No question: Colorado takes top spot on the podium when it comes to miles of trail. We’ll let the masses argue over quality, but with over 9,400 miles of mountain bike terrain, no other state is even close. And while we love our home turf, sometimes we gotta think—and get—outside the box. Usually that means Moab, which serves up intense rides with views for days, but for us Coloradans, it’s not really outside the box. It’s just the box next door.
There’s mountain bike trail in all 50 states and Washington DC. Use the interactive map above to find how many miles each state boasts, and if you follow the link you can dig deeper on MTB Project. It’s not a trip planner, but it’s a fun thing to play with and let’s be honest—who knew there were 20 miles in DC for lobbyists to shred on?
Brevard, North Carolina
Just outside of Brevard, is the intersection of 276 & 64 where an unassuming bike path along the Davidson River leads to hundreds of miles of sick trail. Steep climbs lead to even steeper descents with lots of roots, drops and needle threading through a dense forrest. What we love about it… dirt… really good dirt. DON’T MISS:
Downieville is pretty well known for big days of bombing single track in Cali and for good reason… believe the hype. But a bit under the radar are the high quality trails of Kernville. (Something about villes maybe) The Kern valley has miles of alpine single track, available shuttles to extend the descents, creeks and rivers for post ride dipping and even a massive tree you can ride through. That’s right you can ride through a tree… sure beats riding into one. DON’T MISS:
You might love Walmart. You might hate Walmart. But you can’t argue that those wealthy Walton boys have helped build some pretty amazing bike trails in their hometown of Bentonville. Silky-smooth ribbons through the dense woods. Perfectly armored berms. Drops so well-built you may feel momentarily like a hero. And all of this in a 300-mile-long network of trails that stretches into the surrounding communities for a huge infrastructure of fun. Throw in a world-class American art museum, some tasty food and microbrew options and a good layer of AR hip and grit, and your spring road trip (or fall) may just be a no-brainer. DON’T MISS:
East Burke, Vermont
Maybe you know the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont as a place that churns out champion skiers, but the hardcore doesn’t stop there. The MTB trails, from the Burke Mountain lift-serve to the built beauties like Sidewinder, are among the best in the country. Riding here is labeled year-round but we’d recommend spring for good temps and tacky trail, and fall for blazing color and fewer bugs. These trails are built by and primarily for the hardy, but all levels of rider will have a blast. DON’T MISS: