Uwharrie National Forest, outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, is best known as home of the oldest mountain range in North America. Native Americans would travel from near and far to make tools out of the rhyolite indigenous to the hills. In the 18th century, the Uwharries were the site of America's first gold rush. Local leaders hope next weekend's ribbon cutting will herald the start of a new rush, one signaled by fat-tires and singletrack.
Trail Solutions, in partnership with SORBA, has been working for years laying the groundwork for new trails In Uwharrie: seeking RTP funding, cataloging sensitive areas, iterating through design options with USFS staff, and constructing demonstration segments. North Carolina's own Trail Dynamics joined the team to help make Phase 1 a reality. Work around Wood Run Trailhead's Keyauwee and Supertree loops include numerous sections of new singletrack and renovation of existing segments to make them more sustainable and more fun.
The centerpiece of the project is three miles of all-new singletrack on the Keyauwee loop. Rather than a ho-hum roll along Walker Mountain Road, mountain bicyclists are now treated to a tasty segment of tight bike-focused trail that highlights the terrain available around the Wood Run trailhead.
Thanks to the Recreational Trails Program and First Bank of Albemarle for providing funds that made this work possible.