Dark Mountain Trail

4.36 out of 5
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↑ 2,700 ft
↓ 1,400 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
West of Wilkesboro, the Dark Mountain Trail system is currently a 6 mile singletrack trail. The trail system has something for everyone: good climbs, fast descents, a couple of techincal switchbacks, and log crossings... not to mention a fantastic view of the lake shore!

For more riding near Kerr Scott Reservoir, be sure to check out the Overmountain Victory Trail and Warrior Creek Trail.The main trail, a doubletrack jeep road, runs up a forested ridge and across the top. A network of interlocking singletrack trails loops off the jeep road. The trail's toughest climb comes at the start, as the jeep road makes a steep ascent to the top of the ridge. The trail network features loop after loop of singletrack trail rolling through a mature forest with tall poplars and pines. You'll roll through rhododendron tunnels, dip past an old homestead, snake up and down wooded ridges, skirt the edge of a pony pasture, and cruise past a finger of the lake.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Warrior Creek
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (119 total check-ins)
  Emily J Ward   on Oct 13, 2019
  Gronckle   on Oct 6, 2019
  rsmtnbiker29   on Sep 22, 2019
  dlaido   on Jun 25, 2019
  ChrispyGTS72   on Jun 2, 2019
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Reviews (60)


June 26, 2019
dlaido Gnarly  
Review: This was our "consolation" trail as we were visiting from Florida and Warrior Creek and OVT were closed. This trail was shorter, seemed like a little more "work" on the climbs than Warrior Creek and was less "flowy". That being said it was still a fantastic trail and the downhill at the end was so much fun we took a connector and rode it twice.

Granny Gear

May 20, 2019
sdmcglynn Granny Gear  
Review: This trail is tough, with some brutal uphill climbs, but my god does it reward you. Super fun downhill sections, with big berms and fun floating rollers. Definitely worth it and you'll have earned those downhill turns.


December 4, 2018
Review: After looking at my old review, I needed to take another stab at a review for this trail. Dark Mountain has changed significantly this past year. To the point where it has some of the most amazing flow after the strong hill climbs. So much fun and you feel like you're going down hill FOREVER!


April 23, 2018
Review: flowy sweetness

Similar Trail: Cloudland GA


November 27, 2017
Review: This was my first time riding this trail, while I liked it it doesn't quite flow like many of the others in the area. Literally every root (which was about 10,000) were covered in leaves so it was a bit difficult to navigate. Much of the trail seems unridden so there were some strange areas of growth that made it hard to navigate. Great overlook and challenging climbs to say the least.

Bunny Hop

June 29, 2017
Ron Hobson Bunny Hop  
Review: This trail is great, though it doesn't quite have the flow of warrior creek trail. It's a bit more old school in it's build and can offer some torture on the climbs when racing through it. The new downhill at the end is fantastic and a lot like warrior creek. I enjoyed it a lot more when just riding and not in a race. It reminds me a little of hobby park in Winston Salem. Not my favorite trail in NC, but a very challenging trail with some really fun sections.

Similar Trail: hobby park


June 12, 2017
Review: The new downhill section of the trail is a berm filled roller coaster of excellence!

Granny Gear

April 14, 2017
Rjoyed Granny Gear  
Review: Great trail if roots are your thing until you find #6. We only did the Core trail, #4, and ended with #6. Core and #4 are super rooty but #6 is fun! Fast! Loved it! My son and husband did #6 4x's.


August 26, 2016
Joel DH Doubletrack  
Review: I know lots of people say this trail is awesome, but I had hard time finding the flow. I can pump turns, roots, and dips, but I still struggled to find pumpworthy lines on this trail. I crashed after grazing a tree [got that on my gopro, complete with epic sideways flying through the air endo.] and continued to ride with my arm all bloody and scraped up. Maybe that is the reason I felt messed up with this trail. I'm going back soon, and will see if my mind changes.


July 9, 2016
Review: Slow trail. Lots of climbing. Lots of exposed roots. Was a bit wet the day we road which made roots slick. Got lost at first but once looked at trail map was able to figure out trail system which is guided by numbered optional trails and "C" for main trail. Was able to open up a bit on trail #6 which is mostly downhill.

Dark Mountain Trail MTB Trail 4.36 out of 5 based on 60 ratings. 60 user reviews.
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