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Warrior Creek Trails, Overmountain Victory Trail, Dark Mountain Trails

(updated: Jan 14, 2011)

There are actually three trail systems located at W Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir: The Warrior Creek Trails, The Overmountain Victory Trail (OVT), and the Dark Mountain Trails.

Of the three, Warrior Creek is probably my favorite because it has the best quality singletrack - the way it is laid out and how it just flows, with lots of really awesome berms, and you don't have to think about which way to go. 12 miles or so here, with new trail being added.

Part of the Warrior Creek trail is actually the Overmountain Victory Trail. This is more open riding, easier for beginners. Maybe 5 miles here.

Dark Mountain has the most climbing involved, and is more difficult to follow with a bunch of numbered trails and splits in the trail. #6 is particularly good. Not sure what the distance is total...maybe 6 miles.

They're all good trails, and you can connect all of them for an epic ride if you want.

I've only camped at the Warrior Creek Campground. These are fairly new sites that are really large, with water and electric supply. So they are more for RVs and trailers than car campers, especially since there are only two bathrooms with showers in the entire facility. There are two group camp areas as well, one with a great view of the reservoir. The campground is gated and well patrolled. I would not recommend driving around the check-in office if the line is backed up either.

The best thing about this site is that the trail essentially goes right through it, so you can just hop on the trail right from your campsite. There's also a place to launch your boat, fishing, and a neat tunnel under the road to go through in your kayak or canoe. It's a big lake, and you can explore for hours.

Warrior Creek Campground is located right off of 268 on the right just after you cross the bridge.

If you drive, or ride, to the dam, this is where the Dark Mountain trailhead is. There is also a small gravel path by the trailhead to walk around or take the little kids.

Be sure to check out the Brushy Mountain Cyclists web page. This is the club that builds and maintains the trails, and they do an awesome job. If you enjoy the trails, consider donating money, time, or both. Bike clubs always need funds and volunteers.

Before leaving make sure you stop by the Wilkes County (Lowes) Park and check out the BMX track and skate park.


View Warrior Creek Trails in a larger map

Dark Mountain Trailhead, near bottom of dam. There's even a bike wash.


View from top of dam, with Dark Mountain parking and exercise loop below.


Warrior Creek Trailhead. The sign says 9.5 miles but is actually more like 12, with more trail being added.



Filed Under: Trail Info > North Carolina > Wilkesboro



AVERAGE RATING: (2 ratings)



1. zm gave it:

when you are up there make sure you support the local shop - Brushy Mtn Cycles. They're in downtown N. wilkesboro and the owner is a rider's rider.....

May 13, 2012 @ 1:09 AM




2. sir trolls-a-lot gave it:

standard setting trail building

Jan 25, 2011 @ 9:35 PM



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