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Dark Mountain

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A bit of everything at Dark Mountain, the first of the mountain bike trails at Kerr Scott.


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Map Key

6.5

Miles

10.4

KM

95%

Singletrack

1,236' 377 m

High

1,045' 318 m

Low

578' 176 m

Up

579' 177 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

Dark Mountain is the oldest of all the trail systems at the lake, and was designated a National Recreation Trail in 2005.

Description

There are several numbered and named small loops at Dark Mountain, all intersecting with the 2-track Core Trail which goes through the whole system. Follow the BLUE arrows for the all-encompassing route (mapped here on this featured ride), including the The Snake (#2) and Lake Loop (#5) trails that each contain a solid climb and descent.

From the trailhead, the climb up the Entrance Trail (#1) takes you through the first-built trails at the lake. After about a mile, you'll get through a very rooty section and begin a descent that winds down The Snake (#2) to another section of Fish Dam Creek waterway. Enjoy it, because as soon as you see the stream, you'll be begin a sustained 1-mile climb out.

Follow the Crossover Trail (#3), Dogtown (#4), and sections of the Core Trail to to get to the Lake Loop (#5) after about 3-4 miles in, where the ride begins the 200 foot newly rebuilt descent. A fantastic finale awaits after the climb back to the top of Dark Mountain, the exit trail. This section has hosted Downhill and Super-D events, and contains optional lines with big banked turns and jumps.

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Paul Stahlschmidt

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Photos

Exit Trail at Dark Mountain
Oct 13, 2017 near Millers…, NC
Climbing into Dark Mtn.
Oct 13, 2017 near Millers…, NC
Jumpin' around on Dark Mountain's finale. Photo by Richard Fink.
May 19, 2013 near Millers…, NC
Dark Mountain Descent - #6 Exit Trail.
Mar 5, 2018 near Millers…, NC
Pink Panther.
Apr 17, 2016 near Millers…, NC
Dark Mountain Park and W. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir
Oct 13, 2017 near Millers…, NC

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Apr 26, 2021
Moth Man
Apr 16, 2021
Rachel Webb
6.5mi — 1h 10m
Mar 5, 2021
Jhonny Davis
in great shape! some muddy areas but nothing crazy. 6.1mi — 1h 02m
Oct 24, 2020
Mike Davis
6.5mi — 1h 00m
Aug 1, 2020
Lucas Stone
Wayyyyyy better than warrior creek
Jun 30, 2020
Tim Brown
Jun 28, 2020
Don Childrey
6.5mi
Jun 27, 2020
Brad K