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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +553/473 ft
Total: 87 riders

Mountain Biking Moore's Springs Trails

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#12 of 534 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#120 in the world

MST is made of 3 linked loops. The 'Original Loop' is the easiest, 'Major Tom to Ground Control' the most climbing and 'Land of the Lost' the most technical.

First added by MST on Jan 20, 2012. Last updated May 11, 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
From Hwy 52 (King Area)-Moore/RJR exit (122). Left from the ramp, through several stoplights. Left on Hwy66. Right onto Moore's Springs Rd. Pass the entrance to Camp Sertoma and Dan George Road. Trail Parking is on right just before bridge (look for the orange cone).

From Hwy 65 (Walnut Cove) - At intersection of Hwy 65 with Hwy 311 & 8/89 turn Right and through Walnut Cove. At second light (Bojangles & Hardees!) continue North and East on Hwy 8/89 to Danbury. Pass through Danbury, continue to Hospital and turn Left on HRSP Road. Follow HRSP Rd. to intersection with Moore's Springs Rd. (Just before the park gate). Turn Right onto MS Rd. and then a few miles until the bridge. Turn Left into trail parking immediately after the bridge. Park by the farmhouse and find trailhead to the right.

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Rider questions

Q: On single track website I cannot find gpx. files on trails, including this one. Do you still provide? If so where?

Q: Is there a gpx. file of the trail I can download ? Can't seem to find one.Jim

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  • sdmcglynn

    I've been here a few times, and always enjoyed the trails. This past weekend I just rode the North Side trails for the first time and absolutely loved them. Very smooth and flowy, and very peaceful. I felt alone in the forest at times.

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  • Peddlin and Smilin

    This trail is so fun! I love the new trails across the street. Portions of them remind me of Ridgeline in Dupont. Great job trail builders!

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  • Cole_Walker

    This is my favorite place to ride. It is a 45 minute drive from my house, and offers terrain that makes you feel like you are in the actual mountains. Some beautiful views, and some of the areas of the trail just have a magical feeling about them. If you need to get away from the city and get a reset, this is a great place to do it. Some great climbs, amazing sections of singletrack, nice rock gardens, and some great descents. Do not miss riding "The Rattler" in a downhill direction, and "Major Tom" in a downhill direction. I absolutely love "Land of the Lost", beautiful area. It has some switchback climbs that are a nice challenge.

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  • PartsPProf

    MST is a system of 5 connected trails and is part of Hanging Rock State Park. The trailhead is located at the barn for parking. There are no restrooms or other facilities, so bring what you need. The shortest loop is the 3-mile Original Loop, but you can connect to 2 other trails from it: Land of the Lost is a 1.7 mile trail filled with some technical features and Major Tom offers strenuous climbs/descents with some rocky sections. Both offshoots have creek crossings. These trails offer fun in both directions--try them all. The trails were built well, so they dry quickly after rain. The Rattler trail isn't yet on the printed maps, but it's a challenging, technical downhill -- very short, but very fun. You access Rattler from the top of Major Tom near the ridge and it ends in the trailhead parking lot. Currently, there are no signs for it, so look for the less-traveled trail off of the southeast side of Major Tom near the top. Finally, the North Side trail is located on the other side of the road, or you can get to it by leaving the trailhead parking lot and following the trail down and through the creek. As of Jan 2018, it's closed for maintenance, which is good because some of its wooden bridges were pretty sketchy. Hopefully they'll add better signage, too, because that's the easiest trail to get lost on. Overall, MST is a beautiful area with breath-taking views at the top of the ridge. Trails have great flow sections, good climbs, and a few little rollers and rock gardens. This is my favorite place for a weekend drive, and the roads leading there are also really scenic. It's also never that crowded unless there's a demo. Highly recommended.

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  • the1jesster

    Love my backyard trails! There is much more then 6 miles of trails on this system if you can catch a local we are always more then happy to point them out for you

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  • timpowellva

    Sweet trail... Wish it was longer but it still had to be some of the best singletrack east of the mountains. Rode this during the holiday break and had a blast. Wish I had trail like this in VA Beach area!!

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  • Jennifer Tharpe

    The trails are hard to find b/c there is no signage. Look for old, abandoned barn just before a bridge and that's where parking for the trailhead is. Only had time for the Original Loop, but it was a blast!

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  • eddyz9   ✓ supporter

    Love the natural setting and how natural the trails are. A special perk is you can fill your pack/bottles with cold mountain spring water from a pipe next to the trail early on in the ride. The view of Hanging Rock and Wolf Rock (I think) from "Major Tom" is always lovely. Here's a link to the updated trail map: http://ncparks.gov/sites/default/files/ncparks/maps-and-brochures/hanging-rock-bike-trails.pdf

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  • Peddlin and Smilin

    This was my first time riding this trail. Beautiful car drive to get there, which gets you in the mood for riding in the hills. When I got there, I met a local rider named Scott. This was his home trail and he was very helpful in giving guidance on riding the trail, he recommended I ride it counterclockwise, which spreads out the climbing throughout the ride versus all at the start.
    Trail was very well made. Rock gardens, great berms, some tight switchbacks, and some great downhills. My favorite part was cresting the mountain and having the beautiful view of Hanging Rock. This made the climbing worth it. I would definitely recommend this trail for intermediate to advanced riders. Fun time!! I rode two laps, and the second lap was of course faster than the first.

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  • Bob Norris

    Very nice trail system, not for beginners. Some really technical spots awesome downhills and climbs

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  • marcushe@gmail.com

    Thanks so much for that detail - I am trying to figure out if the trails are "closed", but how can you really close the woods. Can it still be ridden without ranger consequences? Would be great to know.

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  • man.cave

    Great trail, but I am pretty sure NCSU had it closed Dec 31, 2013 If I am wrong please say so. I would love to go back.

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  • kevlars7d

    Great trail. Someone earlier described it as a combo of Dark Mountain and Warrior Creek, which feels pretty accurate. Good climbs, nice bermed turns in some places and a few rideable rock gardens thrown in. Can't wait to see this system grow and expand.

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  • *****

    Definaty not a first timers ride. Although I did it as a first timer. Got caught in the rain. It was tough heart pounding climb. Killed my K~2. No brakes or shocks on the way down. I enjoyed it but it was not without pain. Great climbs fast switched backs. Rock bridges. The trails are narrow. And had some failing wood shingle covered bridges. All of that said after I recovered I had fun. Try it.

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  • haneriali@gmail.com

    Well built and maintained; good combination of climbing and flow; not too technical. Fun rock garden and stream crossings

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  • capnkirk

    Got to ride here for the first time yesterday. Santacruz demo team was there with all their newest bikes. Awesome group of people and the people from Mock Orange Bikes also. Trails are just about perfect, to me anyway. Hand built rock gardens and bridges. Lots of back breaking work has been done out here to make these trails as natural as can be. Lots of climbs but with some flat areas mixed in for a break up. Some very technical rocky areas on the downs for a white knuckle feeling on some areas then just nice flowing downs with some jumps on the way for a bonus. didnt get the chance to ride the new stuff by the campground but I will for sure be back again to ride the whole system over again. six stars out of five from me

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  • man.cave

    Great little trail. Folks have spent time on it. Good rating

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  • Daniel_Sheets   ✓ supporter

    Two times riding these trails,they deserve a good review,Very well built berms and good flow with just enough rock gardens not to frighten the average rider.Also some good stuff cross the creek on the north side,about 8 miles now.Well worth the trip from Danville.

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  • aabiking

    New trails are open and have had a six hour race run on them. They should be packed in well and ready for fun times.

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