Central North Carolina is home to several great mountain biking trails located minutes from craft breweries, locally owned places to eat and other exciting spots to explore.
Check off each Cabarrus County trail included in the sample itinerary below, then extend your stay by adding a few rides throughout the Charlotte region and planning a multi-day mountain biking excursion. Be sure to build in plenty of time to tour, shop and experience the area during your adventure!
Gear Up and Go Cabarrus
If you’re an avid mountain biker, chances are you’re already outfitted with the gear you need to hit the trail in comfort and style. If you’re just starting out or need a refresh, be sure to visit Cabarrus Cycling Co. in Downtown Kannapolis, a family-owned bicycle shop that serves all types of cyclists.
Ready to ride?
Cabarrus County’s trails offer options for both beginner and experienced mountain bikers. Choose your adventure, then relax and refuel after your ride at local restaurants that offer good eats and a laid-back vibe. Or go from trails to ales– Cabarrus County is home to several craft breweries!
Day 1: Brown Mill Trail & Downtown Concord
The City of Concord’s first mountain bike trail is a must-ride! This intermediate trail is 4.25-miles and features a mix of hand built and machine cut trails with dips, berms, jumps, switchbacks and a gravity cavity. Open from dawn to dusk, the Brown Mill Mountain Bike Trail is also open to run or hike.
Afterwards, hop in the car or back on your bike and take a short ride to Downtown Concord. This historic district offers several spots to sip a cold one, have a hearty meal, shop locally made wares, and be entertained with the whole family.
Stroll downtown to find a storied ice cream shop, arcade bar, Cuban cuisine, handmade leather goods, cat café, an escape room and so much more! Right off of Union Street, Southern Strain Brewing Company and in-house Hot Box Next Level Kitchen are the ultimate match for small batch beer and globally inspired dishes.
Day 2: Rocky River Trail & Harrisburg Half
Both located near Harrisburg town center, these two trails can be covered in one day for double the fun! Or opt for the one that best suits your skill level. Rated intermediate/difficult, the Rocky River Trail is 14.3 miles of fast downhills, chunky technical terrain, and the area’s toughest climbs while Harrisburg Half is a half-mile loop consisting of a short climb, switchbacks, and doubles. Located at Harrisburg Park, plan to enjoy the Harrisburg Half Trail any time of year or coordinate your schedule to include a special event such as the “Rockin’ The Burg” concert series.
Recharge after your ride! Just around the corner from each these trails, Harrisburg’s local hangouts have plenty of delicious refreshments to choose from. Visit Vortex Bottle Shop for a charcuterie-style menu and vast selection of wine and Carolina beer or stop in Percent Tap House and Pharr Mill BBQ & Brewing, two local breweries offering fresh brews and plenty of entertainment on their calendars.
More Trails to Try
The Carolina Thread Trail meanders through Cabarrus and these segments each feature mountain biking opportunities.
Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail (Mt. Pleasant)
Hector H. Henry II Greenway – Mills at Rocky River Segment (Concord)
Irish Buffalo Creek Greenway (Kannapolis)
Pharr Family Preserve Trail (Midland)
Check out these trails found throughout the greater Charlotte area and create your own customized MBT itinerary!
Sherman’s Branch (Mint Hill)
US National Whitewater Center (Charlotte)
Lake Norman State Park (Troutman)
Plan Your Stay
Find the perfect accommodations for your mountain biking adventure with this list of Places to Stay in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. For more inspiration on family-friendly attractions and thrilling activities including indoor skydiving, race car ride alongs and more, check out these Things to Do!