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Level: Beginner
Length: 3 mi (4.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +333/ -301 ft
Total: 36 riders

Mountain Biking Woodland Trail

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#113 of 543 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#2,072 in the world

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.

First added by Sgt29er on Feb 19, 2014. Last updated May 8, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • 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
From Boone: US HWY 321 southbound to exit 37/ NC HWY 10. Make right. Travel approximately 1.5 miles. Turn right and enter park. From Charlotte:US HWY 321 northbound to exit 37/ NC HWY 10. Make left. Travel approximately 1.5 miles. Turn right and enter park.
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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

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  • headpawn

    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.

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  • ST Daniel

    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

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  • WNC-Dan

    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.

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  • WNC-Dan

    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.

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  • *****

    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

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  • monkey_ona_ bike

    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 😀

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    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

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter

    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.

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  • man.cave

    Great short trail. Very smooth and flowing. Do it several times and make a great ride.

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