Level: Expert
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: -
Total: 2 riders
 

Mountain Biking The Nationals Downhill Course

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#89 of 533 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#2135 in the world

This is the top to bottom singletrack downhill run, and the main trail at sugar mountain. It is highly technical with tons of rocks, roots, drops, steep trail, and some jumps. Don't expect any smooth berms or big jumps though! The coolest feature is a big 25-30 foot tall rock/cliff that you ride down.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From I-40, Take Exit 103 US-64 toward Morganton/Rutherfordton. Turn RIGHT onto BURKEMONT AVE / US-64(go 0.6mi). Turn LEFT onto US-70 / W FLEMING DR / US-64 BYP. Continue to follow US-64 BYP(go 2.2 mi). Turn LEFT onto N GREEN ST / NC-181. Continue to follow NC-181(go 28.7 mi). Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto US-221 / NC-181(go 2.9 mi). Turn RIGHT onto NEWLAND HWY / US-221(go 0.6 mi). Turn LEFT onto NC-105(go 4.0 mi). Turn LEFT onto TYNECASTLE HWY / NC-184(go 2 mi). Look for "Sugar Mountain" sign(on left) - Turn LEFT on Sugar Mountain Dr. Follow up to the lodge and park. Trail maps are located in a black, marked mailbox at the base of the Flying Mile slope.
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Open (on Sep 6, 2010)
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  • Greg Heil
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    Super gnarly! Definitely a double black diamond rating. Bring your suspension, full face helmet, and balls.

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