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Level: Beginner
Length: 3 mi (4.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +35/ -29 ft
Total: 25 riders

Mountain Biking Southwest District Trail

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#176 of 544 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#3,973 in the world

Easy trail great for beginners. No technical challenge. Basically, it's a short, rolling
trail that is fun.

First added by eastwood on Oct 11, 2012. Last updated Apr 28, 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 West Blvd (Rt 160) turn onto Leake St (Left if heading East, Right if heading
West) and follow to the end. Take a right on Faye St, take first left onto Vilma St.
Southview Recreation Center is at the end of the cul de sac - park here. Trailhead
is to the left (if facing) of the Rec. Center.
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  • SupaS14

    Not a bad trail.. Lots of roots and small hills.. Close to a bad neighborhood tho.

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  • drsleep

    Legit bike trail close to the center of the city. I cleared the cobwebs off of it the other day and the place was basically abandoned, which is a real shame because it's a good ride. This trail is not a huge challenge but don't show up thinking that it's a greenway, you could potentially take a fall down a pretty good hill if you lose it. Lots of turns, no air though there is a ramp at the end of a long run. There are a few other features, most notably a skinny bridge built over a fallen tree that's got a dodge path running along the side of it. Some effort has obviously been made to keep this a beginner trail. The hairiest part of the whole thing is the approach, decreasing radius downhill turn covered in large, loose rocks. The trailhead itself is also hard to find. There's a wooden pole off to one side of the parking lot in front of the Southwest rec center, and what looks like an erosion ditch leading down into the woods. That's it, I promise.

    About halfway through the trail there's a turn-off for a half-mile loop that's marked as intermediate difficulty (The Tamale Loop). It's nice and fast with some dramatic drops that won't test your technical skills so much as your nerve. If you're comfortable with the main trail I definitely recommend the Tamale.

    Addendum: Went back a few weeks later and a sign had been added to the pole at the trailhead, much less cryptic now.

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  • stupidscreename

    Great beginner leve trail. Fast and smooth. Needs some work. It is under-used and overgrown a bit.

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  • eastwood   ✓ supporter

    CLeared some down trees and limbs. Built an up and over for a tree that hanging a couple inches across the trail. Fun little trail... a little more traffic and it would be in super shape. Reminded me of the easy fast trails up at Lake Norman

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