Supertree Loop - Trail, Albemarle, Carolina

Supertree Loop - Trail, Albemarle, Carolina

DESCRIPTION

Supertree Loop - Ride this trail clockwise. This trail is an easier ride than it's counterpart, Keyauwee. Mainly routed on old fireroads, this trail is filled with quick, swooping ups and downs, washouts, fast turns, and several excellent jumps. There is one relatively long 1/2mi climb that ends with a short, but excellent quality, singletrack section. This trail can be ridden by people of all abilities, as there are no major technical sections.

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[Apr 29, 2004]
ttaylor3
Cross Country Rider

Uwharrie-Woodrun Mountain Bike Trail System Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Q: Who can use the mountain bike trails? A: Hikers and mountain bikers. Q: Who maintains the trails? A: The Uwharrie Mountain Bike Association (UMBA), an International Mountain Bike affiliate (IMBA) has signed a trail adoption agreement with the USDA Forest Service and works with the Uwharrie Wheelmen, the Tar Heel Trailblazers Mountain Bike Club, the Sandhills Cycling Club, the Just Fresh-Clif Bar Cycling Team, the Yadkin River Trail Association, and the Yadkin-Pee Dee Lakes Project. Much of the minor trail maintenance is “do it yourself.” Any rider is authorized to fix face-slappers and blowdowns, etc. Q: Where do the mountain bike trails start? Do they leave from the parking lot? A: No, the trailheads of Supertree and Keyauwee are located 1.5 miles down Woodrun Road, the gravel road to the Woodrun Hunt Camp. You know you’ve reached the hunt camp if you come to a large clearing with a permanent port-a-john. Keyauwee starts on the left side of the hunt camp it stays to the left of Woodrun Road and comes back to Woodrun road. Supertree starts on the right side of the hunt camp near the gate and runs on the right side of Woodrun road. Supertree ends a 1.5 miles down Woodrun Road…just across the intersection from the “end” of Keyauwee. Q: I’m confused; explain where the Keyauwee and Supertree trailheads are located again. A: Woodrun road is the key as it runs down the middle of the mountain bike trails. Keyauwee and Supertree both start 1.5 miles down Woodrun Road at the Hunt Camp. Keyauwee stays to the left of Woodrun; Supertree stays to the right. Both trails meet again a mile or two further down Woodrun road. Since together, both trails are just one big circle, many riders ride both, as one big loop. If you park at the main parking lot, ride down Woodrun Road and ride both trails as one loop, the distance is just over 11 miles. Q: The signs at the Woodrun Hunt Camp confuse me. There is a wooden sign on the left side of the clearing that points down a trail. The sign says, “UWHARRIE TRAIL.” What does that mean? A: The sign is at the beginning of the Keyauwee Mountain Bike Trail. It means that the Uwharrie (walking only) Trail intersection is located about ¼ of a mile down Keyauwee. Q: A sign on the right side of the clearing confuses me; it has the UMBA symbol and points to the left. Does that mean that mountain bikers should always go left down Woodrun road? A: No, go either direction. The sign is confusing, and we plan to fix it. The Supertree Mountain Bike Loop starts here. You can either go down the trail to the right or left down Woodrun Road…either way you are on the Supertree Loop. Q: How long does it take to ride from the parking lot, go counter-clockwise on Supertree and come back to the main parking lot on Woodrun Road? A: It may take 45 minutes to an hour depending on your condition. Advanced riders do it much faster. Supertree is a more forgiving trail, but you will do some climbing. Q: How long does it take to ride from the parking lot and go clockwise on Keyauwee and return down Woodrun Road? A: It will take at least an hour for novice riders. Keyauwee has more elevation change and steeper climbs than Supertree. There are some climbs over a mile long. Keyauwee has more technical sections, but it is permissible to push your bike past the tough spots. Don’t be embarrassed as only advanced riders ride Keyauwee without hike-a-bike. Q: How long does it take to leave the parking lot, travel clockwise on Keyauwee, then Supertree, and return to the parking lot? A: Many riders plan on at least 90 minutes, although advance riders will ride it much faster. If you are out of shape or a novice, allow for more time. Q: Which direction can we ride? A: Either direction…be alert. Q: When is hunting season? A: Deer-gun season has begun by Mid-November and ends usually by Jan. 2. Bow season starts before that. There is also a turkey season and a squirrel season. There is no hunting on Sunday or after dark. During deer-gun season, I only ride on Sundays. Q: Can I ride on the Uwharrie Trail or Dutchman’s Creek Trail? A: No these are walker-only trails as designated by the USDA Forest Service. Keyauwee crosses the Uwharrie Trail twice. Supertree crosses Dutchman’s Creek Trail twice. Q: Where can ATV’s Equestrians, and Four Wheelers ride? A: Their trails are located approximately 15 miles to the North. Travel West toward Albemarle on 24/27, turn right at the first road to the right, which is River Road. Take River Road to the community of Uwharrie. At Uwharrie, turn left on NC 109. After several miles, you will cross the Uwharrie River. Watch for signs. Q: What else can I do to help? A: Write a letter to the USDA Forest Service thanking them for supporting the Woodrun Mountain Bike Trails. The USDA Forest Service has done a great job of walking and surveying our trails. They gave us chain saw training and loaned us tools, first aid kits, and protective gear. They keep in close contact with us. It would be good to let them know what services that you want. I plan to write and request Archaeological Surveys for our future trail system CONTACT: Ian Garner, Information Specialist, Uwharrie Ranger District, Phone: 910/576-6391, Email: igarner@fs.fed.us , Fax #: 910/576-4171, 789 Hwy 24/27 East, Troy, NC, 27371. Q: What are the International Mountain Bike Association’s (IMBA) Rules of the Road? www.imba.com A: 1. Ride On Open Trails Only 2. Leave No Trace 3. Control Your Bicycle! 4. Always Yield Trail 5. Never Scare Animals 6. Plan Ahead Q: Where can I get more information? A: www.rideumba.com Q: When are the Mountain Bike Trail workdays? A: We meet at 9 AM on Saturday mornings: April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug 21, Oct 16, and Sunday, Dec 11. Q: When does Mountain Bike Season start and end? A: You can ride 365 days a year depending on weather conditions. See the question above about deer hunting. Q: Are the trails well marked? A: We plan to sign the trail in the near future. Most trail junctions are marked. If you’ll follow the beaten path, you’re OK. More questions, contact Tommy at taylor1529@carolina.rr.com.

