Cedar Rock

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Cedar Rock is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cedar Mountain, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
875 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

washed out

hiking
2 months ago

It's actually quite easy, with the only real uphill portions being short and not very steep regardless. Definitely a great place for a family trip. We started the figure 8 with turning left for a clockwise loop and by the end of the lower loop, I *think* that the signs pointing you back to the parking lot are...backwards? I hate to say that because I'm sure it's me who read them wrong but I did the opposite of what they said after they led me back to Nook's portion, and I ended up at my car. (?)

2 months ago

This wasn’t as difficult as I was expecting. Nice views from the top. Wouldn’t recommend going when it’s too wet out because I can imagine the rocks getting pretty slick up there. Will do it again with friends/family but avoid bringing any little ones unless we stuck to the easier side of the mountain. Not the greatest views from below but would probably recommend for bikers.

hiking
4 months ago

We did this trail on Jan 8 and there was a lot ice on the trail. Busted my booty courtesy of the ice. We did the full figure 8 and the Nooks trail. Not much to see on the Nook trail but pretty. I would highly recommend taking the complete Cedar Rock Trail. The section unmarked on the map above has the most stunning views. The water in our bladders started freezing later in the day. Dress in layers with special attention to toes and fingers. We saw several of mountain bikers on the trail but no issues with getting in each other’s way. I would imagine in warmer weather that may be an issue. Mostly a lovely walk in the woods and beautiful frozen river views.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail. Very little foot traffic. Decent views but little water

9 months ago

Did 1/2 to little river as part of a figure 8. Nice trail hiking mostly over rock so slippery in the rain. Nice views.

9 months ago

Awesome private view on Thursday about 1 mile from parking!

hiking
10 months ago

great views from atop The rock

hiking
Monday, February 06, 2017

Nice area with varied terrain. Lots of bikers depending on day of week and time of day. Weekday mornings are great. Lots of trails to connect to giving you the option to shorten or lengthen your hike as you see fit.

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

Wonderful Hike - Fall colors were beautiful. I will hike it again.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 12, 2015

Nice but bumpy bike ride down from Big Rock!

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

My buddy and I did this loop in early April. We had not read any detailed reviews, so we weren't expecting much. We rode Frozen Creek earlier in the day, and it was a lot of steep uphill walking. In short, Cedar Creek is over the top. Fantastic fun!!

mountain biking
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Park at Cornmill Shoals park area, go across the street, take a left and head straight up a very technical climb then the fun begins! Cedar Rock was part of Mountain Biking Magazines 10 best Epic Rides in the USA. I hope this gives you and idea of what to expect. The trail hits rock at the top of the mountain, super fast and downhill from there, it just might possibly be the most fun I've ever had on a MB! Amazing views and some of the best waterfalls you will ever see are in the area! This trail in particular with it's connector trails is one way to access Bridal Veil Falls but not so close to Triple Falls. Enjoy! Be prepared to be WOWED!

mountain biking
Sunday, August 08, 2010

I arrived nice and early at a dry Corn Mill Shoals Car Park, there was just one car there, with a bike rack!!.. Luvly Jubly!!

My ride today was going to be fast, and it was going to be damn right mental!!, so I opted for the 3 best trails in the DuPont Forest, and I did not do this loop once, I did it 2.5 times..

My loop..

Corn Shoals onto veered left to climb Big Rock at the top I took a left and hamerd down Cedar Rock like a greased whippet needing a spot to shit! then onto Little River Trail heading for Burnt Mountain Climbed anti clockwise up Burnt Mountain, and really opened up on the downhill, seeing as this is my 4th ride on Burnt Mountain, it was very early, and there where no cars in the parking area, I really gave this fantastic downhill everything I had, there where sections that I jumped, I stayed airborne so long, I could have read a newspaper whilst in the air!! At the bottom of Burnt Mountain, I picked up Little River again, and headed back to Cedar Rock for a fantastic climb on slick rock, and then at the top I flew down Big Rock, although by now I was slighty on edge, and was more careful not to crash into a human, a horse or a dog, or knowing my luck, all three at once!!

Safely down the bottom of Big Rock, I headed back to the Parking, 100% content!!

This figure of eight loop mentioned here is an absolute MUST!!, however, I have 2 mayor issues with it, the first, is that it is a bit short, I really believe that if you could somehow make this ride an extra hour longer, it would be in the same league as the notorious rides in places such as Moab and Bend.
My second big issue I have with this ride, is, and I admit a selfish one, but you seriously have to ditch hikers and horses!!.. this track can be way to busy to get the max out of it. I am a reasonable fella, so I suggest they allow hikers and horses on Tuesday morning before 8am!!.

On a serious note, this loop is extremely fast and fun, but Please be careful and never forget that we are sharing the trails with others.

My Trail Rating : 8.5 / 10

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