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Mountain Biking Along the South Fork River in McAdenville, NC

Updated: Aug 30, 2023



The South Fork River Trail

119 Willow Drive, McAdenville, NC 28101


The South Fork River trail is a natural surface trail located along the South Fork of the Catawba River in McAdenville, NC. Access to the trail can be found just beyond the parking lot for the Boathouse on the edge of this historic mill town. Unload and hop on the trail.


The South Fork Trail is a natural surface trail built with a moderate level of difficulty and will take you along the South Fork River on a 2 mile long journey, 4 miles round trip.



Hop on the trail and head north, the trail sneaks under the I-85 bridge and quickly meanders through a quiet section of woods along the river.



Marked at the 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 mile points, the trail ends near the cul-de-sac of a residential neighborhood where you can turn around and make your way back to the starting point.

While no parking is available at this end, there is pedestrian access for neighborhood residents.



The land surrounding this trail is on the Pharr Yarns Preserve. This is a historic trail twas originally used by the Native Americans and then utilized by settlers for textile mills. There were two mills in the woods along the trail.

Special Note: While the trail is relatively flat, there are a number of areas that have the potential for flooding during heavy rainfall. Mountain bikers should take caution on this trail after heavy rainfalls.


Learn more about this and other trails along the Carolina Thread Trail.