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Level: Intermediate
Length: 30 mi (48.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +955/806 ft
Total: 289 riders
 

Mountain Biking Itusi @ Lake Norman State Park

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#19 of 534 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#176 in the world

Awesome new trail. Textbook version of what IMBA teaches. As far as construction, this has to be the most amazing trail you can find: bridges, crib walls, bench cuts, etc.

As far as riding, it's not technical excpet for the occasional root cluster to bunny hop. There are some short climbs that seem to flow with the terrain that give you a short break. The downhill sections are wide and flow with the shape of the land. There are plenty of whoops to keep it exciting. This trail can be a challenge if you want to ride really fast; really makes you work on technique in corners, switchbacks. Just watch out for the runners (esp. the ones with headphones that can't hear you coming up from behind).

First added by leadbutt on Sep 27, 2004. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
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  • 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
Take 77 to exit 42. Take 21 into Troutman. Follow Brown "Lake Norman State Park" signs to parking lot.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Troutman, North Carolina

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Beginner | 1.9 mi
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Intermediate | 4.7 mi
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Intermediate | 9 mi

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  • Emuniz8913
    Reviewing Monbo Loop:
    ****

    This trail is a lot of fun. Definitely not a good idea for beginners as the first part is mostly up hill. I was so tired at the end that I really couldn't enjoy the down hill because I underestimated it. Lots of fun if you can handle it.

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  • Crisco
    Reviewing Laurel Loop:
    *****

    Wasn't a great day for me but the trails were in great shape and a lot of fun. Definitely coming back when I feel better and can put forth better effort! Som pretty decent climbing but rewarded with plenty of decents too!

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  • brooksb5
    *****

    Quick, flowing, with a good trail variety. Itusi is kind of the beginner.

    Laurel is probably the most difficult and the longest at 9mi, with the most elevation.
    Monbo (personal fav) is 6, Wildlife is 6 and fun

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  • macdady
    ****

    My new favorite place to ride! I have ridden every trail and there all good, my favorites are Laurel, Wildlife, Fox and Monbo! Fun, Fun, Fun, Flow,Flow,Flow! Laurel and Monbo will get your heart beating on the hill climbs and some good speed on the down hills, plus I get to use my dropper post, Yay! Beautiful facility and grounds also, Trails are very well marked and easy to follow, I think the odd/even year trail direction is brilliant and more trails should adapt to that. Put this place on your must ride list! Its not super technical or difficult to ride, beginner to expert would enjoy!

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  • gford
    *****

    Rode this trail for the first time and was really impressed with the flow. I think this has just became my favorite. I rode all of Laurel loop along with wildlife ew

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  • mwh29
    *****

    Only had time to ride 2 of the loops, but they were very enjoyable. Trails are well maintained and clean, with good variety to suit beginners and pro's alike. Highly recommend it!

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  • Joel DH
    Reviewing Laurel Loop:
    ****

    This is a great intermediate trail. It is very fun and flowy, with a high enough level of difficulty to require braking in some corners.

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  • gimmefuel
    Reviewing Norwood Loop:
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    Nice section of Singletrack off of Hawk Loop. Nice and flowy with quite a few roots thrown in. Overall this loop comes off a lot like Hawk Loop.

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  • gimmefuel
    Reviewing Laurel Loop:
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    Laurel is a very fun trail and also the "most difficult " of all the Itusi System trails. Wildlife, Fox, and Fallstown are all accessible from Laurel Loop. Laurel is set up to where you can do the 4.5 mile run or the whole 9 mile loop. If you are just beginning mountain biking, the whole 9 miles of Laurel will wear you OUT, due to the level of climbing on the trail. It is great feeling of accomplishment however when you "conquer" it and there are some great sitings of deer and beautiful views of Lake Norman. Ride and have fun! (Bring your leg muscles.)

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  • Jason Thomas
    Reviewing Monbo Loop:
    *****

    Great trial for the newer single track rider. I found it to be a bit easy. However, my wife, who is new to MTB loved it. It's around 7 miles, so the distance could be a challenge for the absolute beginner. Rolling hills, minimal roots/rocks/sand.

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  • gimmefuel
    Reviewing Monbo Loop:
    *****

    This trail is AWESOME!! Rode it today and then turned around and rode it again!! Ended up being 12 miles but it was fun as hell. I could have done it a third time! Fun trail, awesome speed and some great drops and hills. The scenery and foliage was just spectacular too. Lovely lovely trail. Just go ride it. :)

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  • gimmefuel
    Reviewing Hawk Loop:
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    Rode Hawks Loop today for the first time. It was sandy/dusty. I had a blast! It's not really a "technical " trail, it's more of a flowy, fast Singletrack. You can definitely get a good bit of speed going on a lot of this trail in quite a few areas. But it's a great little trail and I really enjoyed it!

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  • Joel DH
    Reviewing Monbo Loop:
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    This trail is my least favorite in Lake Norman. It is inferior to all of the other loops in the Itusi network, and it is not very technically difficult. I'd rate it beginner, though you can generate enough speed in some sections to make it more interesting.

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  • Joel DH
    ****

    This is one of my favorite trail networks in NC. The trails are superbly maintained and constructed, with fun dips to keep things interesting. Pump-worthy lines are everywhere. The only thing this trail misses is some new-school flow features, like some jumps or berms. However, now that I think about it, the lack of these features is one of the things I like about this trail. Just singletrack, winding through the woods, without seeing the hand of man except for the occassional sign. This trail, especially Hawk and Luarel loops, are awsome. come once, and you will come again.

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  • scubasteven74
    Reviewing Monbo Loop:
    *****

    Trail is fast and smooth these days. Make sure you are riding clockwise for 2016, be nice to the hikers and let it rip!

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  • Daniel Lee Dault Jr.
    Reviewing Hawk Loop:
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    This would be a fun trail on an odd year when it would be mostly down hill but it being a even year was mostly uphill and i didnt find it to be as fun it has two loops the hicks loop and the norwood creek loop that branch off from it one is one mile the other is a little longer

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