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Poston Park

 15 votes

7.1 Miles 11.4 Kilometers



529' 161 m


-528' -161 m


833' 254 m


673' 205 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (7°)

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A diverse ride made up of five loops that get progressively more difficult on the way up Spencer Mtn

Vinnie Connors


Poston is ALWAYS open! The trail drains very well and does not close for rain.
Poston has something for everybody - a nice mellow green loop for the beginner, lots of good climbs, some AWESOME downhill, rock gardens, some tight tree sections, plenty of roots, and the some of the biggest and unique jumps in the Piedmont.

Need to Know

Random trees along the trail are color coded with spray paint. Lake loop is orange, Laurel Hill loop is pink, Big Leaf loop is red, Soccer loop is blue, and Spencer Mountain loop is yellow.

There is a steel cable across the trail at the start of the Soccer Loop to prevent ATV's and dirtbikes from accessing Spencer Mountain. Just climb over and keep going, the trail is not closed.

Look before you leap! Poston has many large gap jump options, designed with the expert rider in mind, not for beginners or intermediate riders. Poston has a road gap jump, a ravine gap jump and a few creek gap jumps. Full suspension recommended.


When you enter the park, take the first left and the kiosk will be up ahead on the left. The trail starts on the Lake Loop in the counterclockwise direction. The Lake Loop is the least difficult terrain and has some of the best views. One of the bridges on the loop is very narrow. Handlebar clearance is very minimal if you have wide bars.

The Lake Loop connects to Laurel Hill Loop and continues in a clockwise direction. Laurel Hill consists of a few climbs and a few short downhill sections. This part of the trail is quite rocky and is very similar to Uwharrie. Laurel Hill connects with the Big Leaf Loop after a second bridge crossing.

The Big Leaf Loop starts off in the clockwise direction. This trail is mostly a climb as it approaches the Soccer Loop. A steel cable blocks the entrance to the Soccer Loop. Dismount, climb the cable and continue. The Soccer Loop climbs more on the way up to the Spencer Mountain Loop.

Spencer Mountain Loop starts with a fairly mellow downhill which leads to the "Deja-vu Climb". You have two options at the top of the climb. Take the right downhill option first (the path marked with a 1). Downhill 1 has a 4 foot ledge drop and a few jumps and leads back to the "Deja-vu" climb. Downhill 2 starts off down a massive hill to build speed for the huge ravine gap jump. The ravine gap is 10+ feet and is not for the faint of heart. After another climb, Spencer Mountain Loop connects back to the Soccer Loop and mostly fast, flowing downhill from this point.

The Soccer Loop connects with Big Leaf Loop at a very poorly designed road gap jump and continues with mostly downhill sections. Big Leaf Loop connects with Laurel Hill Loop at an optional creek gap jump.

Lauren Hill Loop connects back with the Lake Loop which leads back to the kiosk.


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enjoyed the ride, Trees are to narrow in some places. Good work out. Sep 23, 2014
There are way too many trees in the way. You almost or have to stop to get by. The upper or north side is much better with a few nice jumps. Oct 29, 2017

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