Lbl North/south Trail

4.17 out of 5
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↑ 2,900 ft
↓ 2,500 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
The northern portion of the North/South Trail in Land Between the Lakes (LBL) is a 31-mile section that is open to mountain biking and connects the North Welcome Station with the Golden Pond Visitors Center. The point-to-point trail traverses ridge tops, bottomlands, and the shores of Kentucky Lake. Visitors can use this trail in conjunction with LBL's legal roads to make a series of shorter loops if desired. The trail also connects to the Canal Loop Trail which can make your ride even longer.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (6)


October 12, 2018
dana92488 Gramcounter  
Review: Good trail with short but challenging climbs/descents. Nice long trail that intersects with several double track back roads.

Similar Trail: Canal Loop

Bunny Hop

May 25, 2018
Review: We love this trail. Its convenient to camp at hillman ferry and jump on the trail. Lots of climbing. Beautiful views of the lake. We hit this about 6 times a year.


July 24, 2017
Review: We started at the Golden Pond Visitor center and rode approximately 32 miles to the North Welcome Station. We then followed the East side of the Canal Loop to Woodlands Trace bridge. We exited the trail onto the Trace, crossed the canal bridge and rode to our hotel in Grand Rivers (only 1.3mi of road from trail to hotel) for a total of 41 mi. This resulted in a moving time of 4:30 and total of 5:42 with photo stops. The trail was well marked and easy to follow. There was one detour which used a mile or two of gravel road, but it was well marked too. I would not consider the trail difficult if only ridden a short distance. The length is what makes it difficult. The avg time listed on says 2 hours. That seems a bit low. 3.5~6hrs for the North/South Trail by itself would be more the AVERAGE range in my opinion. Overall, the trail was great if you like long distance remote trail. It was gravely terrain with some roots. A few climbs were steep, long, and rough, but most were good. We never had to walk our bikes. The hills only felt tough because of the long overall distance of the trail. There are many bridges that are well built. Maintenance of the whole trail was superb. No overgrowth and only a couple of trees across the trail. More bicycle traffic to push the loose rocks off would make this trail awesome.

Similar Trail: Pinhoti Trail: Snake Creek Gap To Dug Gap


June 4, 2015
Review: best bike shop on earth.....


May 29, 2012
kevprides Gnarly  
Review: Started at the north welcome station and only rode about 6 miles to the Hillman Ferry campground road before turning back. It was pretty well maintained and marked. I was feeling my age on some of the climbs being spoilt to Florida mt. biking and not riding here for over 10 years. Over all still a nice trail to ride but would suggest hitting the Canal Loop trail the first day to get you warmed up for this one. Maybe next time I can make it a little futher.

Similar Trail: Canal Loop

Granny Gear

November 4, 2010
3garretts Granny Gear  
Review: a little washed out this time of year. I rode north from Golden Pond visitor center. There are still a few downed trees still on the trail also.

Similar Trail: Canal Loop is a better trail and better scenery too.

Lbl North/south Trail MTB Trail 4.17 out of 5 based on 6 ratings. 6 user reviews.
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