“A local Hickory favorite that covers most of Hickory City and Geitner Parks.”
— Zach Huey
Open Sun-up to Sundown 7-days a week.
This route is part of Hickory City Park and gives you a great weekend loop or quick after work spin through the woods. Nothing too wild that would cause novice riders any issues, there are just a few punchy climbs coming back up from the lake loop that will burn the lungs but a great loop in Hickory.
Park by the tennis courts and picnic shelter. Start riding down the paved path and the trailhead will be on your left after the double gates. The entrance is marked with course tape and a yellow arrow on tree, but there is an obvious path heading in the woods.
The trail dives into the woods for a fast and flowy section that will get your heart going right out of the car. It then climbs back uphill to where the old dirt jump area used to be (RIP) and will spit you back out onto the paved path. Across the path and slight left, the trail continues with another quick downhill and twists back on itself a few times before climbing back up towards the dirt jumps.
At around 3 miles, you'll see a white sign with the option of short loop (right turn) or long loop (left turn). The short loop dumps you back onto the paved path for an easy cruise back to the car or the long loop heads down towards the lake and gives you a lung and leg burning climb back up to the path before the nice and easy last section snakes back towards the parking lot. Once you are back out onto the pathway where the first trail section crosses the road after the remnants of the dirt jumps, hang a left on the path and that will take you back to your car or you can take another lap when you see the trailhead on your right this time.
Hickory City Park is a local favorite and a great post work/evening ride. The trail does close at sunset so be sure to get there early in the winter months. It doesn't dry up fast in the summer due to serious canopy cover, but is a quick to dry after the fall season.