E-BIKE TRAIL MAPS
Get your adventure started!
Riding your e-bike on US Forest Service land is currently not permitted. However, there are several places where you are good to go! Check out Fire Mountain, Paris Mountain, Lake Norman and Lake Lure. See the trail network maps below for more information and feel free to contact us at any shop if you have questions. We're happy to do anything to help you get out on your bike!
FIRE MOUNTAIN (CHEROKEE, NC)
The Fire Mountain trail system is located within a quick pedal of our Cherokee shop. The trails are primarily machine-made to be flowy and feature some jumps and woodwork. The level of difficulty ranges from green to blue, making the area good for beginner and intermediate riders while also being a blast for more experienced folks. Stop by the shop on your way if you have any questions!Fire Mountain Trails on Trailforks.com
LAKE NORMAN (CHARLOTTE, NC)
Lake Norman State Park is home to the trail system called "Itusi." It contains a combination of multiple different trails that total 30.5 miles. These cross country style trails are green and blue in difficulty and perfect for beginner or experienced xc riders in the Charlotte area.Lake Norman State Park on Trailforks.com
BUFFALO CREEK PARK (LAKE LURE, NC)
Lake Lure has a couple little-known bike trails in Buffalo Creek Park. The biggest and most notable is Weed Patch Mountain Trail. This out-and-back ride is over 15 miles and more than five thousand feet of climbing and descending when you add it all up. The trail is a rated as a black diamond due to some technical sections. However, the trail is suitable for cross country and even hardtail bikes. You can start at Buffalo Creek Park in Lake Lure or register for a parking space in the small parking area near Eagle Rock.Lake Lure on Trailforks.com
RULES OF THE TRAIL
1. RIDE ON OPEN TRAILS ONLY
Respect trail and road closures (ask if not sure), avoid possible trespass on private land, obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. Federal and state Wilderness areas are closed to cycling. The way you ride will influence trail management decisions and policies.
2. LEAVE NO TRACE
Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Even on open (legal) trails, you should not ride under conditions where you will leave evidence of your passing, such as on certain soils after a rain. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
3. CONTROL YOUR BICYCLE
Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations.
4. ALWAYS YIELD THE TRAIL
Make known your approach well in advance. A friendly greeting or bell is considerate and works well; don't startle others. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or even stopping. Anticipate other trail users around corners or in blind spots.
5. NEVER SPOOK ANIMALS
All animals are startled by unannounced approaches, sudden movements, or loud noises. This can be dangerous for you, others, and the animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if
uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife is a serious offense. Leave gates as you found them, or as marked.
6. PLAN AHEAD
Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding -- and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. A well-executed trip is a satisfaction to you and not a burden or offense to others. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
KEEP TRAILS OPEN BY SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND AND SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE OFF-ROAD CYCLING.