Big South Fork Bike Trails

The Big South Fork contains 416 miles of trails.  A large portion of these are open to mountain biking.  The trails listed below are accessible from the Bandy Creek Visitor Center and are probably the most popular for mountain biking.  The National Park Service uses trail markers to designate trail uses. With a few exceptions, the trails open to mountain bikes have difficulty ratings ranging from beginner to intermediate. 

Duncan Hollow – 2.3 miles of singletrack

Collier Ridge – 4.4 to 5.5 miles of singletrack, depending on the route taken.  One route option has a short section rated as advanced difficulty.

West Bandy – 3 miles of singletrack

The two trails below are open to both hikers and bikers.  In the summer of 2012, the park staff removed the weekend restrictions on them and they are now open to mountain biking every day of the week.  They can be combined into an 18 to 28 mile ride, depending on the starting point. 

Trail Signs
Angel Falls Overlook in fall

Both of these trails pass rockshelters and cliffline overlooks of the river.  Be extremely careful in these areas and be prepared to walk your bike when necessary. Also be prepared to walk your bike at some stream crossings and to carry it, cyclocross style, at a ladder. 

Grand Gap Loop – a 6.4-mile loop trail of mostly flat and smooth singletrack with a few technical sections.

John Muir Trail – a 7.5-mile point-to-point segment of the long-distance hiking trail.  Like the Grand Gap Loop, it is mostly flat and smooth.

Rock Creek Loop - John Muir Trail - Chestnut Ridge Trails - a network of trails in the northwest corner of the park offering out-and-back and/or loop rides of up to 18 miles.

Check back soon for more trail information.

More information is available on the National Park Service website:

General information on mountain biking at BSF

Bike trail descriptions

Printable mountain biking brochure and trail map


Trail EtiquitteKnow and follow proper trail riding etiquette for continued mountain biking access.