Northern Iredell County boasts some of the best cycling in the state of North Carolina. The area is blessed with a system of rural roads that are lightly trafficked with rural scenery that is rapidly disappearing in the southern part of the county. The local terrain is mostly moderate rolling hills with few truly flat areas. The further north you ride, the bigger the hills. If you look hard enough, there are even a handful of dirt roads left for those looking for a little more primitive riding (try finding that in Charlotte!).
While on your ride, there are plenty of interesting sites to check out in and near Iredell County.
In the Troutman area, stop for a bottle wine at Daveste Vineyards or take a ride through scenic Lake Norman State Park. The park is home of the Itusi Mountain Bike Trails which currently has 18+ miles of singletrack trail with a planned expansion to over 30 miles.
A little further north in Statesville, there are more sights to take in. Most of our ride routes begin at First Flight Bicycles in historic Downtown Statesville. If you enjoy the history of the bicycle, check out the MOMBAT collection of 450+ bikes which is housed at First Flight Bicycles. Several of the popular road routes will take you right past the Iredell County Museum which is located on the Statesville Greenway. The Signal Hill Trail offers 4 miles of singletrack trail within the Statesville City Limits. If you are coming through in October, don't miss the Carolina BallooonFest featuring 50+ hot air balloons.
Heading north of Statesville, take a break at the Fort Dobbs historic site which dates from the French and Indian War. The next popular stop on the trek northward is the western town of Love Valley. Several other destinations that lie just outside Iredell County include Murray's Mill and the gem mines of Hiddenite. If you are feeling especially strong, Brushy Mountain is a challenging destination and makes a nice 80 mile round trip ride from Statesville.
Now available: Iredell County road ride routes PDF
To explore some of the scenic country mentioned above, plan on riding the Eau de Vie Metric Century.Tuesday
One of my favorite rides. Fairly flat and fast beginning with a very good climb in the middle and rolling ending. This ride gives you a little bit of everything the road can throw at you.
Rolling roads will keep you smiling the whole time. The section on 64 is a little busy with traffic
The first 3/4 of this ride is hilly but you are rewarded with a long ride on Midway Rd which is one of the fastest roads around
Some rolling hills with a couple longer flat roads. We use this route to make most of our rides especially longer rides.
If you try all of these and are looking for more, Wes is always trying to add more routes on his profile located here
North Carolina Rides
Piedmont Area Rides
For a list of Charlotte area road and mountain rides, click on the links below.
Tarheel Trailblazer Calendar
The Trailblazers keep a comprehensive calendar of rides and meetings on their calendar page.
For a list of local mountain bike trails, click below."When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." H. G. Wells
Eau de Vie Metric Century II
The Crossroads/Cackalacky event had a good run. Check out reports from the previous events.
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