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Keyauwee

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3
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3
[Apr 18, 1999]
ED

I've been meaning to try out these trails for some time and finally got a chance this past weekend. Supertree is a fast, fun loop. The climbing is done, almost exclusively, on gravel fire roads (when ridden clockwise). The singletrack is almost all downhill, except for a few climbs which are easy to set up for. Flying along at 25+ mph on the downhills was a rush. Not very technical but good fun.

Customer Service

As stated above

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4
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[Jun 01, 1999]
Jesse Ellington

easy ride, need a bell to warn approaching riders on blind turns.

Customer Service

either direction is fine

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1
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[Jul 12, 1999]
derrick

This trails beauty is diminished by riding it up for the K warm-up, because it's great going down. This trail has various sections: fireroad, singletrack, and nether rocks. Simply because its a blast to go down (ooooooh! I forgot that a rider could suck his friends wheel for the pass into the singletrack--dirty nasty roadie tech.) this trail gets a four.

Customer Service

Ride this trail before the K. if your only going to do one loop. Otherwise, I recommend going down.

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The K. and the ATB trails at Badin Lake.

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4
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[Sep 11, 1999]
Jeff and Gina

We recently have move to this area and were looking for some good trails. Some nice downhills and a few jumps but not up to the expectations we had. A little too much fire roads to our liking. One word of advice, if you do not like spiders or giant spider webs, beware! Gina donated several inches of skin to the local eco system having wiped out trying to clear a spider web from her face.

Customer Service

Clockwise

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3
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[Feb 23, 2000]
Randy Peters

This review is an advisory. I went to check out Supertree as an entry level ride for my local bike club. I discovered that both Supertree and Keyauwee as well as the Wood's Run Road are blocked about every 50 to 100 yards by fallen trees. From the outermost trailhead to Supertree, I could not see down it for the fallen trees. A guy who was there said the same for the lower, closer end. It may be a while before these trails can be cleared. Again, this is just an advisory, maybe some more frequent riders of these trails can keep us posted as to their status

Customer Service

See above

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3
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[Mar 23, 2000]
Ed

I really can't add much to this in terms of trail evaluation b/c it's still un-rideable due to SEVERE tree blow down. For the record, there is a posted message on the entrance board which does indicate the trail is still closed. I didn't read the fine print and ended walking my bike over 70% of the trail. Always read all the messages on the board! And thanks to whoever put it up there. Anyway, the trail is still buried under hundreds of downed trees. I truly pity the hardworking folks at UMBA, they have a monster clearing job ahead of them. If you live in this area, you owe to yourself to help out the UMBA and get this trail cleaned up, b/c from what little I could actually see, the trail looks pretty fun. I have never seen a trail so badly damaged from blow down (that includes what Fran did to the Raleigh area trails - I cleared some trails in less than a day with a chain saw). I can only assume that the relatively recent ice/snow storms & hurricanes caused this massive problem. May be months before this trail is open again :(

To help, check out this website and contact Don Childrey:

[URL]http://www.childrey.com/umba/index.html[/URL]

BTW, 3 tires to keep the average...

Customer Service

Same

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Keyauwee

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3
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[Apr 10, 2000]
Bryce

This trail is now cleared. It is 100% rideable and absolutely beautiful. Go out and enjoy it. It is fun and fast. Not very technical at all but there are some nice sustained climbs with some very rewarding flowy downhills. It's a blast to ride. Ridable by just about anybody. Some may just have to stop more frequently than others.

Customer Service

Up wood run road and down supertree as a warm-up for keyauwee.

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Keyauwee

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4
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[Aug 03, 2000]
B Ziel

As much as I appreciate what UMBA has done, I got a little tired of waiting around for their site updates and new information. So, I have put up a site dedicated to providing current info on this killer trail system. Hope you enjoy...BZ

Customer Service

Check out this site for info:
http://www.us-webnet.com/wrts.htm

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Keyuawee, Catawba Riverfront

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3
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[Oct 25, 2000]
James

I first visited this trail on 10-21-00 & 10-22-00. I rode this trail 3 times total for the weekend. I cannot say this trail is a warmup for Keyuawee. Supertree is rather easy and very scenic. Keyauwee is quite the climbing monster. We found a very nice spot to camp just off Wood Run Road. You can drive down to the hunt camp from the main entrance. Both spots are very scenic.

Customer Service

Clockwise starting at Wood Run Rd

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Keyauwee, if you are a good climber.

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3
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