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Level: Intermediate
Length: 3.9 mi (6.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +106/ -118 ft
Total: 210 riders

Mountain Biking Overmountain Victory Trail

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#34 of 548 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#678 in the world

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.

First added by EZ-E on Sep 28, 2006. Last updated Jan 9, 2024. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: yes
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: yes
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take N.C. 268 West from Wilkesboro. Three miles past U.S. 421, turn right on Reservoir Road. Follow Reservoir Road 0.4 mile and turn left at the Visitor Center sign. Park in the lot near the Visitor Center. The trailhead is on your left as you enter the Visitor Center parking lot. The trail can also be accessed from Bandit's Roost Campground, which is the turn-around point for the out and back trail several miles west off N.C. 268.

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Rider questions

Q: How long is the trail?
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.