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Charlotte Area Cycling Ride Guide

Ride Local

The greater Charlotte area is home to awesome trail systems and the most beautiful scenery that North Carolina has to offer. Whether you want to do some serious mountain biking or go for a more leisurely cruise, we have many fantastic recommendations. Check out our favorite bike trails and paths, and stop by Trek of CLT today for insider tips on where and what to ride.

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Check out our Trek of CLT ride club on Strava to see what and where others are riding near you and to join the community.

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Mountain Biking Trails

Stone trail

U.S. National Whitewater Center  

28 trails, 40+ miles

Minutes from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s 40+ miles of singletrack and cross-country cycling trails wind through woodlands along the Catawba River and Long Creek. After your ride, enjoy what the USNWC’s 1,300 acre outdoor recreation facility has to offer from yoga to live music.

Bike next to lake

Tarheel Trailblazers

19 trail networks, 100+ miles

This Charlotte-based mountain bike club features a directory to all trails in the greater Charlotte area and how to reach them. Check in with the site for weather updates, upcoming trail work days, club meetings, and more.

Rider on trail

Lake Norman State Park

11 trails, 30 miles

One of the region's most popular mountain biking networks surrounds North Carolina’s largest manmade lake, Lake Norman. In addition to the 30+ miles of mountain biking trails, Lake Norman State Park includes opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, camping, and more.

Local Bike Paths

Paved path

Trail Link

Use Trail Link to find greenways and bike paths near you, no matter where you are in the country. Type in the location you want to search, and start exploring!

Paved path

Rails to Trails

Rails to Trails can help you explore a nationwide network of former rail lines and connecting corridors to get outside and ride your bike in new places with ease. 

Trail

CLT Greenways

Use this resource to easily discover which parks in the Charlotte area include greenways. You can find directions for where to park, length of the greenway, and more information about what each park has to offer.

Other Resources for Riding in Charlotte:

Parks

Weekly Rides