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.
Trailhead is located about 10 miles east of Albemarle, NC on HWY 24/27 at the entrance/parking area for the Uwharrie National Forest. There are standard USFS Information Boards with area and trail maps at this parking area. Maps are highly recomended for those who are not very familiar with this area. They are available at the web link listed below.
NOTE-This trail starts at the Wood Run Hunt Camp, located about 1.75 miles down the gated Forest Service road, and is marked by a flexible fiberglass 'wand.'
Summary: 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: firstname.lastname@example.org , 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?
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.
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Other recommended trails in the same area: Keyauwee
Review Date June 24, 2003
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: REZ
, from Raleigh
Summary: Per other reviews, the trail is fun and fast and a good warm-up or if training. Lacks difficulty and a great place for beginners or a mixed group of riders.
Recommended Route: Rode clockwise 2x
Review Date April 18, 2003
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: BDJ
, from Chapel Hill, NC
Summary: Me and a few of my Friends are big into moutain biking. We ride the trail on a nice saturday mourning. We went to the trailhead and started. Most of the trail is downhill or an easy incline. We aveaged about 20mph and did the trail in 30 minutes. It is very fast and fun. If you like riding and aren't a technical person, this is your trail.
Recommended Route: Just take the Loop, you can add some extra parts but the trail is fun
Other recommended trails in the same area: Kiwawi and a new trail, the new trail is wicked, I walked most of the trail.
Review Date August 31, 2002
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: Tommy
, from Albemarle
Summary: Time and Route: It takes me about 45 minutes to ride this course from the parking lot, down Woodrun road, ride Supertree, and return on Woodrun road to the parking lot. I almost never ride this way. I ride Supertree and Keyauwee as one circle in about 90 minutestotal 11.3 miles. I prefer this route so that I can keep from riding a long section of Woodrun road, a gravel road. Effort: Supertree will give you plenty of exercise. There is a good bit of climbing but none of is as strenuous as Keyauwee. You can get your heart rate up as high as you need and really burn some calories. Course..surface. It has some single track but is mostly fire road of which several hundred yards were scraped because they did a controlled burn several months back. Short sections can get muddy after a rain. During the dry months, it is usually ok after a day or less. There is one creek to ride through on the coursebone dry at the present. As of this week the trail is clear and ready to ride. Dont ride it if you are looking for technical single track. Do ride it for great exercise in the Uwharries especially if you are a beginner. If you are looking for a longer ride combine it with Keyauwee. If you are looking for an even longer ride, ride Supertree counterclockwise, turn right on Woodrun Roadgo about 3 milesturn around and return to the trail junction of Wood Run, Supertree, and Keyauwee, turn right on Keyauwee and ride it counterclockwise. Keyauwee ends at Woodrun Roadturn right and go 1.5 miles to the parking lot. If this is confusing, there are maps on the bulletin board. The last mile of Woodrun road sometimes becomes overgrown with small pines. In summary, it isnt a kiddie ride, but kids could ride it. Dont pass up this trail unless you are a purist looking for technical single track. There are some nice jumps. If you are a beginnerstart here.
Recommended Route: Counterclockwise
Other recommended trails in the same area: Keyauwee-Experienced Mtn Bikers
Review Date July 7, 2001
Overall Rating 1 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: Biker
, from Salisbury,NC
Summary: This trail when riden clockwise is 75% gravel car/truck road. This trail has very little singletrack and was a major dissapointment. If you want real dirt trails ride Beech Springs or North Meck.
Recommended Route: Skip the trail unless you like gravel roads. Most of the trail is a forest service road newly covered with loss big gravel. It frankly, stinks!