Sugar Mountain’s Revamped Downhill Mountain Bike Park

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On June 30, and after a $300,000 investment, Sugar Mountain has reopened its doors to mountain bikers.

Along with their classic technical terrain, the park features newly built beginner and intermediate trail systems. Wide open berms, rollers, tabletops, rock gardens, and drops pose unique challenges for riders at Sugar Mountain. Every trail features multiple line options and obstacles for all types of downhill mountain biking. For more information, check out their updated trail map.

Lead by PJ Noto, the former Lees McRae College trail construction specialist, the trail expansion will gradually improve upon the existing system. The lifts are updated too!

Magic Cycles Bike Shop, located in the base lodge, has everything you need for a day at Sugar Mountain. Bike rentals are available and include pads with a full-face helmet. Don’t need a bike? They rent gear individually as well.

Located in Sugar Mountain, N.C., the resort is under a 30-minute drive from nearby Beech Mountain. It will take you about an hour to get there from Johnson City, Wilkesboro, and Morganton. From Asheville, you’ll be there in just under two hours.

Check out this video for more on the mountain and a first-person look at their updated trails!


Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.

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