4.9 miles
Distance
629 ft
Climb
-630 ft
Descent
2,730 ft
High Point

An easy ride that you could take a new rider on, and one that your kids might really enjoy. The singletrack is fairly easy, and not very rough. Ridgeline is a great introduction for new riders, as the downhill does not require heavy braking or an advanced skill set.

Detailed Description
Bike Transylvania: Jim Branch to Ridgeline is a 5 mile popular intermediate route located near Cedar Mountain North Carolina. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 9 trails. This route climbs 629 ft with a max elevation of 2,730 ft then descends -630 ft.
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45 Reviews & Comments

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TJLaSure (Jan 2, 2023 at 12:09)
Trail Ridgeline
A once great trail ruined by the recent renovations. It’s never been a technical trail, but there at least used to be some technical features. Now it’s a smoothed out pump track. For sure a Green trail now. Waited a few months to see if the rain would expose any rocks put underneath the new dirt, but I don’t think there’s anything there. Used to be a trail which could be enjoyed by those who have ridden for a while and beginners, but I think mainly a beginner trail now. Unfortunate decision by DuPont.
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TJLaSure (Jan 2, 2023 at 12:09)
Trail Ridgeline
A once great trail ruined by the recent renovations. It’s never been a technical trail, but there at least used to be some technical features. Now it’s a smoothed out pump track. For sure a Green trail now. Waited a few months to see if the rain would expose any rocks put underneath the new dirt, but I don’t think there’s anything there. Used to be a trail which could be enjoyed by those who have ridden for a while and beginners, but I think mainly a beginner trail now. Unfortunate decision by DuPont.
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manglermixer (Dec 17, 2022 at 21:42)
Trail Ridgeline
Ridgeline got “neutered” and “sanitized” long time ago, it’s actually way way faster now which is kind of surprising from the multi use aspect. It’s a fun flowy descent for all skill levels. I love rowdy tech stuff but this trail is still fun. Here’s a fun challenge: drop into the downhill and make it to the bottom with 0 pedals.
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manglermixer (Dec 17, 2022 at 21:42)
Trail Ridgeline
Ridgeline got “neutered” and “sanitized” long time ago, it’s actually way way faster now which is kind of surprising from the multi use aspect. It’s a fun flowy descent for all skill levels. I love rowdy tech stuff but this trail is still fun. Here’s a fun challenge: drop into the downhill and make it to the bottom with 0 pedals.
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willied CVA SORBA (Dec 13, 2022 at 8:05)
Agreed with the others. Short but very sweet.
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Unkas (Nov 25, 2022 at 7:35)
Trail Ridgeline
Fun butter smooth flow track. Should probably be rated green?
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Unkas (Nov 25, 2022 at 7:35)
Trail Ridgeline
Fun butter smooth flow track. Should probably be rated green?
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mattbortis (Nov 24, 2022 at 21:13)
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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mattbortis (Nov 24, 2022 at 21:13)
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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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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borski99 (Sep 10, 2022 at 11:35)
Trail Ridgeline
RIP Ridgeline. It's gone
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blowmyfuse (Dec 12, 2022 at 6:41)
Trail Ridgeline
Neutered & sanitized like a Chinese citizen after 1 child
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blowmyfuse (Dec 12, 2022 at 6:41)
Trail Ridgeline
Neutered & sanitized like a Chinese citizen after 1 child
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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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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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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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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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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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SeaIris (Aug 26, 2020 at 17:44)
Trail Jim Branch
Open and clear but a little wet with some puddles in some spots.
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 14:39)
Great little DH on first 1/2
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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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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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Elduder714 (May 28, 2017 at 20:00)
Trail Jim Branch
The first part up the rocks is so fun
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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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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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More Stats for Bike Transylvania: Jim Branch to Ridgeline mountain bike route
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