3 miles
921 ft
-1,497 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Gem Mine Trail

Gem Mine Details

  • Riding Area
    Boone Fork Area
    Lenoir, North Carolina
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • TTFs on Trail
    Jump, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Grandfather Ranger District

Fun Pisgah back country style descent with rocks, high speed turns, creek crossings and jumps. Two uphill sections are easily ridden. Trail finishes back on Spencer Branch Rd. (left to go to where you parked, right to go up and hit Gem Mine again).

Access Info

After climbing Spencer Branch Rd. for 3ish miles, there will be a sharp left hand turn. Look for a large mound with a trail to the left of it on the right side of the road. Stay right at any split that looks like a fork!


This trail is also used by horseback riders. Be respectful!

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Gem Mine bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -575 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,321 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,087 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,085 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,510 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,712 ft
  • Avg time
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on Dec 25, 2017
Avg: 4 (2 votes)

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Trail Style
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Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to gem-mine trailhead (35.996678, -81.594641)
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Gem Mine Trail Reports

Dec 25, 2017 @ 4:32am
Dec 25, 2017
All major branches are removed, trail needs traffic at this point.
Sep 22, 2017 @ 5:01am
Sep 22, 2017
Lots of small branches down, also one large tree near final jump line. Rideable but watch for branches in wheels and drivetrain.
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1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag jwelch33 (May 3, 2017 at 10:13)
 Great trail to add to your weekly 'go to" rides. Easy to find, good climb, super fun working downhill. Love it!

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Opening descent of Gem Mine
178 | Apr 29, 2017 , Lenoir
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