12.0 miles
Distance
1,203 ft
Climb
-1,198 ft
Descent
2,731 ft
High Point

This is a waterfall tour and includes increased mileage, more climbing and some more great scenic double and single track favourites!
Starting out at Lake Imaging Parking Lot, climb up Lake Imaging Road to the intersection with Buck Forest Road. Once there hang a right and go over the covered bridge looking over the falls from the top they drop down to the right, but in order to see High Falls you will need to descend Covered Bridge Trail on your right and taking another right on High Falls Trail until you get a nice view next to a wooden fence on the Right. From here turn around and retrace your route back over the covered bridge, going right on Conservation Road. Look for a trail named Pitch Pine on your left and climb up singletrack into the forest. Stay on this trail until it runs into Three Lakes Trail (Lake Dense) and loop that out onto Conservation Road passing 3 lakes in the process, if it's warm enough take a dip and cool off or just pull out your camera for some photos! Take a right on Conservation Road and another right back onto Buck Forest Rd back over to where it intersects with Lake Imaging. If you haven't seen the falls at Grassy Creek yet go and check them out by climbing that little section of Lake Imaging Road on your left and taking a left where the Hilltop trail comes out, follow the signs to the waterfall, walking - not riding down. After your climb up Buck Forest Road take a Left on White Pine the Left zooming down and back up Hooker Creek Trail to your Left little climb and then whee whee whee all the way down Ridgeline Trail to the Lake Imaging Parking Lot (right hand at the bottom).

Detailed Description
#4- Waterfall Tour Roam Fest East Crankjoy Ride is a 12 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Cedar Mountain North Carolina. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 23 trails. This route climbs 1,203 ft with a max elevation of 2,731 ft then descends -1,198 ft.
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37 Reviews & Comments

