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Jackrabbit Mountain

 16 votes


11.3 Miles 18.1 Kilometers




693' 211 m


-692' -211 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (7°)

2,047' 624 m


1,934' 589 m



All Clear 84 days ago
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Approximately 15 miles of very flowy loops. All very well-maintained with great scenic vistas.

Michelle Shuford


The trails are open year-round but the campground is only open May-Sept.
This series of stacked loops are well maintained, provide some great easy to intermediate riding, and offer great views of Chatuge Lake throughout.
Dogs: Off-leash


Central Loop, when ridden counter clockwise, starts you out with some simple easy trails. There are no unavoidable obstacles and this trail will provide you with access to the other trails within this looped system. It follows along the lake shore for the first 1.25 miles where you'll intersect with Burnt Tree Peninsula.

Burnt Tree Peninsula This trail has some tight and sharp turns in the beginning but after that, it's very similar to the start of Central Loop with no unavoidable obstacles. This trail returns you to Central Loop in the same location that you started on it. Continue on Central Loop to the right. The next trail intersection is Yotee's Run.

From Central Loop, youll enter this section of Loops almost straight on. Youll go about 100 yards to the next signed intersection. Go left at this 3-way intersection and then bear right in order to run this loop counter clockwise. (Although this one can be run in either direction) It was great views and short to moderate climbs with a somewhat steeper side slope down to the lake edge. The trail is a little narrower and does have a few rocky/rooty areas that would give this trail an overall novice/intermediate ability level.

Continue onwards to Burrell Cove. The 1st half of this trail is pure pump track joy! It is fast and flowy with wonderful whoop dee doos and twisty turny tight singletrack. And for this reason, I give it a blue ratingbut if ridden slower, it is fine for beginner riders and is sure to put a grin on their faces. It has some dirt jumps and small unavoidable features but is overall very friendly. It also is the access to SABA Beach Loop.

After the Beach Loop, the 2nd half of Burrell Cove has some short steep sections that will find you yelling to your co-riders Pedal, Pedal, Pedal! in order to crest the tops of the hills and then coast back down the other side. There is nothing very technical on the trail bed itself except for the occasional root. However, it is visually intimidating as it is very steep down to the lake edge. Exit Right to continue on Central Loop in a counter-clockwise direction.

From Central Loop, head right on to Sneaking Creek. This trail is one of the trails best run Clockwise. It will start with a wonderful downhill and over a covered wooden bridge. You'll then do a little climbing. There are a few trail intersections in here that can be a little confusing. They were built to accommodate 2-way traffic for some of the races held there. Stay left at the signed intersection. It will climb a bit but once at the top, let the flow begin! This trail can be tight and twisty. Watch for oncoming riders and this trail is often ridden in both directions. It is the longest loop in the trail system.

Once you've had your fill on Sneaking Creek, take Upper Ridge which is best run clockwise. It is tight and twisty. The start is up and downbut mostly up. The backside has some steep climbs and some roots and rocks. In my opinion, this is the second hardest trail loop in the systemhence the Intermediate/Advanced rating.

After Upper Ridge, continue past Sneaking Creek and you'll find this ride's finish off of Central Loop. Enjoy!


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Oct 13, 2017
Wally Coates
Oct 5, 2017
Rumour 29
2 great rides this week. Today there was a rather large tree down that wasn't down earlier this week,on the central loop just before the intersecti...
Sep 29, 2017
Flat tire 9mi
Sep 20, 2017
Steve G
Jul 21, 2017
Wally Woods
Trails are very close to perfect conditions now. Fast and fun. Watch out for only three or four minor muddy spots. 17mi
Jul 12, 2017
Kaleb Kleiss Hoeft
5mi — 1h 00m
Jul 8, 2017
Wally Woods
Lots of wet muddy spots today. Hadn't realized how much rain had fallen up there. Lots of riders and hikers out this morning. Enjoyable ride. 12.5mi
May 10, 2017
Tiffanie McPherson McKenzie
Very fun ride with beautiful views! 12.8mi

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Michelle Shuford
Asheville, NC
Michelle Shuford   Asheville, NC
The 3D Tour is actually not the recommended direction of travel. These loops are best ridden for the most part by going Right at each intersection (counterclockwise)...Except for Sneaky Creek and Upper Ridge...those are best ridden clockwise. Jul 2, 2015
Mark Kligerman
Mark Kligerman   Georgia
Rode the whole thing. Super buff main trail. If you are a beginner this is a good place to start. Very easy... in fact a little too easy. Not very many roots, rocks, or features. Good for fitness. Jun 2, 2017
Perfect for beginners and serious riders. I am here on vacation so I tried it out. Very fast and smooth. No serious up, or downhills but pretty fast nonetheless. A beginner, if stay on the Central loop, would feel very comfortable. A beginner in good shape can ride anywhere. Experienced riders will not be challenged but you will have fun and feel like you are a pro because you can go so fast! Jun 27, 2017

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