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overmountain victory trail

Average Rating:    (4.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

I have been riding mountain bikes for 18 years, and this trail is now in my top 3 for sure. I dare say that it is more fun than Tsali, although on a smaller scale. This one is usually ridden out and back, either from Bandits roost campground or from Kerr scott dam. I am blown away by the amount of work and insight that went into every berm and topography choice. My favorite piece is the 2.1 miles from mountain berry park to Bandit's Roost. There was a stretch there where I felt like I did not need to pedal for an entire mile. This whole trail flows and undulates in a brilliant way, and there are some really gorgeous parts of the woods that it passes through also. I cannot say enough about the amount of smiles that this out and back produced. I feel like I should write a poem instead of a review...
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Latitude
36.12165289125133
Longitude
-81.2490463256836
Trail Length
5.7
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
North Wilkesboro
State/Territory/Province
NC
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
March 1, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: deaconwillis ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A buddy and I drove over from Greensboro to tackle this network of trails, and led off with OVT from the Dam.

The trail was incredibly fun, flowy, and challenging from a cardiovascular standpoint. A good 75% of turns are bermed, allowing you to stay on the gas as long as you feel comfortable. The trail is not particularly technical, so most anyone comfortable on a mountain bike would be able to handle the trail just fine.

This trail is NOT easy overall. For every fun downhill, you have to earn it with an uphill climb. It's not horrible, but it IS work. I just don't want riders to think they're going to ride 12 miles of rollers when they embark on this trail. It's long gradual up, then amazing fun down, with a little more ascent and descent sprinkled in along the way. Once, as we were topping out on our 20th climb, my buddy says tongue in cheek "OVT is for beginners and small children..." We both laughed as we were running out of gas! But it's so much fun you just bomb the next downhill and don't regret the work at all to make it back up top.

The Shiner's Loop portion of this trail is a must-do. It's more rolling and very fast, and also bermed.

Recommended Route:
No matter.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Warrior Creek



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Review Date
October 6, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: njguglie ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is, by far, the best trail I have ever ridden. It is smooth, fast, and a whole lot of fun. The trail has berms in almost every turn, and is constantly changing elevations, but there aren't any lung-busting long climbs, or overly technical sections. With its proximity to dark mountain, it is easy to string together a long and rewarding loop.

Recommended Route:
Leaving from the visitors center, take the first turn-off to ride shiner's run, an optional 2.5 mile loop. Finish the trail, and turn around to return to the visitors center.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Definitely check out Dark Mountain, which is just on the other side of the dam



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Review Date
June 29, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: SURFRKEV ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
RODE THIS TRAIL TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME. WAS GREAT ALL HARD PACKED N.C. CLAY. LOT OF UP AND DOWN AND FAST SECTIONS. THIS TRAIL IS GREAT FOR BEGINERS AND IS A GREAT TIME FOR MORE ADVANCED RIDERS. THE TRAIL HAS BANKED TURNS ON EVERY DOWN HILL REALLY FUN OVERALL.

Recommended Route:
COMING OFF 268 WEST PARK IN THE PARKING LOT TO RIGHT OF THE GATE TO THE CAMPING AREA.



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Review Date
May 5, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: hendog ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I just rode this trail for the first time and was grinnin' and spinnin' like crazy. Thanks to Mike at Clark's Bike Shop for turning me onto this little gem. Excellent flow, huge bermed turns, great views of the lake... easily one of my favorite trails. There were times I felt like a little matchbox car zingin' around there... I will be back!

Recommended Route:
Start at the visitors center at Kerr Scott Lake and take it all the way to Bandit's Roost Campground and back. Hit the optional loop- also big fun- and you've got yourself a great fourteen to fifteen mile ride. Goes by quick cause it's so damn fun...



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Review Date
April 3, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: plantme777 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I have been riding mountain bikes for 18 years, and this trail is now in my top 3 for sure. I dare say that it is more fun than Tsali, although on a smaller scale. This one is usually ridden out and back, either from Bandits roost campground or from Kerr scott dam. I am blown away by the amount of work and insight that went into every berm and topography choice. My favorite piece is the 2.1 miles from mountain berry park to Bandit's Roost. There was a stretch there where I felt like I did not need to pedal for an entire mile. This whole trail flows and undulates in a brilliant way, and there are some really gorgeous parts of the woods that it passes through also. I cannot say enough about the amount of smiles that this out and back produced. I feel like I should write a poem instead of a review...

Recommended Route:
out and back/either way.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
dark mountain



Comments
Dedub-u (02/22/2009)
What can i say that hasn't already been said? This is one of my favorite places to ride, fast, fun and an all around great work out. I am blown away by the amount of work and man hours that went into building this trail! Bravo Men, Bravo!
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