5 Best Dirt Motorcycle Trails in North Carolina

By Anna Glazebrook

5 Best Dirt Motorcycle Trails in North Carolina

North Carolina is home to lovely wooded areas and open spaces with endless dirt biking trails to explore. From pristine trails to muddy paths, all levels of skill can enjoy the dirt biking opportunities in North Carolina. Enjoy miles of nature with the wind in your hair with these five great dirt motorcycle trails. 

1. Brushy Mountain Motor Sports Park, Taylorsville, NC

Trails for every type of rider: beginner, amateur, and expert, Brushy Mountain Motor Sports Park has no noise limit and approximately 50 miles of single track open to riders. Heavily wooded and with marked trails, motorcycles have access to about 40 more miles of trail, 100 miles of trails in the Brushy Mountains total and the park makes up a total of 1,700 acres. A one-day pass will cost each individual $25, but memberships to the park are also sold. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, grab your helmet and head down for a weekend of riding.

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2. North Carolina Motorsports Park, Henderson, NC

North Carolina Motorsports Park, located in Henderson, North Carolina, is open every day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. This motorsports park offers riders marked, manmade trails. Terrain types within the trail system differs between changes in elevation, hills, crossings, and more. Most trails are for those with a little experience but there is a one-mile beginner loop for those just starting out. Club membership is required for access with two different options to choose from. The daily fee with persons aged eight and older is $30. With an annual membership fee of $40, every visit afterwards for riders age eight and older is $25. 

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3. Wayehutta OHV Trail System, Cullowhee, NC

The Wayehutta has 24 miles of marked trails with some sections that add difficulty to the ride. Open from April 1 through Dec. 15, the trail offers an inexpensive day out in nature to ride and view the beautiful scenery Cullowhee has to offer, including the waterfall. The day fee to ride is $5 per vehicle but seasonal passes are also available for purchase. Both passes are to be bought at the Caney Fork General Store, Nantahala Ranger District Office or Top Cat Grocery.

4. Black Swamp OHV Trail, New Bern, NC

Located in New Bern, the Black Swamp OHV Trail is an eight-mile trail open year-round to riders. Trail permit required, there is a $5 per day fee. Of the Croatan National Forest, the Black Swamp OHV Trail is mainly flat terrain but is known to get muddy after rain. If you want to stick around for a bit, you are in luck. Camping is allowed in some areas. 

5. Brown Mountain OHV Trail, Morganton, NC

A trail designed for trail bikes, the Brown Mountain OHV Trail, is open to riders April through Jan 1. The area has 34 miles of marked and maintained single track trails. Trail pass is necessary for riders at $5 per rider. Do not forget your helmet because it is required and pack your camping equipment if you would like to camp out. 

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