If you have hiked many of the trails already when you had the opportunity to visit Lenoir & the NC Foothills, you might have noticed that some of them are also used by mountain bikers, so you pledged to return to give that a go on your next visit. Locals also enjoy the many mountain biking trails in this area, as the views and the workout make them an ideal way to spend some time off. Whether you are looking for a relaxing path for regular biking or something more rugged and rigorous, you’ll find the diversity you need with elevations ranging from 900 to 5,964 feet. Here are a couple of ideas for biking trails that are sure to please and challenge you.
The City of Lenoir Greenway has over 9 miles of paths and trails. There is the main greenway, the T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, and the greenway on Morganton Boulevard. If you are looking for a mountain biking experience, the Zacks Fork Bike Trail provides almost 3 miles of off-road trail.
Wilson Ridge Trail
Wilson Ridge is a long trail that is series of unmaintained logging, gravel, and dirt roads that have been converted to a hiking and biking trail. It is 14.7 miles one way in length, climbs moderately, and is moderately rough. If you enjoy jumps, the Upper Wilson Ridge is for you, as it has been affectionally been dubbed, “21 Jumps,” although frequent use over the years has worn them down a bit.
Getting out and enjoying the fresh air is something that locals and visitors love the most about Caldwell County. Whether you enjoy hitting the hiking and biking trails or lean more toward camping, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, or other watersports, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for.