The Moore’s Springs Trails (outside of Winston-Salem, NC) were recently named #9 trail system in North Carolina by singletracks.com. For a state that has the best riding east of the Mississippi (our opinions are our own and do not necessarily represent those of IMBA), this is big.
Not to mention that the entire trail is volunteer-built. Right now, it’s a cloverleaf type system of six miles of singletrack, some built with a Ditch Witch, some by hand. It has some of the best optimal flow we’ve experienced, meaning you can gain speed and shed speed without having to use your brakes and minimally your pedals. There are good climbs with nice reprieves to catch your breath, and gravity-oriented downhills, all tucked away in a cornucopia of rhododendrons (this is NC after all) and mountain laurels, with sweeping views of north central NC.
This is the type of place we probably would have never stopped if it hadn’t been for our Trail Care Crew adventures. We got to work with the system’s mastermind, Tony Mcgee, and his range of tireless volunteers and friends. IMBA and mountain bikers everywhere are lucky to have a network of smart and motivated volunteers all around the US who start from scratch to build some of the best trails around, and we’re even luckier to infliltrate their magic, if only for a weekend.
Our Trail Care Crew Trainbuilding School helped them extend the system into what will eventuay be 20 miles of singletrack. We built a switchberm (elevated, insloped turn) and a dirt berm that will add even more spice and challenge to the system
Thanks to Tony McGee and all of the Moore’s Springs Trails volunteers, Camp Sertoma 4-H Educational Center, Singletree Inn, Novant Health and all of our participants (as well as the best trail dog ever, Hayduke), for a productive and fun weekend. We will be back to check out the whole 20 miles!