2 miles
51 ft
-480 ft
Avg time

Ridgeline Details

  • Riding Area
    Dupont State Forest
    Cedar Mountain, North Carolina
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • TTFs on Trail
  • Global Ranking
    #165 in Mountain Biking

Ridgeline is a crown jewel of Dupont State Recreational Forest. For many mountain bikers and equestrians, this is their favorite trail or at least in their top three. This trail is known for its flow. While it has no real technical features to speak of since being redesigned, it is a lot of fun to ride this glassy smooth and generally well-bermed trail. From Lake Imaging Road it is a steady but not steep climb to the high point just before the intersection with Hooker Creek Trail. Then it is a gradual descent or flat on to the end of the trail at Hickory Mountain Road and Hickory Mountain Loop.
Sight lines are fantastic and the flow is amazing.

For the ultimate downhill blast, ride to the top of Hickory Mountain Loop, take a minute to catch your breath and prepare to smile all the way to the parking lot, barely needing to pedal. (Read the Trail Notes on Hickory Mountain Loop.)

Beginning mountain bikers need to have good speed control and braking skills before tackling this and many of the other trails at Dupont. Learn how to use that front brake correctly (it is 80% of your stopping power) and PLEASE don't skid that rear tire on our precious trails.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Ridgeline bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -429 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,317 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,753 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,746 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,317 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    905 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    385 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Sep 25, 2018
Avg: 4.8 (34 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to ridgeline-7343 trailhead (35.219140, -82.601390)


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5 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag h-beck83 (Nov 11, 2015 at 18:53)
 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.
  • + 1
flag noravelp (Dec 4, 2017 at 18:31)
 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.
  • + 1
flag LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 12:40)
 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.
  • + 0
flag LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 13:10)
 Defiantly an over hyped trail, with no challenges whatsoever, obviously what do you expect, it's the east coast
  • + 0
flag cleaverwrh (Nov 2, 2018 at 20:23)
 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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