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Level: Beginner
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +370/ -314 ft
Total: 95 riders

Mountain Biking Lake James State Park

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#56 of 549 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#1,119 in the world

The Lake James State Park trail network consists of roughly 15 miles of flowy beginner / intermediate singletrack trail. The Tindo Loops offer about 3.5 miles of smooth beginner trails with little elevation change. The intermediate Wimba loops provide more of a challenge with 10.4 miles of trail, plenty of rollers, and a bit more climbing.

The network is well-marked with signage throughout. There's not much in the way of technical riding here, but the trails are fast, flowy, and feature plenty of rollers. Theres more than enough elevation change on the intermediate Wimba Loops to get your heart pumping. Just watch your speed on some of those turns - the trail gets tight in places, and there aren't many berms to guide you through the tight corners. You can cruise right off the trail if you're not mindful.

The trails do close for bad weather. You can check the trail status on the Lake James State Park Website:

First added by Gronckle on Jun 9, 2014. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • 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
Traveling east on I-40: From I-40, take the Nebo/Lake James exit (exit 90) and head north. After a half mile, turn right onto Harmony Grove Road, and follow it for 2 miles to a stoplight. Proceed straight across the intersection and past Nebo Elementary School to a stop sign. Turn right onto NC 126, and follow the signs to the park entrance 4.8 miles on the right.

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Rider questions

Q: How long of a ride is it? Time-wise?
A: About 2 hours.

Q: is there a place to rent bikes?
A: No, but you can rent from Overmountain Cycles in Morganton, less than 30 minutes away.