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 30.5 miles of singletrack trail .
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. 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.
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Piedmont Area Rides
For a list of Charlotte area road and mountain rides, click on the links below.