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Level: Intermediate
Length: 11 mi (17.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +310/ -283 ft
Total: 385 riders

Mountain Biking Sherman Branch Park Mtb Trail

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#25 of 543 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#477 in the world

Trail created Fall 2006 by volunteer efforts of the Tarheel Trailblazers. Clockwise loop of twisty singletrack good for both single-speed and geared XC bikes. Composed of gradual climbs and descents with various bridges, log jams, jumps, berms, and rock gardens throughout the loop. Follow Tarheel Trailblazer red arrow blazes.

First added by EZ-E on Feb 8, 2007. Last updated May 10, 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 I-485 Beltway take Exit #41 Albermarle Rd, go EAST(away from Charlotte). Take first LEFT(north) on to Rocky River Church Rd, go about 1 mile. Just after you pass Camp Stewart Rd, turn LEFT into trailhead parking lot at mailboxes. (See pictures)
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Rider questions

Q: Iv heard there is poison ivy on this trail in the summers is that true?

Q: Is this a good trail for begginers?
A: Yes, definitely a nice trail for beginners. There are 3 loops - stay on the first loop, not roller coaster or lake loop. I took my 18 yo daughter there her first time mtb'ing and she enjoyed it.

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  • bikeit420   ✓ supporter

    First time here and loved it. Definitely will be back to explore more. Plenty for all levels of rider. Intermediate riding and most obstacles were easily avoided or walked around. Maybe on rock garden and plenty or berms and flow! I could easily do several laps and spend a day here. Just moved to the area and this is about 45 minutes from home, but this will definitely be one of my go to trails.

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  • Russell Turpin

    Great gem! Nice place to ride and practice riding berms.

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  • Cole_Walker

    These trails are fairly easy, but have some great flow and berms. Beware of crowds on weekends!

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  • nikmirbre

    Almost always felt as if I was going downhill. Very good flow!! 1st time here liked it so much I rode it 2x in one day!!

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  • Gary Hill

    Great trail for my type of riding .Much better than the sandy trails I ride at home down east in Goldsboro,NC.

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  • C-Lo

    This trail has a great mix. Short moderate climbs, short down hills, Switchbacks, small jumps, and berms. There are a few obstacles that are not to crazy (not sure why they are diamond). You can ride around them if you are not comfortable riding them. One way traffic. May run into a few hikers with dogs.

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  • Austinlathan

    Good trail with an even amount of incline and decline. Some jumps, berms, boardwalks, and bridges.

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  • sambones80

    Not very hard but not too easy, just a whole lot of fun!

    There's no real climbing and a lot of fast, flowy sections with some jumps, small drops, and a few wooden obstacles thrown in. Not to say that it's all fast and smooth. There are plenty of rooty areas and some fun little rock gardens as well.

    All in all, Sherman is a very well laid out and maintained trail that is tame enough for a beginner yet still has something to offer a more seasoned rider.

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  • Gavin.w

    This trail is absolutely brilliant and i cannot find another one better in charlotte. Wooden obstacles and nice rock gardens.

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  • Daniel_Sheets   ✓ supporter

    Very well build,maintained and marked trails.Nothing very difficult and almost no climbing.Lots of wooden features and flowing trails.

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  • gytis

    Good trail, need to sweat to do all 11 miles. Mostly its intermediate with few black areas and some jumps. It's not for beginner (unless you rally confident with a bike) Had plenty of fun with my ~300$ hard trail :)

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  • Jason Thomas

    Sherman is a great trail. The main loop crosses the emergency road several times, making it easy to bale out early, if needed.

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  • hinessteve

    There are no boring parts of any of this trail. Short climbs into fast twisty sections with jumps and obstacles for different skill levels.

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  • amercycprod

    My first time out at Sherman Branch while in Charlotte 5/11. I did the main (yellow) trail and highly recommend it to all who are in the area. I'll be back for more!

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  • fluffykid

    Awesome place to ride. I'm a intermediate rider from West Virginia and this place blew everywhere I've ever rode back home out of the water. In single track anyway. Very flowy some rocky sections, man made obsticals and jump through out.

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  • Terry Sullivan

    Good flow on trails, cool features, easy in and out with the access trail. Great place for a grownam AND his whole family...

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  • mlombar17

    As a novice, there were several areas on this trail that were out of my league but there was always an "easy out" which made them super enjoyable. High berms, really great flow, the uphill isn't too steep. My favorite trail I've ridden so far!

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  • MTS29

    This was a fun trail with many options for jumps and stuff like that. Overall it was fun but could be better so that's why it has a 4 star rating.

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  • [email protected]

    One of my favorite trails to ride in Charlotte, it is well maintained by the TTB and is an absolute blast to ride. Its very flowly and easy to keep a fast pace through most of it. Roots and rocks are present but not terribly, there are some drops, log bridges, jumps, and berms littered through the trails. if you have time to ride one trail in charlotte for the day I recommend this. Its fun as something for everyone!

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  • *****

    Pretty good trail very well maintained. Easy enough for beginners and has challenges for the experts. Very little climbing. I have young kids that ride frequently they really liked this trail and were able to ride everything this place had to offer.

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