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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 - 9

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Favorite Out in the Main Loop
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 Long skinny log that ends with a drop off.
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 347' Up 105.66 m Up 347' Down 105.66 m Down

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

WWC / Carolina Thread

19.9 mi 32.0 km 1,386' Up 422.32 m Up 1,383' Down 421.64 m Down

Mount H…, NC
Favorite 2 Bridges in first mile of trail visible from upper trail.
Difficult

Rocky Branch

4.9 mi 7.8 km 323' Up 98.57 m Up 326' Down 99.5 m Down

Belmont, NC
Favorite Start of the Purser Hulsey trail.  Bikers go counterclockwise to the right and hikers go to the left.
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 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 Lockmont drive greenway start. It ends in a culdesac.
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 One of the many rock gardens at Harrisburg Municipal Park
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

  • 213 Miles 342 Kilometers of Trail
  • 9 Recommended Routes
  • 39 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 40 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 4 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Charlotte - 74

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5.3 mi 8.5 km #1Middle Third
Difficult
Charlotte, NC
Difficult
Charlotte, NC 40 
2.9 mi 4.7 km #2North Mecklenburg
Intermediate
Huntersville, NC
Intermediate
Huntersville, NC 36 
0.6 mi 0.9 km #3Tower 93 Loop
Difficult
Mount Holly, NC
Difficult
Mount Holly, NC 13 
6.2 mi 9.9 km #4Main Loop
Intermediate
Mint Hill, NC
Intermediate
Mint Hill, NC 16 
0.3 mi 0.4 km #5Slalom Course
Difficult
Belmont, NC
Difficult
Belmont, NC 14 
1.3 mi 2.1 km #6Needle
Intermediate/Difficult
Mount Holly, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Mount Holly, NC
1.4 mi 2.2 km #7Beatty's Black
Difficult
Matthews, NC
Difficult
Matthews, NC
2.6 mi 4.1 km #8WWC East
Intermediate
Mount Holly, NC
Intermediate
Mount Holly, NC 14 
1.3 mi 2.1 km #9Hector H. Henry II Greenway: Moss Creek Segment
Easy
Huntersville, NC
Easy
Huntersville, NC
1.0 mi 1.6 km #10Hector H. Henry II Greenway: Weddington Road Segment
Intermediate
Harrisburg, NC
Intermediate
Harrisburg, NC

Photos of Charlotte - 94

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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
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
A wooden obstacle
May 24, 2015 near Weddington, NC
Beatty Pump Track Opening Day Work/Ride Party - 7/14/2018.
Jul 19, 2018 near Matthews, NC
Highlights Feb 2019
Aug 24, 2020 near Belmont, NC
Same drop from uphill perspective. Maybe two foot drop, with good signage, nice landing and run out. Well done trail blazers. This one is a lot of fun.
Aug 24, 2020 near Belmont, NC
Nice approachable drop from down hill perspective. Well-marked and nice landing, makes you feel like a pro.
Aug 24, 2020 near Belmont, NC