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Unkas (2 days ago)
Trail Ridgeline
Fun butter smooth flow track. Should probably be rated green?
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mattbortis (2 days ago)
Trail Ridgeline
I used to really enjoy this trail, I’ve ridden it a lot over the last couple years and it was one of my favorite quick loop rides. After the recent revision it lost any and all technical elements and feels like a groomed pump track….sad…..
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RobJazo (Sep 25, 2022 at 17:03)
Trail Ridgeline
Thank you to the trail workers who took a great trail and dialed it to 11! Did 3 loops today and every time I hit the bottom of the trail, groups of riders were smiling and laughing about how much fun the revisions are. Great job and many thanks!
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borski99 (Sep 10, 2022 at 11:35)
Trail Ridgeline
RIP Ridgeline. It's gone
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ryanridessc (Aug 18, 2022 at 7:53)
If crossing river, I'd go to the furthest right you can. Not gonna lie, it's very slippery and a bit nerve racking to cross. Crossed it this past weekend. On the right side the rock has a slight upslope you can push against the current very slightly. Probably easier if you keep your shoes on but I'm not a fan of biking with 10lbs 5 10s for the rest of the day
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dswally65 (Oct 19, 2022 at 6:24)
Try this next time: take off your shoes and walk across in your socks...the socks really do a good job of sticking to the rocks. I always bring another pair of socks and change them out after crossing. Just squeeze out the wet pair and stick them in your pack.
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racerxmtb (May 28, 2022 at 12:28)
Little River impassable after heavy rain this week.
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etasber (Apr 28, 2022 at 22:04)
Basically, a dead end not specified as a dead end. No bridge over fast-flowing creek over slupery rocks.
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bertkuyrk (Apr 11, 2022 at 12:40)
You can cross with your socks on
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wmcelwee (Dec 1, 2021 at 11:11)
Basic double-track road out of the Buck Forest Parking area leading to various trails in the north / northwest sector of the forest. Relatively flat and smooth surface with little climbing.
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wmcelwee (Dec 1, 2021 at 11:11)
Basic double-track road out of the Buck Forest Parking area leading to various trails in the north / northwest sector of the forest. Relatively flat and smooth surface with little climbing.
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wmcelwee (Dec 1, 2021 at 11:11)
Basic double-track road out of the Buck Forest Parking area leading to various trails in the north / northwest sector of the forest. Relatively flat and smooth surface with little climbing.
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wmcelwee (Dec 1, 2021 at 11:04)
Trail Ridgeline
Hit Ridgeline yesterday, coming down from Hickory Mountain Loop. Seemed much faster than it was the last time I rode it (maybe 4-5 years ago). I have to rate it as the best ~2 mile downhill rip I've ever been on... which includes all the super flowy stuff at Kerr Scott Lake.
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NERyder (Apr 18, 2021 at 4:20)
Nice climbing road, though if you had to come down it it has a lot of crests you could boost to make it more engaging
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NERyder (Apr 18, 2021 at 4:20)
Nice climbing road, though if you had to come down it it has a lot of crests you could boost to make it more engaging
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NERyder (Apr 16, 2021 at 16:00)
Trail Ridgeline
Interesting range of comments on this trail. Here is my take. It is not techy or marked a black Diamond. It has some natural contours you can boost but it it not a jump trail. What it is is a great flow trail that you can rail down at Mach 10 and have a lot of fun doing it. If that is what your expecting I think you won’t be disappointed. I would match it with Hickory Mth Loop running it counterclockwise and it makes for a nice long Blue rated trail descent. Hickory is more technical but you can still just pin your ears back from the top of it and fly down from there to the parking lot and have a nice smile on your face the rest of the day
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fskier (May 26, 2021 at 7:33)
Trail Ridgeline
Agree with NERyder's assessment. No gnar but it's advertised that way and if you want that, plenty of other options all around here. But if you think you'd like 1.6 miles of Super-G style buff ripping, one of my faves (I said at the end, that was as fun as 401 in CB).
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provin1327 (Apr 3, 2021 at 17:50)
As others have said fast and fun but its over too quick!
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provin1327 (Apr 3, 2021 at 17:48)
Trail Ridgeline
One of the best trails I've ridden. Fast and flowy, a must do.
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SteveLeary (Sep 13, 2020 at 11:03)
Trail Staton Road
This is a paved road shared with car traffic. Speed limit on this road is 55mph in places.
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aacrump (Jul 23, 2020 at 15:40)
Trail Ridgeline
Super fun fast flow trail. Anybody from a complete beginner, all the way to a seasoned pro would have an amazing time on Ridgeline. There were some braking bumps when I rode it, but definitely nothing bad in comparison to bike park trails. Something else to look out for is some wildlife, as when I was riding on my first lap down, a black bear ran across the trail about 15 feet in front of me. I’m not sure how common this is, but it’s definitely something to look out for.
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Billroske (Jul 17, 2020 at 14:34)
Full on road. The part getting up to the airstrip is an absolute ass kicker.
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Billroske (Jul 17, 2020 at 14:34)
Full on road. The part getting up to the airstrip is an absolute ass kicker.
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Billroske (Jul 17, 2020 at 14:34)
Full on road. The part getting up to the airstrip is an absolute ass kicker.
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Billroske (Jul 15, 2020 at 9:42)
Worth a stop. Great waterfall with plenty of room to take a break and enjoy.
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SCxXxMTB (Oct 9, 2019 at 21:09)
Only thing wrong with this DH is that it's not 10x longer. Fast shot of adrenaline right to the heart.
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Dirt-pilot (Sep 24, 2019 at 4:43)
Trail Ridgeline
If you are looking for a chunky steep challenge it’s not for you but if you want a super fun fast and flowy trail I’ve ridden all over the world and it doesn’t get much better.
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Chbowman (Feb 4, 2019 at 12:04)
Trail Joanna Road
Top half or so of this trail is fantastic, simi-technical. The bottom half is a washed out (mostly) fire road. Totally agree is should be split into segments (at least two, maybe three). I absolutely love the top half ... and avoid the bottom half like the plague (its not even good for gravel grinding really since its effectively a one way out and back on a gravel bike).
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cleaverwrh (Nov 2, 2018 at 20:23)
Trail Ridgeline
Not really that great. On a long weekend trip, rode in Pisgah first and all the trails there were way better than this one. I guess this might be an exciting trail for someone who doesn’t really ride trails.
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LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 12:40)
Trail Ridgeline
Honestly a pretty lame trail, nothing difficult or necessarily fun. The peddle up is super easy, and the decent can be done by just about anyone. However, it is well maintained, and i do recommend it to anyone trying to learn how to ride their first downhill single track.
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LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 13:10) (Below Threshold) show comment
Trail Ridgeline
Defiantly an over hyped trail, with no challenges whatsoever, obviously what do you expect, it's the east coast
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SeanThePirate (Apr 15, 2018 at 14:40)
Ride 1st 1/2 to Hooker Creek
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SeanThePirate (Apr 15, 2018 at 14:39)
Great little DH on first 1/2
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Bennnnnn (Mar 5, 2018 at 14:03)
Trail Joanna Road
Yeah, it might be better if this was split into two or three sections because the descent from Pinnacle Mtn Rd down to Grassy Meadow Trail is kind of technical and fun, with rocky bits and drops. Some other sections are more like gravel road double-track.
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noravelp (Dec 4, 2017 at 18:31)
Trail Ridgeline
during the recent trail maintenance performed by the forest service they removed the one and only TTF from Ridgeline. I'll miss my favorite part of the trail, the ridable log near the bottom.
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tonylapy (Nov 5, 2016 at 15:52)
Trail Joanna Road
A nice rocky trail from Pinnacle mountain road to about Grassy Creek, then an up and down semi-road.
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h-beck83 (Nov 11, 2015 at 18:53)
Trail Ridgeline
This trail was recently overhauled from a bit on the technical side to very fast with berms and nice banks. Sad to see the old trail go but the new one is hella-fun.
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  • Primary Activity
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  • Difficulty rating
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  • Route Type
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  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
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More Stats for #4- Waterfall Tour Roam Fest East Crankjoy Ride mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,309 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,327 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,333 ft
  • Grade max
    -25.1%
  • Grade min
    34.6%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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