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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +367/ -343 ft
Total: 62 riders

Mountain Biking Emerald Outback

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#129 of 548 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#2,396 in the world

A great system of trails that puts you on top of the world as you cruise around the very top of Beech Mountain, NC. Originally a system of old hiking trails that were simply open to bikes, the town of Beech Mountain invested significant resources to revamp this trail network to create a unique mountain biking experience - the highest mtb trail system east of the Rockies. The new and improved trail system re-opened on June 6th, 2015. if you haven't visited the trails in a few years, it's certainly worth a return trip.

The lift-accessible downhill trails at the adjacent Beech Mtn Ski Resort are definitely worth checking out as well. Emerald Outback trails are free, but a fee is required for the ski lift trails.

This loop takes you through the best sections of the trail system. Covering Oz Forest Run, Jackalope's Trail, Chamberlain's Loop, Northview, and the Southern Ridge Trail. Jackalope's Trail Southern Ridge are rated difficult, with some steep climbs and descents, sharp turns, and gnarled rooty sections. The rest of the trails are intermediate. Incredible views await - specifically on the Southern Ridge Trail!

First added by Gronckle on Jul 26, 2010. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Park at the Chamber of Commerce, then take ski loft road up around the corner, going around the gate and continuing up OZ road across the ski slopes.Take a right on Pinnacle Ridge Road, go about 1/4 mile and you will see the trailhead kiosk and parking area on your left.
You can also drive to the actual OZ run Trailhead by taking Beach Mountain Parkway to Pinnacle Ridge Road. Its a twisting route, but the route is clearly marked - Just follow the "Emerald Outback Access" signs to the trailhead

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