Flint Ridge - TRAIL

Flint Ridge - Trail, Bryson City, Carolina

Brand new trail - first of many to come from NOC.

User Reviews (9)

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bstevenson   Weekend Warrior [Jul 25, 2007]

As everyone has said before the climb up the switchbacks can be a grind. My mistake was to start at the parking lot, in a van down by the river. The blacktop climb up to the dirt is far worse than the switchbacks. Take other peoples advise and start in the feild area near the bus.

Once at the top, the trail is well maked and a breeze to follow. It is a good trail that flows. Honestly its alot like tsali with wide contour running singletrack. Not alot of up and down after the switchback climb. It lacks the technical challenges of other NC singletrack. The
trail is wide and smooth with out roots or logs. Which makes for a quick ride. The ride back down the switchback is a blast its just to short!

Worth the effort if your in the area. Go whitewater rafting in the morning and ride in the afternoon or vise/versa. Thanks to NOC

Customer Service

Lolipop

Similar Products Used: All of Tsali (Thompsons decent)Left Loop
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
biggygreg   Weekend Warrior [Jul 06, 2007]

LOVE THIS TRAIL!!! Don't let the beginning climb scare you. The grades are pretty moderate. Once you're done with this climb, let the fun begin. Fun, twisty, rolling singletrack. At mile 4.7, you can choose to either bomb down a steep, rutty old logging road, or go back down the switchbacks.

Customer Service

Get a map at the NOC.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
jsgolfer   Weekend Warrior [Mar 14, 2007]

If you like to climb this is the trail for you! The first bit is killer but once you make it to the top of the 9 switch backs it quickly becomes worth the effort. More technical than Tsali for sure. From the top the view is amazing. If you are in the area, Id say this is a must ride. I gave it a 5 on the aerobic rating because of the climb at the start, it is brutal but worth it

Customer Service

Drive up to the old barn with the broken down school buses and just head up the trail marked on the left. Get ready to climb. At the first fork in the trail head left to get the entire loop. Towards the end you will come out on top of the hill, you can choose to continue on single track and head towards the switch backs from the beginning or bomb down the fire road all the way to the bottom. Your choice

Similar Products Used: All the trails at Tsali, especially Thompson Loop. Fontana Village is nice too.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Jim Wolfe   Cross Country Rider [Nov 24, 2006]

This is an awesome trail,period(as are most trails in Brevard and around it.I think this one is better than Tsali,although some may disagree.Great trail nonetheless.

Customer Service

Follow the "powered by Sram" signs.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
krax   Cross Country Rider [Nov 13, 2004]

Hey guys, Dave at the NOC bike shop here. I just thought I'd let you know that three new obstacles have just been built on the main loop of the Flint Ridge trail. This is the first step in turning this trail into a challenging, technical ride instead of "Tsali, Part II". All obstacles have a "sneak route" around them, so this is still a beginer-friendly trail. Stop by the bike shop for the scoop and to let us know what you think of the new additions.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Tommy   Weekend Warrior [Oct 10, 2003]

Note: Don’t read the review following this because I screwed it up; this is the redo. Flint Ridge Trail is marked by 2 signs located uphill from the bridge rain tracks at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). One sign pointed to the left, one to the right. I took the steep/uphill left and went on asphalt for a few minutes and continued uphill on a gravel road. This took me past an old raft bus and maintenance area. The trail goes to the right of a building with a flashing red light. This took me into the woods and single track. Pedaling became easier because of the switchbacks. There were a lot of side trails and decisions to make. I usually chose uphill to the left. Near the top, I took one fire road which seemed to be heading away from the NOC...I backtracked to single track and completed the loop. I broke out into an open area overlooking the NOC compound...the view was worth the trip. I was probably a half a mile away and 500 feet up. I took the jeep trail straight down. The steep sections of the trail may intimidate newbies. If you don’t make any wrong turns, you can finish in 35 minutes. If you like to climb, this is for you. There are several nice views of the NOC compound. There was a new 60 foot-long bridge, nicely shingled, in the middle of the ride. Thank you IMBA/NOC! Someone had to do a lot of pick and shovel work to make the bridge approach work! The trail is very well maintained. I wish that I had this trail at home. Once the trail began, there were no markings. Ask around the NOC for directions. The NOC employee who issued my duckie at the put-in on the Nanty recommended Flint Ridge and gave great directions, but I forgot half.

Similar Products Used: Tsali is about 10 minutes away.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
ttaylor3   Cross Country Rider [Oct 05, 2003]

Flint Ridge Trail is marked by signs located uphill from the bridge and train tracks at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. The gentleman who gave me my duckie gave me excellent directions. Ask at the bike shop or anyone who works for the NOC. One sign pointed to the left, one to the right. I took the left and went steep uphill on asphault for a few minutes and continued uphill on a gravel road past an old raft bus/maintenance area, then right of a builing with a flashing red light. This took me into the woods on singletrack. Pedaling became easier because of the switchbacks. There were a lot of side trails. I took one fire road which didn't feel right. I backtracked back to singletrack and completed the loop. I came out into an open area overlooking the NOC compound below. I was probably a half a mile away and 500 feet higher. I took the steep jeep trail down. It was fast. The steep section leading to the start of the trail may intimidate anyone in marginal condition. I don't recommend this trail for new riders...unless they've hiked it first. It took me about 35 minutes.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
montymtb   Weekend Warrior [Jul 28, 2003]

If you want to try this trail, bring your legs, lungs and some experience. Not a trail for beginners. If you make a mistake on the switchbacks, you could be in a world of hurt. Nice loop and views at the top. I would suggest driving up the road to the trail as far as you can (unless you like climbing asphalt), but if you dont, as the previous review states, watch out for the waterbars crossing the road on the way back down. They are not painted, and one almost threw me off the bike.

Customer Service

Clockwise around the loop at the top

Similar Products Used: Tsali of course.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Allan Mc   [Apr 01, 2003]

This is apparently the first of a new group of trails to come out from NOC. There's only one trail so not worth the trip, but it's so close to Tsali it's worth the ride.
You start with 9 tight, tight switchbacks ascending the ridge behind NOC. It's very narrow and very tight.
It must climb about 500ft or at least it seems that much. Hard going, but do-able!
You plateau at the top for a few miles, riding the ridge through nicely packed trails. The end is a fast, steep descent that brings you back down in seconds. Just watch out for the dirt waterbars they've added - they'll throw you if you don't watch out.
Go on ride it, it makes a change from Tsali. And if enough people ride it then they'll add more soon.
3 stars - good first effort and shows promise.

Customer Service

Only one route aavailable

Similar Products Used: Tsali
OVERALL
RATING
3
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