North Carolina

Dark Mountain Trail

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Length: 7.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Multi-use trail
Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Dark Mountain Park, W. Kerr Scott Reservoir
State(s): North Carolina
Counties: Wilkes
Longitude: -81.22809
Latitude: 36.137229

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In November of 2002, the International Bicycling Association (IMBA) sponsored a Subaru Trail Care trail design workshop at the park in western North Carolina. The workshop resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding between the Corps of Engineers and the local IMBA chapter, the Brushy Mountain Cyclists.

Following several hundred hours of volunteer work, planning sessions, and after employing sustainable trail building techniques, the first section was opened officially to the public during Memorial Day weekend of 2004. That weekend also say the area's first professional mountain bike race, "Burn 24," a time trial for world championship events of 24-hour endurance mountain bike competition.

Since completion of the seven-mile trail the Dark Mountain Park multi-use trail system has become a popular destination of hikers, mountain bikers, and nature observers. The Dark Mountain trail will connect with the Yadkin River Greenway, when completed, and the Overmountain victory National Historic Trail. The trail's ultimate connection to recreational facilities along the Yadkin River Greenway such as the YMCA, Wilkes Community College, and the towns of Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro, will make the trail a tremendous recreational resource on federal lands managed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Additional Details

Width: 40 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, compacted
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 2%
Maximum Grade: 10%
Elevation Low Point: 1,037
Elevation High Point: 1,150
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Terry Ramsey
Operations Manager
US Army Corps of Engineers
499 Reservoir Rd.
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
(336) 921-3750
[email protected]



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