best way to ride these in my opinion. They are relatively smooth with short ups and downs.

Similar Trail: Colonel Francis Beatty Park

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RidingPastor on November 1, 2010
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Review: Wow this is a great trail system. For the most part very fast and a lot of fun. It has many different features. There are three trails. Big loop, Roller Coaster, and lake loop. The Roller coaster was very intense big (to me) drops and it really was like a roller coaster only better b/c you are on a bike. The big loop was fast and fun, not to technical but a few technical features thrown in. There are a few rock gardens that are tricky. There were quite a few people there riding Sunday when I rode but it was not to bad. Overall one of the best trails I have ridden. I am jealous of my friend Chris who lives 5 minutes from these trails.

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dirtyjungle on September 11, 2010
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Review: Not very much fun!!! Very easy and a lot of people. I must be missing something cause a lot of people love this trail. It is still a must ride it is just not what I am looking for in a trail. I do have to say that the trail is in great shape good job to the trail people. I don't care how fast you ride it, it is still very easy!!!

* Review edited 9/11/2010

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kingofthecrate on August 13, 2010
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Review: this trail is by far the best ive ridden in charlotte so far. Heading to white water tomorrow so we will see. There are some fast bermed in and outs and an wide trail to get out if its too much to handle (which its not but its there just in case) I ride single tracks all over the country and this one by far is my favorite to date.

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ericmo80 on July 23, 2010
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Review: Fast singletrack with just the right amount of jumps and technical difficulty! Multiple loops to choose from as well. If you don't know how to ride berms coming in - you will when you leave. Easily one of the best trails in Charlotte.

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MSTARR84 on June 20, 2010
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Review: Tons of fun, lots of climbs, not too many drops but the rollercoaster loop is both fun and challenging. Had a great time and it is an awesome ride overall.

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lfersantos on May 1, 2010
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Review: Outstanding! Tarheel Trailblazers you did it again! Found very noticeable improvements to the rollercoaster section which kept the adrenaline and the blood pumping, also some strategically position dirt ramps along the trail. Great flow, great terrain! WWC is a "walk in the park". If you haven't ridden Sherman, get to it!

Similar Trail: Beech Springs on Poplar Tent rd.

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Brandon_Hasson on March 23, 2010
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Review: Rollercoaster section was great. Post roller-coaster became monotonous.

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suthurnor on March 7, 2010
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Review: As much fun as there is to be had on a MTB. seriously, it's more fun than any other i've been to. it has everything, for everybody.

Similar Trail: PEE-WEES, Renessaince Park

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jaybird57 on January 2, 2010
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Review: Great trail!

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BIGRUSS on December 19, 2009
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Review: I rode the branch on a hardtail and loved it not to mention it was my first real trail ride in 5 years and i loved it....

* Review edited 12/19/2009

Similar Trail: none that i have ridden i.e anne springs,white water,renassiance

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markincharlotte on May 9, 2008
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Review: This is literally my backyard trail, as I live only a few hundred feet from the park. I ride it a few times a week, and also hike and do some trail running on the singletrack. The MTB experience at Sherman Branch is fantastic. There have been recent TTF additions, and minor trail re-routings. It just keeps getting better! There are a lot of log-crossings, rock gardens, banked turns, off-camber trail, and other natural features that make this a great place to ride. Some of the trail is probably beginner level, much of it is intermediate level. Average speeds can be quite high. There are no real hard, prolonged climbs, yet it's a really good cardio-workout riding this trail. Be aware the place gets very busy on weekends, and some evenings. There is usually NOT a lot of pedestrian traffic on the trail, but keep your head up on the lake loop, just in case, since there are about 1,000 homes just a few hundred feet from it. Can't recommend this trail highly enough. See http://www.shermanbranch.com for more info!

* Review edited 5/9/2008

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JCaldwell704 on October 20, 2007
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Review: awsome fast and tricky trail, it's not marked that well, but it's grooved to the point you can find your way around. just remember on the lake loop, right after you see the lake you come up on a fork in the trail that is not marked, go to the left.......but the trail is awsome hardly no climbs, just flowing, flowing and jumps and barms, rollers.....this would be single speed country here.........but i think the trail is perfect. sweet single track.....this trail you can turn your mind off and just get in the zone and flow.

Similar Trail: cross between catawaba river front and pee-wees.

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EZ-E on September 16, 2007
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Review: For more detailed trail status information, please check the "Sherman Branch Trail Status" Blogspot at: http://shermanbranch.blogspot.com/ ...or the "Forum"/"Trails"/"Official Sherman Branch Trail Status" bulletin board at: www.tarheeltrailblazers.com

* Review edited 9/20/2007

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jaxpcs on May 19, 2007
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Review: Another excellent trail from the Tarheel Trailblazers. Great flow in all loops. Started my ride yesterday with the Roller Coaster, on to the Main Loop, and then the Lake Loop. I had so much fun I had to go back to the Roller Coaster for a 2nd run. This trail is attractive because of the great planning and maintenance, lack of walkers/dogs, and lack of beginners. I've ridden this trail wide open many times and have rarely had to pass. All trails are so well laid out that you rarely see another rider even though they are out there.

Similar Trail: USNWC Charlotte

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jfstevens1 on May 8, 2007
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Review: This trail is a good time, and can be enjoyed by many skill levels. If you consider yourself a good rider, this trail is definitely the place to bring your single speed and work on tempo. If you just started mountain biking, the vast majority of this trail is rideable, with a few rocks and drops that you may want to just walk over. All in all, the TTB have made fantastic use of the terrain to produce one of the most all around fun trails in the area. Highly recommended.

* Review edited 5/8/2007

Similar Trail: Governor's Creek in Sanford, NC

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EZ-E on April 16, 2007
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Review: Trail length has been increased to about 10.7 miles with the introduction of the "Roller Coaster" and "Big Lake" loops. Finishing touches of some technical additions, signage, and repair/corrections continue to take place and are mentioned regularly on http://www.tarheeltrailblazers.com . There have been some issues of ATV's/Motorized vehicles trespassing on these new trails which have been built and designated for bike and foot traffic only - the County "Park Watch" patrols have asked if anyone sees any motorized vehicles on the trails, please call 980-722-2203 to report the location and details to them as soon as possible.

Similar Trail: Francis Beatty Park

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EZ-E on February 7, 2007
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Review: Current total ascent is 390ft for one lap of the existing 6.5 mile loop. Fun local singletrack...trail just constructed so lines are still getting worn in and trail surface is a bit tacky in areas, two small sections stay wet and will probably need to be armored or bridged. This may all change with the onset of warmer weather and longer days. Good flow in many areas, some you just have to pedal it out! Plenty of extras such as bridges, berms, log jams, rock gardens, and places to catch air.

Similar Trail: North Meck Park, Francis Beatty Park

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