Winston Salem Trial

Celebrate the beginning of 2023 Year of the Trail by hitting the trail!  Every State Park is hosting a “First Day Hike” on New Year’s Day. Find an organized hike or celebrate on your own by visiting some of the trails listed on NC Triad Outdoors.

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Mountain Biking

One of the best ways to explore the NC Triad and its natural marvels, all the while pumping your adrenaline on two wheels, is on the trails. Parklands throughout the Triad, including our state and city parks, make daytime biking trips easy and allow you to combine the sport with other unforgettable experiences like camping, hiking, and fishing

Intermediate Difficulty and Unparalleled Beauty

The Original Loop Trail at Hanging Rock State Park, open year-round and accessible from the parking area on Moores Spring Road, welcomes mountain bikers familiar with rock, gravel, and dirt trails of intermediate difficulty. Covering more than three miles, the trail at Hanging Rock winds through forested hills and intersects with hiking trails (where hikers are required to yield to mountain bikers). Exposing visitors to the water features and elevation changes that make Hanging Rock a state treasure, mountain bikers are sure to keep coming back to this loop to understand its every twist and turn. 

Uwharrie National Forest offers 40 miles of mountain bike trails open year-round that suit every experience level in both the Wood Run Mountain Bike Trail system and the Badin Lake Recreation Area. The 6.0-mile Keyauwee Trail in the Wood Run area takes visitors through some of the park’s most beautiful natural areas, while the difficult Buttermilk Trail in the Badin Lake area offers a rocky path down the mountains’ most difficult terrain. Whether your goal is mountain biking of the most difficult kind or incomparable views of the NC Triad, the Uwharrie National Forest is a can’t-miss attraction.

Green Spaces in Greensboro with Mountain Biking Escapades 

Greensboro is just one of the many cities in the Triad rich with routes that allow mountain bikers to escape into nature without leaving the city limits. The Wild Turkey Mountain Bike Trail, Owl’s Roost Trail, and Copperhead Trail are all family-friendly hiking and mountain biking trails within the Greensboro city limits that get visitors out into nature. Circling Lake Brandt allows you to practice your mountain biking skills and expand your options to explore more of the urban areas of the NC Triad.