If you weren’t already aware, the Southeastern states of the USA have amazing biking trails that any biking enthusiast will enjoy. Not only does the South boast temperate weather almost year-round, but you can also choose from a diverse range of trails such as downhill mountain biking, bikepacking, long-distance trails, and even trails that go through the mountains and in urban areas. You might think that the West has the best trails, but you’d be wrong! We’ve rounded up some of the best mountain biking trails in the Southeast, let’s get to it!
Dupont State Forest, Brevard, North Carolina
This diverse singletrack tail in the Dupont State forest boasts over 80 miles of trails. These trails range from steep slickrock, flowy singletrack in the midst of forested areas, scenic waterfalls, technical rocky sections, steep climbs, and much more!
Tip: The Ridgeline Flow trail is very popular, and the slickrock balds that you’ll run across in the center of the forest are some of the most iconic trails on the East Coast.
Carvin’s Cove, Roanoke, West Virginia
Considered the premiere trail system in Roanoke, these singletrack trails range from flat to steep, and everything in between. Almost any rider will enjoy an amazing day and come away with a smile on their face. Don’t forget to check out the long descents off the top of the mountain!
Santos, Ocala, Florida
Santos is home to the annual Spring Break Fat Tire Festival that attracts riders from all across the United States. Santos has 80 miles of trail that will challenge even the best mountain bikers including extremely technical areas, wooden bridges, dirt jumps, and crazy drops.
Five Points, Trenton, Georgia
Five Points is considered one of the best trail networks in the entire state of Georgia. This network has over 20-mile of well-built singletrack full of challenges and scenic rolling hills.
Tip: Don’t miss out on key trails like Tailings, and Hogsback which are only recommended for the more adventurous expert mountain biker, due to the narrowness and steepness of the trails.
James River Park, Richmond, Virginia
The James River Park System in Richmond, Virginia is an amazing urban mountain biking gem. While riding, you can see Richmond’s skyscrapers through the trees, and also boasts some skill-building features and dirt jumps in the bike park.
Brevard, North Carolina
Brevard is home to hundreds of miles of backcountry singletrack trails, the most technical that you can find anywhere to be exact. Ride this trail to witness amazing Appalachian Mountain views. The coolest part? All the trails in the heart of the Pisgah National Forest are actually interconnected which creates a massive trail system!
If you want to ride the best trail in the Chattanooga area, Raccoon Mountain has 24 miles of trail with some pretty crazy technical descents. You can ride around the manmade reservoir at the top of the mountain, or glide down the long flowy descent to the base.
Tip: While Raccoon Mountain is the #1 trail system, Five Points, just outside of town is a lot of fun too!
Coldwater Mountain, Anniston, Alabama
The trail system at Coldwater Mountain is ever-expanding and has amazing trail diversity. This trail system has everything from cross-country trails to backcountry style track, jumps, and even a black diamond downhill track.
Pinhoti Trail, Ellijay, Georgia
This trail route of 140 miles begins near Ellijay and Blue Ridge and runs all the way to the Alabama border. Some parts of this trail are on paved roads, but 100 miles offer some of the very best backcountry trail riding in the state of Georgia.
Sheltowee Trace, Livingston, Kentucky
This 300-mile trail is Kentucky’s longest mountain bike trail that spans the Daniel Boone National Forest. Keep in mind, some sections are closed to mountain biking, and some areas allow horses and ATVs.
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