ElevationAscent: 511' 156 m
Descent: -511' -156 m
High: 1,541' 470 m
Low: 1,106' 337 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
Popular rides nearby
Jerdon Mountain Challenge
26.8 mi 43.1 km • Loop • 3,370 ft Ascent 1027.08 m Ascent
Jerdon Mountain Challege Course
27.2 mi 43.8 km • Point to Point • 3,610 ft Ascent 1100.19 m Ascent
Hella Climbing aka Gotta Love Rocks
24.7 mi 39.7 km • Point to Point • 3,930 ft Ascent 1198.01 m Ascent
Big Fuggin' Heartbreak
47.3 mi 76.1 km • Loop • 7,170 ft Ascent 2185.54 m Ascent
Bent Creek Epicito v2
27.4 mi 44.2 km • Loop • 3,312 ft Ascent 1009.57 m Ascent
The Carolina Panther
133.9 mi 215.5 km • Loop • 14,525 ft Ascent 4427.37 m Ascent
“A 3.0 mile loop at Buffalo Creek Park with lots of climbing and fast, flowing descents.”— CBraund Braund
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
It will soon be extended by 7-10 miles of trail through rugged back country, ascending another 2,000 feet to reach ridgelines and scenic viewpoints. The trail will connect with Chimney Rock State Park on the north side of Rumbling Bald Mountain, itself a popular destination for climbers and boulders. A bike-accessible cirque of the entire northern valley is planned, along with an extended through-hiking experience that circumnavigates Lake Lure in a 30-40 mile trail that summits several surrounding peaks.
Need to Know
After a short distance, the trail crosses a small footbridge and reaches a fork that starts and finishes the loop. From here, riders will travel in the opposite direction of those on foot. A sign indicates the directions which reverse daily.
In either direction, the trail has three sections: The Head, the Heart and the Tail (HHT). After a brief warmup, a stout climb gets you 500 feet up the mountain, but intermediate descents mean you earn about 1,000 feet of total climbing. Then there's a smooth traverse in the middle section that takes you through a large boulder field that attracts climbers and the rare Green Salamander. You then finish with a fast, flowing descent on banked switchbacks. The trail has an average grade of 9%, with short sections of 15%-20%.
History & Background
The trail names at Buffalo Creek Park are a nod to the backwoods distillery heritage in Rutherford County and southern Appalachia that is experiencing a rebirth today.
Land Manager: Town of Lake Lure