Dark Mountain

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  4.4 from 10 votes
blue  Intermediate from 6 votes
Rank: #5 in the Central N. Carolina area
#18 in NC, #248 Overall
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Jul 16 Red - Trail is closed - storm damage.
Trail in the area near Millers Creek,
“A bit of everything at Dark Mountain, the first of the mountain bike trails at Kerr Scott.”
Paul Stahlschmidt on May 19, 2013
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5.28.4 milesKilometers 594’181 m Ascent 1,239’378 m High 4% Avg Grade (2°)
Singletrack Type -599’-183 m Descent 1,048’319 m Low 13% Max Grade (8°)
1:00 average time for 6.1 miles. Details

Dark Mountain is the oldest of all the trail systems at the lake, and was designated a National Recreation Trail in 2005.

There are several numbered and named small loops at Dark Mountain, all intersecting with a 2-track "Core" trail which goes through the whole system. Follow the BLUE arrows for the all-encompassing route (mapped here), including the "Snake" and "Lake" loops that each contain a solid climb and descent.

From the trailhead, the climb up the entrance trail takes you through the first-built trails at the lake. After about a mile, you'll get through a very rooty section and begin a descent that winds down "The Snake" to another section of Fish Dam Creek waterway. Enjoy it, because as soon as you see the stream, you'll be begin a sustained 1 mile climb out.

After about 3-4 miles in, the trail begins the 200 foot descent of the "Lake Loop." A fantastic finale awaits after the climb back to the top of Dark Mountain, the exit trail. This section has hosted Downhill and Super-D events, and contains optional lines with big banked turns and jumps.
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Jumpin' around on Dark Mountain's finale. Photo by Richard Fink. (Millers Creek, NC)
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