New Meetup: TORC Dark Mtn - OVT. Wilkesboro Int.\Adv. ride

From: David H.
Sent on: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 11:01 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Triangle Off Road Cyclists (TORC)!

What: TORC Dark Mtn - OVT. Wilkesboro Int.\Adv. ride

When: December 27,[masked]:00 AM

Dark Mountain Trails
499 Reservoir Rd
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Dark Mountain trail system near Wilkesboro is a great well built singletrack with gradual climbs and fantastic downhills. The trail climbs and descends the mountain three times, the second climb (The Snake) is the steepest with many switchbacks, while the final climb is the longest. The final downhill back to the parking area is a blast! A great fun trail that will leave you with a big grin on you face.

Overmountain Victory Trail:
Trail Length: 6.0 miles (one way) plus Shiner's Run, an optional 2.5 mile side loop
Trail Type: Singletrack
Description: OVT flows past views of the lake, dips deep into the woods through a quiet stream on a rock crossing and traverses steep hillsides with mature hardwoods and boulder outcroppings. OVT offers the most flowing trails at Kerr Scott. Every turn is bermed and the climbs are relatively friendly. This trail is part of the federally-designated Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. It follows the general route that patriots from the area trod to reach the Battle of Kings Mountain in October 1780.

Warrior Creek Trail:
Trail Length: 11 miles is rideable currently with more being built nearly every weekend
Trail Type: Singletrack
Description: The Warrior Creek Loop, when complete, will completely encircle the campground, following the folds of the lake. The Headwaters Loop will be built in 2009, with the Marley's Ford Loop to follow in 2010.
Challenges: The trails at Warrior Creek are the toughest at Kerr Scott. They're steeper with more technical climbs and turns.

Leave at 6:30am and ride by 10ish. If weather makes us cancel, we will reschedule for the New Year's Holiday.
For more information, see:
BMCC: OVT,Dark Mtn. trails and Warrior Creek


Take I-40 west past Winston-Salem, exit right onto U.S. 421 north (exit 188) towards Yadkinville/Wilkesboro.

Take US 421 North for about 50 miles

Take the N.C. 268 exit (exit 286B) in Wilkesboro.

Turn left at the traffic light at the bottom of the exit ramp.

Proceed approximately 3.0 miles.

Turn right onto Reservoir Road. Look for the large W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir sign.

We will park at the visitor's center and ride over the dam to Dark Mtn. We will ride the Burn course (blue marked trail) then back over to the visitor's center to ride up the longest version of the OVT and then up the road 3 miles to Warrior Creek for the 11 mile loop. After which we will ride the longer option of the OVT back to the visitor's center. Riders not interested in riding this route please indicate in your rsvp so that others will know, form groups and ride leaders assigned.

The drive time from the Triangle is about 2.5 hours (160 miles)

This is a group event but that doesn't mean we will all stick together. The initial planners for the event are interested in riding all the trails. There are enough people interested with varying skills to split off for different classes of rides. If a group wants to ride all the trails with short infrequent rest stops averaging a speed of 9 mph and higher you are more than welcome to do so.

Learn more here:

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  • Join Triangle Off Road Cyclists

    TORC is the local IMBA club for the Triangle NC area.


    Teaming up to strengthen mountain bike advocacy.

  • Briar Chapel by Newland Communities

    Briar Chapel allows trails on their land and helps sponsor these trails.

  • RTP Companies

    RTP has allowed and sponsored mtb trails to be built on their property.

  • REI

    REI sponsors TORC with trail grants, merchandise and mtg. locations.

  • Cycling Spoken Here

    Cycling Spoken Here is your community bike shop located in Cary, NC.

  • Performance Bike

    Performance Bike supports TORC through races, events and trail work.

  • Trail Heads

    Trail Heads sponsors the trails program from their nonprofit club\races.

  • RallyPoint Sport Grill

    RallyPoint Sport Grill sponsors our trails program as well as events.

  • Back Alley Bikes

    Back Alley Bikes has and continues to sponsor the trails program.

  • Drees Homes

    Drees Homes has donated funding to the TORC trail building fund.

  • Enlyten

    Enlyten sponsors our trails program and will be available at our races.

  • Frank's Cyclery

    Frank's Cyclery sponsors our Races and the Triangle Fat Tire Festival.

  • Bullseye Bicycle

    Bullseye supports TORC race events, trail work and other events.

  • Crank Arm Brewing

    Crank Arm Brewing sponsors our TORC Endurance Race series.

  • TriangleMTB is an online resource for all mtber's in the Triangle.

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