Dark Mountain Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.32 out of 5
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Intermediate
6
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,700 ft
↓ 1,400 ft
1,075
elevation (ft)

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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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Gnarly


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

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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.

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Gnarly


August 26, 2016
Joel DH Gnarly  
 
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.

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Gramcounter

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.

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Bunny Hop

March 10, 2016
 
Review: This trail has a little bit of everything. Relatively short, steep climbs and decent, roots, a few rocks and some great flow. I followed the "blue" course, which is evidently the same route they use for the Burn 24 race and it ended up being just short of 7.5 miles with about 1,100 feet of climbing. With all of the connector trails, you have endless options for different routes of different lengths. There were several trees down along the route, which required frequent dismounts. After you ride Dark Mountain, I recommend having a snack by the lake (they recently installed new benches) then riding across the dam and checking out the OVT and Shiner's Gap. Combining both trails makes for a great half-day of riding.

Similar Trail: Right Loop @ Tsali

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Trailblazer


February 13, 2016
arbysauce Trailblazer  
 
Review: Fun, easy trail with nice flow. No long climbs or descents, but a good mix of short climbs and quick descents that allow you to maintain good speed throughout. As of today, 1/12, the trail is dry but covered in leaves with downed trees on multiple sections. Trail maintenance is scheduled this weekend which should help fix these small issues.

My one complaint: every map I have seen of this trail shows it as one continuous 6 mile loop. It's actually 8 sections with another "C" trail that I assume means connector. The signage is a little confusing and caused me to double back a couple times but overall a fun trail. If you want the epic, ride it along with OVT and Warrior Creek, otherwise just hit up Warrior Creek the the best trail in the area.

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Granny Gear

September 18, 2015
jrf8592 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Did this trail over Memorial day weekend and found it to be very tough and technical. It has many switchbacks and was too confusing. After about 3hrs of riding and mostly in circles it was time to be done with this trail. I dont like this trail at all and will prob never do it again. OVT and Warrior much better trails.

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Gramcounter

August 10, 2015
Lee Harris Gramcounter  
 
Review: Older trails, very rooty & rocky. Has some good jumps on the main trail. It probably doesn't get a lot of use with OVT & Warrior Creek right down the road. Full review and video here
http://getsomeadventures.com/is-this-the-new-1-mountain-biking-spot-to-watch/

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Gramcounter

July 28, 2015
 
Review: Fun trail, but it comes with A LOT of climbing at first. Very tight, twisty singletrack with a great downhill/fun section at the end.

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Gramcounter

May 15, 2015
double_ewe Gramcounter  
 
Review: really love these trails. good climbs, bermed downhills feel like a roller coaster. there's one downhill run (#6 i think) that comes through a rock garden into a fast, smooth jump run. will definitely get your heart going!

there are a lot nastier trails out there, but still probably not a great choice for beginners.

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Dark Mountain Trail MTB Trail 4.32 out of 5 based on 54 ratings. 54 user reviews.
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