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Rocky River



11.3 mile 18.1 kilometer loop
95% Singletrack


Ascent: 766' 233 m
Descent: -774' -236 m
High: 701' 214 m
Low: 511' 156 m


Avg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)


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Trail shared by Vinnie Connors

A hand built masterpiece and the toughest climbs the Charlotte area has to offer.

Vinnie Connors

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

This trail is built on private property. Trail closes for 24 hours after rain, although this trail dries quickly and re-opens faster than most trails in the area. Check for trail status.


This trail has it all, punchy climbs, fast downhill runs, tight trees, rock gardens, log overs, and lots of berms and jumps along the way.

Need to Know

Sign the waiver sheet and donate $3 before riding at the trail kiosk.


The trail is located at 2575 Parks Lafferty Rd on private property. The trail starts to the right of the trail kiosk and travels for a half a mile before crossing over a dirt road to the main section of trail.

After another half a mile, the first downhill section, Downhill 2 River, starts and concludes after nearly half of a mile. All the downhill sections and climbs are clearly marked and as one of the signs will clearly tell you, "This Ain't Sherman."

The River Climb follows the first downhill run and travels half a mile back up near the start of the first descent. The trail slightly descends for 1.5 miles through a series of many switchbacks then climbs sharply on the Gorge Climb for about 1/2 a mile. The trail winds its way through the middle of the property for around two miles before heading to the best downhill section, Ski Run, which has lots of jumps and berms on the way down to the next climb.

No Name Climb is short and sweet and leads to another two miles of slightly descending trail before reaching the fastest downhill run of the ride, Kamikaze Downhill. Speeds here can exceed 30 mph so enjoy the high speed banked turns and last downhill section of the ride.

After Kamikaze Downhill the newest addition of the trail, River Bluff, branches off to the right and follows the river before looping back and meeting back up with the trail. This optional segment of the trail travels along a 20-foot cliff overlooking the river and has a very challenging uphill switchback section full of roots and rocks that can be difficult to clear. After the River Bluff section, the trail climbs on Stairway to Heaven for 3/4 mile back to the trail kiosk to conclude the ride.

History & Background

This trail is commonly known as "Steve's" who you'll most likely pass out on the trail at some point. He has put a ton of work on his trail in the last few years and it shows. If you see him out on the trail stop and thank him for all he does for the local cycling community.


Local Club: Tarheel Trailblazers

Land Manager: Private Property

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May 9, 2020
Misha Germanovich
First time here, absolutely sick!!! Crazy hills and drops, will def put a hair on your ball if you take them quick and fast
Feb 2, 2020
Nathan Hobbs
very nice trail. markings need a little upkeep. no real drops if you don't want them. nice flowy trail. very popular today 4.6mi
Sep 3, 2019
Taylor Anthony
Epic hidden gem in NC. Rode with a full riding and dropper. A must ride for everybody! Great switchbacks! Loads of fun!
Aug 17, 2019
Chepper Enri
Mar 24, 2019
Tyler Blanton
11.8mi — 2h 06m
Mar 22, 2019
Jan 26, 2019
Tyler Blanton
Jan 6, 2019
Kevin Vanover
Love this place.

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Paul enjoying one of the downhill lines.
Feb 13, 2016 near Harrisburg, NC

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