Woodland Trail

4.00 out of 5
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↑ 1,500 ft
↓ 600 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The Woodland Loop Trail at Jacob Fork Park offers fun and adventure for hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers alike. The intermediate level
trail is 2.5 miles long starting from the parking lot, or 2.25 miles beginning at the division for bikers and walkers.
A collaborative effort between the City of Newton, Catawba Valley Heritage Alliance and Lightning Cycles, the trail's construction was completed in
2013 becoming the first of its kind in Newton. Designed by Trail Dynamics, the trail has a minimal impact on the local ecosystem. In an effort to minimize erosion, the tread of the trail was constructed to
allow surface water to flow evenly across the trail, following its natural course downhill. The Woodland Loop Trail complements the 100-acre park that marks the convergence of the Jacob Fork and Henry Fork rivers into the South Fork River. The park serves as an example of a state of the art, environmentally sensitive, low-maintenance park facility.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: is the pump track still clear or has it been overgrown with grass and such? would love to know want to go ride the pump track but dont want to go an hours drive there if i dont have to -Daniel Lee Dault Jr.

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Reviews (12)

Granny Gear

November 5, 2018
headpawn Granny Gear  
Review: I have been riding this trail for several years. It flows very nice with a notable climb going counter-clockwise in even years. Short but a great conditioning trail when run muitple times. Provides opportunities to run faster and faster picking better lines. If you live nearby, you should make this a quick and frequent ride. It will improve conditioning and skills.

Granny Gear

May 16, 2018
ST Daniel Granny Gear  
Review: Easy to access since it's very close to the highway. The biking/hiking directions are swapped periodically, and it is more fun biking when clockwise. Trail is well made, and has no dangerous drop-offs or grueling climbs. Overall a fantastic trail. Only downsides would be it's short and there are lots of hikers to watch for. There is a bike maintenance station at the parking lot with bike stand, tools, and pump. Accessibility is posted daily at the top of this page in small black and white text, not red and green. http://www.newtonnc.gov/departments/recreation/jacob_fork_woodland_bike_trail.php

Granny Gear

March 6, 2017
WNC-Dan Granny Gear  
Review: Fun, short trail. Quite a bit crammed into a small space. Can be lots of hikers at times. Overall, great place for a quick ride.

Granny Gear

March 6, 2017
WNC-Dan Granny Gear  
Review: Fun, short trail. Quite a bit crammed into a small space. Can be lots of hikers at times. Overall, great place for a quick ride.


June 27, 2016
Review: I know iv reviewed this trail before but i just rode it with a new and better bike than my previous one and i love this trail so much fun i rode 4 laps the only complaint i had was that they changed the direction ur supposed to ride it from the direction it was last year i prefer to ride it clockwise instead of counter clock wise like you are supposed to this year. i rode it counter clock wise 1 time then rode it clockwise 3 times since no one else was there

Bunny Hop

April 13, 2016
Review: Awesome trail! I'm just getting hot and heavy into mtb and this was the first trail I hit. I love this trail. It's got some great downhill sections that you can really fly down but it also offers some technical stuff for learning technique. Great trail for practicing climbing, switchbacks, downhills and line choice. Will definitely be coming back for more 😀

January 9, 2016
Review: I discovered this trail summer of 2015 and it quickly became my favorite. However effective 1/1/16 the direction has been reversed with bikes going counter clockwise. The once fun long downhill sections are now grueling uphill climbs for a newbie like me. If you are just into getting a good workout this is the trail for you. Sadly I will not be returning until the direction switches back.


July 18, 2015



there are parts of it i love where it is real flowy and your momentum will carry you up hills and then there are parts where its just really hard to get up but the parts where it is real flowy and you rely more on your momentum are a BLAST and far out way the parts that suck because of some of the continuous up hill sections


June 28, 2015
Review: Very nice short trail. Signed for bikes to go cw, foot ccw. Flows awesome, cw with no hard slogs. How's up then down then up again. Many little fun roller coaster dips ranging from pump size to dig foot deal gully crossings. Overall impression is fast, flowwy, wide, and roley. One would be tempted to ride CCW, as there are a few berms that one climbs up going the other way. It should ride well but would have one big lengthy climb from bottom to top. Pump track adjacent.

February 5, 2015
Review: First of all I love this trail. Second, I hate the way it is managed. One day of rain and the trail is closed for a week. One person decides all of this and they are not even an official. Just somebody that decided they were in control and someone who has no knowledge of trail building or maintenance. This person rakes the leaves off the trail which in turn leaves a muddy mess especially during winter when you have freeze and thaw. Also the park closes at 5:00 from November to March. I guess it's not intended for working people to use. Also the trail was built by mountain bikers and upon completion the first signs to go up said that bikes yield to hikers.


September 16, 2015
Review: Good trail for new comers or kids. very short loop at this time. I would recomend not removing every root / rock to help after wet weather. I understand the designer wanted fast flow and thats OK if it is your thing. No complaints there. Only if you do this it does take away from what is natural (Mountain Biking) and gives a sidewalk feel. Overall a good trail and it is appreciated. Thanks to all who made it happen.

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