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Level: Advanced
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +284/ -282 ft
Total: 36 riders

Mountain Biking Lees-McRae College

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#107 of 548 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#2,018 in the world

Home of the 2007 & 2008 NCCA National Mountain Bike Championships!
The Lees-McRae College mountain bike course is made up of a 5 mile loop filled with a variety of exciting challenges. It is 50% single track (half of that is passable), with two-lane forestry roads, a gravel road, and a bit of pavement for good measure.
There is plenty of technical climbing and descending to challenge. Some of the trail is hard pack, and other parts will be soft and loamy, but most all of it has its rocks and roots to overcome. There are sections of rock garden, off-camber, slippery rocks, switch-backs, power-climbs, taxing descents, all complimented with berms, bridges, and drops. Once you make the last descent there is a mile-long gravel road climb to the finish.
The campus also offers a 1-mile Short Track and a Dual Slalom Course with jumps, rollers, drops, tabletops, and berms.

First added by EZ-E on Oct 24, 2007. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Campus Address: 191 Main Street West; Banner Elk, NC 28604 Lees-McRae is best reached from Boone, North Carolina, by highways N.C. 105 to route 184 which leads to Banner Elk, a distance of 17 miles. The College is reached from Johnson City, Tennessee, 65 miles to the west, by highways U.S. 19E to Elk Park and route 194 to Banner Elk.

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