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Charlotte has just about every type and levels of riding available minus those long mountain climbs and pro-style jumps. With over 125 miles of trail spread throughout the area, it's hard not to find a place to ride.

It's often said if you can ride the trails here, you can ride anywhere.

Food & Drink

U.S. National White Water Center (WWC / Carolina Thread):
After a nice ride, relax on-site with a large selection of craft drafts and good food at the River's Edge while taking in the kayakers and zip liners doing their thing.

Cramerton ( Poston Park, WWC / Carolina Thread, and Rocky Branch):
South Fork Deli 119 Center Street - amazing beer selection- cheap too. Even better food- also really inexpensive for the quality.

Charlotte ( Sherman Branch ):
Jakes Good Eats 12721 Albemarle Rd - very good food - surprisingly upscale.

Charlotte (Back Yard Trail (BYT)):
The Roasting Company 1521 Montfort Dr -great Southern food and draft local craft beers ... tasty and very affordable.

Plenty of good Breweries and food trucks near Uptown Charlotte in hip Southend and NoDa neighborhoods with many restaurants nearby (like Cabo Fish Taco in NoDa!).

Recommended Routes in Charlotte - 11

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Favorite little jump with good air over the center fire road
Intermediate

Sherman Branch

10.3 mi 16.6 km 481' Up 146.72 m Up 479' Down 145.87 m Down

Mint Hill, NC
Favorite Small, creative jump.
Difficult

Back Yard Trails (BYT)

16.8 mi 27.0 km 743' Up 226.36 m Up 750' Down 228.59 m Down

Charlotte, NC
Favorite A wooden obstacle
Intermediate/Difficult

Beatty's Black & Blue

5.9 mi 9.5 km 249' Up 75.82 m Up 248' Down 75.68 m Down

Matthews, NC
Favorite Wall Ride
Intermediate

Ballantyne District Park

2.8 mi 4.5 km 138' Up 42.18 m Up 140' Down 42.67 m Down

Marvin, NC
Favorite new jump lines are sick. please be safe and stay off when wet!
Intermediate

Purser-Hulsey Park

3.9 mi 6.3 km 194' Up 59.13 m Up 200' Down 60.86 m Down

Stallings, NC
Favorite Ryan Dunn making the Figure 8 trail at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte look good.
Intermediate

WWC / Carolina Thread

20.9 mi 33.6 km 1,152' Up 351.27 m Up 1,138' Down 346.82 m Down

Mount H…, NC
Favorite Tennis Court Loop.
Intermediate

Renaissance Park

4.0 mi 6.5 km 303' Up 92.37 m Up 318' Down 96.78 m Down

Charlotte, NC
Favorite Ryan Dunn making the Figure 8 trail at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte look good.
Intermediate/Difficult

The Whole USNWC Enchilada

40.1 mi 64.5 km 2,414' Up 735.69 m Up 2,414' Down 735.72 m Down

Mount H…, NC
Favorite Lockmont drive greenway start. It ends in a culdesac.
Easy/Intermediate

McAlpine Creek and Campbell Creek Greenway

10.1 mi 16.3 km 120' Up 36.49 m Up 120' Down 36.48 m Down

Matthews, NC
Favorite Ryan Dunn making the Figure 8 trail at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte look good.
Intermediate/Difficult

WWC East Main Full Tour

5.3 mi 8.5 km 361' Up 109.97 m Up 359' Down 109.49 m Down

Mount H…, NC
Favorite New pump track track and jump line at the top of the hill
Intermediate/Difficult

Harrisburg Municipal Park

3.0 mi 4.9 km 224' Up 68.31 m Up 232' Down 70.73 m Down

Harrisburg, NC

Charlotte Biking

  • 272 Miles 438 Kilometers of Trail
  • 11 Recommended Routes
  • 49 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 45 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 4 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Charlotte - 87

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5.3 mi 8.5 km #1Middle Third
Difficult
Charlotte, NC
Difficult
Charlotte, NC 43 
2.9 mi 4.7 km #2North Mecklenburg
Intermediate
Huntersville, NC
Intermediate
Huntersville, NC 46 
6.2 mi 9.9 km #3Main Loop
Intermediate
Mint Hill, NC
Intermediate
Mint Hill, NC 24 
0.6 mi 0.9 km #4Tower 93 Loop
Intermediate/Difficult
Mount Holly, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Mount Holly, NC 14 
0.3 mi 0.4 km #5Slalom Course
Difficult
Belmont, NC
Difficult
Belmont, NC 15 
2.6 mi 4.2 km #6Lake Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Mount Holly, NC
Easy/Intermediate
Mount Holly, NC 25 
3.6 mi 5.7 km #7Southwest District Park
Intermediate
Charlotte, NC
Intermediate
Charlotte, NC 23 
2.6 mi 4.1 km #8WWC East
Intermediate
Mount Holly, NC
Intermediate
Mount Holly, NC 16 
1.8 mi 2.9 km #9Roller Coaster Loop
Intermediate
Mint Hill, NC
Intermediate
Mint Hill, NC 16 
2.5 mi 4.0 km #10Bandit
Intermediate
Mount Holly, NC
Intermediate
Mount Holly, NC 11 

Photos of Charlotte - 141

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Ryan Dunn making the Figure 8 trail at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte look good.
Apr 19, 2019 near Mount H…, NC
Riding on the main loop at Colonel Francis Beatty park, trying out all the black diamonds for the first time
Nov 23, 2020 near Matthews, NC
Wall Ride
Jun 26, 2020 near Marvin, NC
Jump after berm lead-in.
Mar 22, 2021 near Marvin, NC
Small, creative jump.
Feb 24, 2021 near Charlotte, NC
The Whip
Jul 30, 2020 near Marvin, NC
The sun sets over the Catawba River along the North Main Loop.
Mar 14, 2017 near Mount H…, NC
The start of the North Mecklenburg pump track rebuild that was completed Summer of 2015
Nov 6, 2015 near Hunters…, NC