North Slope

4.00 out of 5
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↑ 3,700 ft
↓ 3,800 ft

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Trail Description
About this trail
This trail is only open from October 15 - April 15. This trail is very worn and is more suitable to hiking, but it is an interesting bike trail nonetheless.

Start from the parking lot and ride across the paved bridge. Continue on the paved road to the right through the campground guard gate. Ride to the end of the campground, staying straight on the paved road. Eventually you will see a sign for the North Slope trail on the left. Follow the orange blazes.

At the beginning, the trail follows the river and is a nice leisurely ride. Next, expect a couple of insanely impossible climbs (if anyone has ever ridden this part of the trail without getting off, you are a liar). Once you reach the top of the mountain you will see the Art Loeb hiking trail to the right. Continue left, following the orange blazes.

From here the trail follows the side of the mountain and begins its slow descent. Along this part of the trail there are cool views of the mountain and a couple of impossible foot bridges. I actually fell off the side of the mountain at one point as my back tire slid out on some roots. The trail is pretty rock and rooty in places, so be careful.

The last part of the trail is a pretty steep descent and ends up in one of the campsites. Follow the pavement back to your car. Have fun and be careful on the slick roots and bridges.
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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 (7)


March 15, 2016
Review: Wild, wooly and full of GNAR. Lots of climbing and tons of elevation gain. If you can ride can ride anywhere.

Granny Gear

November 11, 2013
TrevorJ Granny Gear  
Review: Went left uphill from the campground. There was a ton of leaves so it was very slippery with a lot of roots. The climb pretty much sucks when its wet. The downhill at the end is definitely worth it. Fast with alot of unexpected log stairs that you can get alot of air on. Recommend riding with sycamore cove

Similar Trail: Sycamore Cove


December 12, 2011
jaybird57 Doubletrack  
Review: Nice trail! As others have previously stated the trail can be quite slick due to the roots & wet leaves, however I don't feel this detracts from the trail but adds to its character. My son who is 9 was able to ride the entire loop w/ no problems save for an ocassional tire slip/slid on a wet root or rock. We rode the trail in the CW direction & really enjoyed the ride along the ridge & the downhill section. This is a great trail to ride whenever one is limited for time or as a quick warm-up before crossing the street to tackle some of the longer Pisgah trails.

* Review edited 12/13/2011

Granny Gear

October 31, 2008
dawgys Granny Gear  
Review: We just rode this the other had rained the day prior and lots of leaves on the was slicker than SNOT!! Don't go if the conditions are the same as above..Tons of roots and smaller rocks, mostley those sideways roots across the trail, that if you not paying attention to your front tire, you'll be picking snails out of your teeth for the rest of the day. Could be a faster/more enjoyable trail when its dry..we still had a blast on the downhill, fun ledge jumps(at least the ones we could see that weren't camouflaged with fallen leaves)..The uphill is doable if your a pro-rider..

Bunny Hop

July 25, 2008
jhckelman Bunny Hop  
Review: One of my favorite short Pisgah rides! I always ride this, combined with Sycamore Cove across the street, when visiting in winter. Despite the original description, the climb is not impossible, though it is challenging with a number of log steps and plenty of leaves that stay moist and slick. Once up top, it's fast cruising with a few technical sections and a couple of challenging bridges. The descent off the trail is extremely fun if very short, with good flow. Keep an eye out for hikers!

Similar Trail: Definitely combine with Sycamore Cove. Also a good night ride.


September 13, 2005
Review: Really fun trail - found inside of the Davidson River Campground. Uphill is 1.8 miles straight up, then downhill is around 3 miles and is tons of fun. Ridge riding, tree dodging, steep dropoffs, etc. The steps are dangerous though, my friend's jersey got caught on a branch and left him hanging from it! Lots of hikers - so keep an eye out for them and be audible to let them know your coming. Too bad it's seasonal. You can ride it off-season, but don't whine about getting a ticket if your caught.

Similar Trail: Thirft Cove baby!

January 1, 1970
Review: This is a great fall and spring ride since it's seasonal. It's a must ride if you're staying at the Davidson River CG in the off-season. Another thing that can make the trail more interesting is the slippery leaves that pile up on the trial during fall. After it rains, these suckers can be pretty slimy. For more info on this trial, including a map and photos, visit my site at and choose Best Rides, then North Slope.

Similar Trail: Sycamore Cove which starts across the street from the campground

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