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Sinkhole

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 4.2 (18) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This is a must-ride Wilson Creek area loop.


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Map Key

7.4

Miles

11.8

KM

35%

Singletrack

2,462' 750 m

High

1,263' 385 m

Low

1,438' 438 m

Up

1,416' 432 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Closed to all motorized vehicles, please report misuse to the Grandfather Ranger District.

Overview

Sinkhole got its nickname due to a large sinkhole along the main ridgeline of this trail. This is a true Wilson Creek Area classic. All types of "Pisgah Style" riding are covered on this trail. In recent years, erosion and illegal use by motorcycles have plagued this trail. Regardless, if you are in the area this is a ride you don't want to miss out on!

Need to Know

Once you reach the sinkhole on the trail (it will be obvious), you have the option of continuing straight on the ridgeline or going left down a steep hill that will eventually circle around back to the ridge-line descent. Both options are fun in their own unique ways.

Description

This loop consist of Craig Creek Road (FS 982), Little Chestnut Mountain Road (FS 4099), and Holly Springs Trail #273. From Hwy 181, head to Craig Creek Road (FS 982) and drive down 982 until you reach the bottom of Holly Springs Trail #273 and park there.

Begin the ride by pedaling up 982 to the summit, until the junction with Chestnut Mountain Rd. and Little Chestnut Mountain Road (FS 4099). Enter the gate on the right and follow the doubletrack for a little over two miles (from the gate).

At this point, start looking for the trail going uphill on the right. This is the preferred entrance onto Holly Springs Trail #273.

Contacts

Shared By:

Charlie Charping

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 18 votes

#1

in Wilson Creek

#912

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  4.2 from 18 votes
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#1

in Wilson Creek

#912

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Photos

Along the gated road to Sinkhole Trail.
Apr 20, 2016 near Glen Al…, NC
View of Table Rock Mountain and Hawksbill Mountain from Sinkhole Loop!
Sep 23, 2017 near Linville, NC
The Sinkhole.
Apr 20, 2016 near Glen Al…, NC
Rocky ridgeline corner on the Sinkhole descent.
Oct 15, 2017 near Glen Al…, NC
Enjoy awesome views and scenery on this ride – just stay alert on the descents, as they can get rocky and rooty.
Feb 15, 2017 near Glen Al…, NC

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Apr 1, 2021
Moth Man
Aug 7, 2020
Brett Foreman
Lots of washed out areas had to come off bike. Many trees have fallen across trail.
Jun 12, 2020
Brad Watling
Climbs fine but downhill getting pretty washed out and 6-8 large downed trees in the path. 7.5mi — 10h 00m
Jun 6, 2020
Riley Jernigan
Long gravel road climb, sweet tech descent 7mi
Dec 26, 2019
Hugh Hines
May 11, 2019
Nicholas Feliciano
Great trail watch out for the sink hole. There is no warning
Sep 20, 2018
Matt Rothkopf
Sep 3, 2018
Dane Phillips