George Poston Park

3.36 out of 5
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↑ 900 ft
↓ 900 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
Just a short drive west of Charlotte - the Poston trail is a volunteer effort of the Piedmont Area Singletrack Alliance(PASA) Club. What's in a name you ask - well, while the trail is short this is some great "singletrack," so PASA hit the mark! Nestled into the ravined watersheds of the western feeder to the Catawba River at the foot of 1250ft Spencer Mountain, Poston trail wisely uses opposing ridgelines to create a challenging loop within a very small footprint. You are always either ascending or descending, there is not very much flat on which to get bored!

The trail is one way counter-clockwise. It appears to drain and dry very well, there are a lot of benched hillside climbs. The descents are short and quick, some twisty. Be sure to maintain speed because there is usually an immediate climb after! There are several small jumps and drops, several bridges (a couple are 20ft long over an impressive, scenic creek).

Trail surface is a well-packed mineral-clay dirt with very little rolling resistance.

This trail would be a good challenge for a beginner who has a few months of singletrack experience; intermediate-advanced riders will find the constant terrain change fun, and can easily do multiple laps to get their distance in. While there are no wet or muddy spots on a normal day, please respect the trail--do not ride for at least 24 hours after rain.

Park gates open at 6am and close at 11pm.
added by EZ-ESingletrack
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: can you hike these trails -Guest

A: Yes, these trails are for bicycle and foot traffic.

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November 28, 2016
Review: very twisty, rocky, and rooty. not so much for beginner riders. the first couple loops all kind of seemed the same and never ending to me. the Soccer loop was a good amount of fun and the Spencer mountain loop was excellent. watch for a couple jumps and gaps!


January 12, 2016
Bwhana Trailblazer  
Review: It was still very wet when I rode the trails, which posed additional challenge on the many roots on up/downhill sections. Definitely not a beginner or kids trail system. Full suspension is not a requirement, but definitely recommended for the rougher sections.

Similar Trail: Lake Hickory Park

Granny Gear

January 11, 2016
Review: Just yesterday I came to the park for the first time to walk the Lake Loop and thought it looked like a very fun little trail. Today I came alone to ride/explore and decided to do all of the trails except for the Spencer Mountain Loop (daylight issues). The trails were very fun!! As a beginner/intermediate level rider, I was amazed at some of the optional obstacles scattered throughout the trail system. I haven't had lots of different trips to ride but I have risen enough to do basic maneuvers and I had a great time with the difficulty for me being around 7.5/10. I'll definitely be back here to finish the last trail and i do believe this is more fun for my riding level than say the USNWWC trail systems. Nonetheless, great MTB trails! :)


December 15, 2015
Review: Fun park with about 10 miles of singletrack. A little confusing to navigate, but all the trails are named and the loops stack on top of each other.

Similar Trail: Lake James State Park

Bunny Hop

October 6, 2015
kenbrown72 Bunny Hop  
Review: Lots of leaf coverage due to recent weather. Took the lake route, very scenic. There are some decent climbs if you are a beginner. Nice downhills.


September 20, 2014
EZ-E Singletrack  
Review: Poston is back!!! After some required re-routes due to the expansion of a lake at the park which impeded on the original routes, there has been amazing work by volunteers to keep this trail alive, relevant, and better than ever!
Combination of tight technical climbs and quick descents (a couple will put you into full 'pucker mode'!) Beautiful runs along natural creeks with crossings by bridge and right through the shallow spots. Some jumps, drops, and rock gardens are found throughout the trail and the Spencer Mountain loop has some serious climbing and downhill sections. The trail drains and dries very well - can usually ride about 24hrs after even serious rainfall - in fact, this is my 'go-to' trail when the USNWC drags their feet on opening their trails.
The new trailhead is one of the best in the area with paved lot, picnic shelters, trail map posted (with a QR code that will let you download to your mobile device).
There is a kids trail which starts from the same trailhead lot and a fishing pond with a pier a short walk from the trailhead which the trail also circles.
The park also offers shelters, big playground, horseshoe pits, restroom facilities with running water and sometimes even vendors serving food and ice cream. Very convenient to I-85, good option if you are traveling through and want to hit a spot that represents NC well without getting lost in the sticks! Check out "Hillbillies" steakhouse and restaurant that is at the I-85 exit (see photos) for a post-ride meal...great spot!

Similar Trail: Rocky River Trail

Granny Gear

August 27, 2014
firehand Granny Gear  
Review: Love it! My wife and I will go back again and again.


June 2, 2014
Review: Slow with no flow. Tight switchbacks. Some new jumps have been added but not for my hardtail.

Bunny Hop

May 27, 2014
beasleycj Bunny Hop  
Review: Poston is a pretty solid spot to get in 8 miles in about an hour (depending on how fast you are). They have recently added some big jumps that hardtail guys like me use the alternate routes around. There are a few climbs that are decent in length. My favorite part of the trail is the Spencer Mountain loop. This part of the trail has a great climb up a fire road and dives into the woods. On this loop there is a massive rock garden that ends as you gather some speed back towards the soccer field/fire road. Great trail!

Granny Gear

February 27, 2014
Review: This trail is great to have for everyone west of Charlotte. Its slow and tight. Theres a few "what the heck" spots but all in all its a trail to ride. It needs volunteers to keep it going because there is no fee to ride. Will ride again and again.

George Poston Park MTB Trail 3.36 out of 5 based on 24 ratings. 24 user reviews.
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