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7.4 mile 11.8 kilometer loop
35% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,438' 438 m
Descent: -1,416' -432 m
High: 2,462' 750 m
Low: 1,263' 385 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)


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Trail shared by Charlie Charping

This is a must-ride Wilson Creek area loop.

Charlie Charping

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

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


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.


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.


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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
Jul 15, 2018
SS Minox
A rock pinched the rear. Got off my line. Put in dh tube, good to go. Didn’t see any bikes in the Sinkhole...yet 3mi — 4h 00m
Dec 3, 2017
Sam Lee
Wild 7.4mi
Oct 21, 2017
Jamie Johnson
Oct 21, 2017
Josh Johnson
7.4mi — 2h 10m

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  4.4 from 14 votes


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Along the gated road to Sinkhole Trail.
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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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