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Level: Intermediate
Length: 9.3 mi (15 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +145/ -149 ft
Total: 288 riders

Mountain Biking Warrior Creek

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#14 of 543 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#163 in the world

The latest addition to the Kerr Scott Reservoir trails (Dark Mountain, "OVT" Overmountain Victory Trail, Fish Dam Creek), located on the SW side of the reservoir and connected to the rest of the trails by the "OVT". The Warrior Creek trails are part of the campground area of the same name...they run along the contours of the reservoir and transition into where the upper Yadkin River feeds the lake. This is one of the most scenic and challenging trails in the trail complex.

First added by EZ-E on Feb 10, 2009. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: yes
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take N.C. 268 west from Wilkesboro. Eight miles past U.S. 421, turn right at the campground sign and follow the access road to the campground.
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Rider questions

Q: Do you have to go back on the same trail or does it loop around?
A: It loops around

Q: Is the trail directional
A: No. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for oncoming traffic as visibility is low in many areas!

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  • Cole_Walker

    This is a great flow trail that is fun to ride and has some great views as well.

    Easy drive from Triad or Charlotte

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  • Chain of Fools Bicycles

    This place is a shining example of what a flow trail can be! Very well built, so much so that even some of the uphill sections feel like they're downhill. I can't even imagine how many man-hours went into constructing this!

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  • ChrispyGTS72

    Tough track but in great condition! A lot of fun sweeps and quality berms. Covered in leaves, but that just comes with the season. Thank goodness for the warning signs about the rock gardens!!! Kudos on that execution!

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  • dapch231

    Rode the new 4 mile loop section today, and that is what my rating is based on. The sign says very difficult and I agree. Expert riders would probably not have any problems, but, due to its relatively little travel so far, the narrowness and overhanging branches add to the difficulty. It is also not clear how to proceed through it so got a little lost and backtracked. Being at the end of the 12 mile ( actually just past 10 mile mark) WC trail fatigue could be an issue. I rode in from the camp site at mm 101/2 and was pretty spent after the 6 or so mile ride. Not for casual riders, but, really pretty challenging and fun. After some use and maintenance will definitely be a highlight of WC.

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  • JamestownBikeGuy

    This trail has it all. Climbs, steep descents, berms, rock gardens, flow, roots, and scenery. The K3 climb noted on the map was not as onerous as I expected, and the most of the rock gardens (except for the one with warning signs) were manageable for this rock garden newbie. Trail is well marked and well maintained. This was my first time on this trail and I was not sure if there was a set direction (i.e. clockwise/counter-clockwise) in which to ride the loop. The park attendant said there was not as did another rider in the parking lot. No signage indicating this either. The rider that I spoke with recommended counter-clockwise so I went with that and it was a good choice, especially for being able to navigate the rock gardens mostly downhill.

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  • Ron Hobson

    The absolute best, most fun trail I've ever ridden on a mountain bike. The layout and flow is second to none. It's like you are riding a roller coaster. This trail is a marvel of mountain bike trail achievement. Love it!

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  • CHeath

    Outstanding as always. Superb flow. As of 11/24/16 there are some leaves but it's so dry they are all packed down. 3 big trees down but no biggy. Trail is unbelievable. Awesome to the workers who built and maintain!

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  • scubasteven74

    If you like flow, berms and beautiful views, this is the place to be. Leaves have the trail pretty much covered, which can make for some fun and interesting surprises. Don't forget your $2.00 per person at the trailhead!

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  • Joel DH

    One more thing: I may have prematurely ended a black snake's life on this trail. Came whipping around a corner and boom! Or bump bump! Watch out for snakes

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  • Joel DH

    I finally road this trail for the first time today. I wanted to discover for myself what all the hype was about. Wow! This is a fantastic trail! Berm, downhill, berm, uphill, berm, berm etc. On the really big berm (the one 3 minutes before the 8 mile marker) I hit it warp speed, railed the very top line, and was promptly thrown 25 feet down the hill, bruising my arm, knee, head, and wounding the fingers on my right hand. DH worthy crash. I have video from my Gopro of this, so I can confirm the math details. The trail remains unsullied in my book though. I'm coming back soon! (To take another shot at that berm too)

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  • Dan Zaccardelli

    Warrior creek is as awesome as ever! Big banked turns, rock gardens and add on Headwaters loop for some good technical riding. Great trail!

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  • marmoset   ✓ supporter

    They should rename this trail, Swoopy McSwoopface. Tons of flow and fun. Nicely maintained. Ride it ccw

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  • sharps

    Sweet - a few big trees down at mile six and a couple of we spots but epic rollers and berms even in 95f heat !

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  • dlaido

    12 miles of flowy, bermy bliss. Short climbs followed by quick descents and gorgeous views of the lake. Nothing technical except a few short rocky sections. Maybe the most fun trail I've ridden.

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  • clayhinson

    Great trail with good flow. High berms and a couple tricky rock gardens. Definitely one of the best trails I've ridden

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  • Colton Lock

    Best trail of the 3 IMO (Kerr Scott, OVT, and WC). Berms everywhere. Great views of the lake. Very fun!

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  • DudeBikes

    Spent a couple of my vacation days to go ride warrior creek and the ovt. And the trails did not disappoint. Had a absolute blast on the best trail system I've ever ridden. Mad props to the individuals who take care of these trails they're top notch!

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  • Madgears

    i cant believe my small hometown is on the map of good mtb trails 336 all the way

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  • cr66690

    Only been mountain biking for a few months and made it through warrior creek no problem. Lots of fun berms and sort fast sections. Most climbs are rewarded with a fun decent. It's a loop trail and going counter clockwise is much easier than clockwise. Counter clockwise will give your all of the rock gardens on a downhill and you can keep your momentum throughout. Great trail, took me right at 2 hours the first couple of times I did it.

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