June 15, 2016
I'm relatively new to the Charlotte area but I've ridden a lot the trails in the area. USNWC is comprised of multiple loops that are interconnected that can be combined for longer rides. All trails very different from one another. I am not that technically skilled and my job (ICU Murse) keeps me off the super technical stuff cause if I break my arm I can't work. I ride an 29er hardtail xc bike.
East Main- Moderate Difficulty- twisty single track with a few good climbs. Haven't found the "extension" everyone is telling me to ride
Parkway Trail- very easy Greenway Gravel trail, I use it to add miles and connect to East Main to Academy
Academy- Moderate Difficulty- Short-steep climbs and descents. Can be quite twisty and techy at times. Not quite my thing.
Carolina Thread-Easy-Sortaflowy-out and back. Watch for on coming riders. Can be annoying around blind corners.
Figure 8-Difficult-I have only riden the section that connects CT to North Main. A couple sections where I wish I had full suspension, can be rocky and rooty.
North Main-Moderate-Small amount of flow, like east main but with more sustained climbs and descents.
South Main-Moderate- Small amount of flow, not very technical but a good uphill. watch for kayakers porting their boats.
My only gripe with USNWC is how confusing some of the trails can be. Sometimes the signs and maps aren't completely clear especially around the north main-south main junction area.
Every tail is different. Lake Norman esque at times.