Each spring Singletracks takes a look at which mountain bike trails are the most popular in each US State and Canadian Province, and it’s always fun to see what changes… and what doesn’t. While new mountain bike trail systems tend to get a lot of interest as riders tire of riding the same tracks, some of the most popular systems in the USA and Canada seem to have tremendous staying power. Besides, for riders who are new to the sport, every trail is a new trail!
Read more about how Singletracks measures trail popularity on this page. At a high level, what we’re really measuring is how many people ride a given trail, and how highly they rate the trail.
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Oak Mountain and Coldwater are well known to most mountain bikers in the region, but Sylaward is definitely worth checking out if you haven’t been. While not as accessible as the other two, Sylaward features smooth, flowy trails without a lot of elevation change, making for a fast, fun ride.
Sedona and neighboring Flagstaff are on many riders’ wish lists, and area trails dominate Singletracks readers’ list of the most popular trails in Arizona. However, riders should not overlook other trails in the state, including South Mountain park in Phoenix.
When mountain bikers hear Arkansas, they tend to think of Bentonville and the northwest corner of the state, but the fact is there are quality trailheads dotted throughout the state. The #3 trail according to Singletracks readers, Cedar Glades, is long-established and is located toward the center of the state just southwest of Little Rock.
1. Downieville Downhill (Downieville)
2. Forest Of Nisene Marks and Soquel Demonstration Forest (Santa Cruz)
3. Northstar Bike Park (Truckee)
Connecticut saw perhaps the biggest shuffle in the most popular trails ranking from 2018 to 2019, with Pequonnock River moving up from #2 to #1, and Millers Pond and River Highlands SP entering the top 3 for the first time. Rockland Preserve (previously #1) and Cowles Park aren’t on the list this year, and we’re definitely curious to know what happened. Theories?
The top 3 list for Georgia features the same trails as last year, but in a slightly different order. Bear Creek — a remote forest ride in the mountains — moved up from #3, becoming more popular than the suburban Chicopee Woods trail system.
The Fay Pickering Memorial trails fell out of the top 3 in Illinois this year, making way for Saw Wee Kee Park, a trail system that has been popular among mountain bikers for some time.
The Outback Trail makes its first top-3 appearance for Indiana this year.
For 2019, #1 and 2 switch places in Iowa.
Sugarcamp Mountain looks to be a fairly new trail system, and it takes the place of last year’s #3, Brier Creek.
#2 and #3 switched places from 2018.
We’ve been hearing more and more good things about the trails at Carrabassett Valley, and apparently, it’s all true! The trail moved up from #2 to the #1 most popular mountain bike trail system in Maine, according to Singletracks readers. Bradbury Mountain State Park fell off the list in 2018, but it’s back this year at #3.
The Vietnam trails fell out of the top 3 list for Massachusetts in 2019, while Thunder Mountain Bike Park, which opened to DH riding in 2015, jumped up to #2.
The DTE Energy trails snagged the #3 spot from last year’s #3, Potawatomi.
Elm Creek is back at #3, stealing its spot back from Duluth’s Brewer Park. It seems these two are neck and neck, and for 2019 Elm Creek seems to have an edge perhaps due to its (relative) proximity to the Twin Cities.
Calvin Crest appears to continue its steady ascent among the most popular mountain bike trails in Nebraska, making its first top 3 appearance in 2018, and moving up to #2 this year.
Somehow, the Blue Diamond trail system edged out the Tahoe Rim /Flume Trail for the #3 spot in Nevada this year.
Ringwood Skylands and Allamuchy Mountain swapped places between 2018 and 2019.
Bike parks are hot, especially in New Mexico. Angel Fire was able to nab the top spot from the classic South Boundary trail in 2019.
Gurney Lane jumped into the #2 spot, moving West Side Overland down a spot, and forcing Glacier Ridge out of the top 3.
While all three of these North Carolina trails are excellent, note that this list doesn’t include a single trail in Pisgah. Rest assured, however, that mountain biking in Pisgah is quite popular, particularly with out-of-state riders.
Long’s X Loop must be popular, because it knocked off the well-known Maah Daah Hey trail in 2019.
Mohican has been an Ohio favorite for many years, but in 2019 its spot was taken by the East Rim Trail.
Sandy Ridge and the Alpine trail swapped places, but at this point, we’re just quibbling over details. Both (and in fact, all three) are excellent.
There’s been a big shakeup in this tiny state! Big River was knocked from #1 to #3, while Ryan Park makes its debut.
Federal Refuge makes its first appearance on the top three list for South Carolina thanks to mostly 5-star reviews. Advanced riders take note, however, this is a beginner trail that seems to be popular due to its scenery (and accessibility?), not its technical challenge.
There’s been a shakeup in South Dakota, with the Prairie Trail moving up to #2 and Storm Mountain joining the list at #3.
While all three of the top trails in Tennessee are the same in 2019 as they were in 2018, everyone swapped places. Brush Creek and Raccoon Mountain both moved up a spot, while White Oak Mountain moved down two. A new trail is planned for White Oak Mountain soon, so we won’t be surprised if there’s another shuffle in 2020.
Flat Rock Ranch and Palo Duro Canyon swapped places from 2018 to 2019.
Alpine Valley knocked Levis Mound out of the top three for Wisconsin in 2019.
The Lake Minnewasta Recreation Trail jumped into the top three at #2 for Manitoba, bumping the Grand Beach Race Course.
Rotary Park and French Fort Cove are new to this year’s list, though each only has a single (but positive) review. If you’ve ridden either of these trails — or any other trail in New Brunswick, for that matter — please click the link and add a review!
What happened to Don Valley?! After spending years atop the list of the most popular trails in Ontario, Don Valley has fallen out of the top three, allowing Buckwallow to steal its spot.
Prince Edward Island
Your turn: What is your favorite place to mountain bike in 2019? Has it changed from 2018?