Hanging Dog

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.81 out of 5
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Intermediate
8
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,400 ft
↓ 2,300 ft
1,588
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Picture groomed singletrack meandering through established forest and surrounded by water. Now picture what it would look like if the forestry service allowed logging companies to drive their trucks and bulldozers over every square inch of it, because that is what happened.

The closest trail system to Murphy, NC, Hanging Dog was never a place you went solely to ride sweet singletrack. It was a place you went to get some serious exercise. Although it only boasts 10 miles of trails, you're liable to burn the same amount of calories as you would on 20 miles of Tsali or Tanasi. Much of the trail system is simply laid out on existing logging and fire roads with singletrack only where it was needed to make a connection. That's not to say it wasn't enjoyable. It was, in it's own sadistic way, a beautiful ride. It was just a beautiful ride your legs and lungs paid for.

Closed for more than a year, Hanging Dog trail system was reported "REOPENED" by the forestry service in around June of 2013. It quickly became apparent that their idea of an open MTB trail and anyone that rode MTB's idea of an open trail were polar opposites. Hundreds of felled trees deemed too small by the lumber companies were left laying across the new dozer roads. 5 foot tall grasses covered the "trail" leaving the whole network impassable. Thanks only to the efforts of the few local regulars, the system has once again become a network you can ride.

"So", you may be asking yourself, "What is Hanging Dog now?" Well, it's a bit less pretty and it's a lot less singletrack-y, but thanks to the efforts of the local riders, it's as much of a workout as it has ever been.

Updated 2/12/14.
added by schwimGnarly
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

April 13, 2016
tmattinson Granny Gear  
 
Review: Rode the trail April 3, 2016. Totally dry and open. Lots of leaves covering the trail and making it a bit hard to see. Some brutal climbs. Good trail overall and not heavily used. I was the only rider for the hour I was on it.

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Granny Gear

March 8, 2016
TSneed Granny Gear  
 
Review: Hanging Dog Trails are open and clear thanks to several local riders. Some climbing with decent downhills. Excellent views of Hiawassee Lake .

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March 5, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: Hanging Dog Trails are open . They have been overgrown for a couple of years due to a tornado but the locals have pitched in and cleared the trails. The trails have steep climbs and good downhills. Only 9 miles but a great workout.

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Gramcounter

November 1, 2012
 
Review: This trail has a lot of potential. There is plenty if parking and bathrooms. I was 1 mile in and the remainder of the trail was closed due to logging. I plan to return. I rode in November and there were a lot of leaves covering the trail. There are blue markers to keep you on the trail.

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Gnarly


January 15, 2012
schwim Gnarly  
 
Review: A fantastic circuit of just under 10 miles if you ride it all, Hanging Dog offers challenging climbs and some exciting descents. The circuit is almost completely covered by a bed of pine needles and leaves, which make this circuit a great option for riding during wet weather as the trail is protected from rutting and there's little to no standing water.

Similar Trail: Brush Creek

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Gnarly


September 12, 2011
RJen Gnarly  
 
Review: This is a good ride if you're not expecting a flowing "groomed" trail and don't mind some tree litter. I found a campground host on site that had trail maps, but you could possibly get one at the USFS office in Murfey.

* Review edited 9/12/2011

Similar Trail: Chilhowee, Brush Creek

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Granny Gear

August 22, 2011
lslick23 Granny Gear  
 
Review: This was a good trail that someone is maintaining that hopefully more people will ride to get it broken in more. Their are signs with where to park and a bike on it and I had no problem printing a trail map from online. I will hit this again one day.

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World Champ


August 14, 2011
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: A map out here would have been very helpful. There was no big sign posted at the trailhead, and no small maps for use while out on the trail. The first couple of trails before you reach the gravel road on the ridge are in great shape and are a blast to ride, but the trails on the other side just don't get enough attention and traffic. There were several downed trees, tons of downed sticks, and some of the trails just aren't built with mountain bikes in mind.... we did a lot of hike-a-bike. I'm not going to be back.

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Granny Gear

August 9, 2011
MrsPizza Granny Gear  
 
Review: Did this trail for the first time after a heavy rain so there were some branches on the trails but no major obstacles. Did find the trails a little dark,at times, but after all, it is located in a forest. Locals are working on maintenence and signage and had no need for gps. We followed the map from the local bike shop. Took the old boat launch gravel road back.

* Review edited 8/9/2011

Similar Trail: Tsali

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Granny Gear

October 24, 2010
 
Review: Most trails suffer from over use and high traffice, this trail suffers from not enough traffic. The trails are excellent, but it needs more traffice from mountain bikers to pack them down to hard fast rolling greatness, currently they are pine needle which is like riding on a sponge. I highly recommend anyone near this area paying their dues and riding this whenever possible to make it a great one, I guess Tsali gets all the love, but when we erode that to death, I think people will start to look here for a good time. and PS... it appears that most of the down trees were cleared, I dont remember but a couple for the 10 miles we rode.

* Review edited 10/24/2010

Similar Trail: tsali, jackrabbit, raccoon mtn

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Hanging Dog MTB Trail 3.81 out of 5 based on 16 ratings. 16 user reviews.
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