Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Elevation: +817/422 ft
Total: 242 riders
Mountain Biking Dark Mountain Trail
#29 of 531 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#493 in the world
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.
Before you go
- No Drinking water
- No E-bikes permitted
- No Fat biking allowed in winter
- No Fee required
- No Lift service
- No Night riding allowed
- No Pump track
- No Restrooms
To get to W. Kerr Scott Dam from Winston-Salem and points east, follow US421 north to Exit 286B (SR268). Turn left at the traffic light at the bottom of the exit ramp. Proceed approximately 3.0 miles. Turn right onto Reservoir Road; look for a large brown "W. Kerr Scott" directional sign. Drive across W. Kerr Scott Dam. Park in the lot down the hill to the left.
The trails are around W. Kerr Scott Reservoir. Make sure to park outside the gate, if you plan to be riding after hours (gate hours are posted at the Dam).
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