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Big Rock



0.8 mile 1.3 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 322' 98 m
Descent: -8' -3 m
High: 3,067' 935 m
Low: 2,745' 837 m


Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)


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Trail shared by Marty Spencer

Challenging singletrack with slickrock, sick descents and a killer view from the top.

Marty Spencer

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Big Rock trail is a 'must do' trail for the serious mountain biker. Going up is an aerobic challenge and coming down gets pretty technical in places so this is not a beginner friendly trail.

KEEP OFF THE MOSS ON THE SLICKROCK!!! It is easily damaged and takes years to recover.

The trail is a mostly steep singletrack over a variety of surfaces ranging from hard pack dirt to loose stones to slick rock. Though only .84 miles in length, this trail will make you work to get to the top. Once there you have only three options for the decent. Big Rock Trail will get you closer to the Corn Mill Shoals Access Area parking lot. Or take either leg of Cedar Rock Trail: the right leg is more technical but shorter than the left leg.

Once at the top you'll find great views of the surrounding area. The top of Cedar Rock has 'balds' - large expanses of slick rock. Please stay off the plants since most of them are easily damaged and very slow to recover.

The rocky surface of the balds makes placing trail markers difficult so you'll see several cairns or rock piles marking the trail here. Try not to knock them over and feel free to rebuild them if you come upon one that someone else disturbed.

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Feb 15, 2020
Ethan Newc
Dec 2, 2019
Matt Ivons
Oct 2, 2019
Tri Geminy
Aug 8, 2019
Connor Parish
A rowdy downhill from the top of Cedar Mountain featuring big drops, rocks, root webs, and rock armored trail. Don't miss it if you're in the area! 0.8mi — 0h 04m
Jul 26, 2019
Josh Tilley
Down with broke front shock, wouldn't compress more than 1/2"
Jun 29, 2019
Tim Werdmann
May 28, 2019
Will S
May 19, 2019
Randy Taylor
Sick downhill with big drops

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Big Rock - DuPont State Forest - Cedar Mountain, NC - 6/24/2018
Jul 1, 2018 near Brevard, NC
Big Rock overlook
Nov 4, 2015 near Brevard, NC
Top of Cedar Rock.
Apr 20, 2016 near Brevard, NC
View from atop Big Rock trail.
Jul 6, 2014 near Brevard, NC
Top of Cedar Rock / Big Rock looking down Cedar Rock.
Nov 9, 2015 near Brevard, NC
At the top of Big rock trail, Dupont.
Oct 24, 2017 near Brevard, NC

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