Overmountain Victory Trail

4.68 out of 5
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↑ 1,000 ft
↓ 1,000 ft

Out & Back
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Trail Description
About this trail
This is of the Kerr Scott Reservoir trail complex, which includes Dark Mountain #752 and Fish Dam Creek trails. This trail is part of the federally-designated Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. It follows the general route that American patriots from the area trod to confront the British Army during the Battle of Kings Mountain in October 1780.

Overmountain Victory Trail is a flowing ribbon of singletrack which runs parallel to N.C. 268 just to the South, and Kerr Reservoir to the North. It offers great views of the lake throughout its entire 7.6-mile (one-way) length.

The trail consists of short climbs followed by quick downhills - plenty of twists and turns. Bridge crossings, jumps, berms, and a creek crossing - this trail has it all. The best out-and-back I've ever ridden!

Approximate ascent one-way is about 525ft. So, the full out-and-back will give you about 1050ft of total climb.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


Q: How long is the trail? -Guest

A: The main section of OVT itself is 6 miles between the visitors' center and Bandit's Roost, but add in the 2.5 mile Shiner's Run and the 4.5 mile Horton's Holler loops (previously known as Upper & Lower Berry Mountain loops), it's a total of 13 miles one way.

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Reviews (38)


January 7, 2018
Review: OVT is great. Great bathrooms at visitor center. Park and start there. Out and back. I believe this is rated as a beginner trail. I took my wife the first time I went and she about killed me. It was a cardio challenge for her and me. I have seen people on hybrids that may see that beginner rating and think its green-way like. I bet they turn around pretty quickly but I suppose it could be done. 2 spur trails exist off this trail which can really add mileage. (Horton's Hollar & Shiner's Run) None of these trails have anything very technical. This trail taught me that beginner is all relative. For Wilkesboro, this is the easiest trail. This would be an intermediate trail if located in Greensboro area.

Granny Gear

March 5, 2017
adelem Granny Gear  
Review: Beautiful trail along the lake. Weaves back and forth with hills. Trail is narrow with some steep cliffs on the side. Not much room to pass other bikers. I am fairly new at this and had to walk a few of the steeper hills. The biggest challenge for me was you return same trail you enter. I learned quickly that I am left handed and a challenge going back out with the steep cliffs on my left vs right. Always learning something new with mountain biking!


July 6, 2016
masonjar Gramcounter  
Review: Fun fast flowy


May 27, 2016
Review: This trail had Really fun and exciting down hills but the uphills were steep and long not short like the description said they were i didnt ride the shiners loop but out of the three different parts of the trail (which were separated by road crossings i felt the last part had the best down hills with lots of switchbacks and berms and a short down hill ride down the road leads to a lake beach so pack a swimsuit

Granny Gear

April 24, 2016
c0nspire Granny Gear  
Review: Arrived late and was only able to ride up Shiners Loop and back but had an absolute blast! Not very technical but I would say intermediate is a fair description; still not a beginners trail IMO.


April 9, 2016
Review: COMBO with WC and KS


July 24, 2015
ckbutcher Gramcounter  
Review: Love this trail. My wife and I rode this and we both enjoyed it. The trail is in great shape, has some good climbs and downhill sections.....great flow. I added upper and lower berry as well as shiners loop for a great ride. Thanks to those who take such great care of this trail and we will be back. Btw...great to camp at Bandits Roost and bike right from the campground.


March 7, 2015
Rob Ames Trailblazer  
Review: I am new to mountain biking and to checking whether trails are open or not... So sadly, I drove an hour to find that the trails are closed due to being wet. Thankfully, dark mountain, only a few miles away, is open. According to the local ranger, "water drains better on that mountain."


February 25, 2015
mtberik Gnarly  
Review: Not that fun. If your going to visit the area go to Warrior Creek.

Similar Trail: Dark Mountain


January 4, 2015
hinero Gramcounter  
Review: Love this trail!!! This is a must do if you are anywhere near the area. Not technical but super fast and flows better than any trail I have ridden. Also good for newbies. Brought my 11 yo out who is just getting in to riding and he had a blast.

Overmountain Victory Trail MTB Trail 4.68 out of 5 based on 38 ratings. 38 user reviews.
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