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US National Trails Day: 50 Trails Across 50 States

Jun 1, 2024
by Holly Duncan  
Pucker Up - Colorado Image GrandEnduro

June 1st marks National Trails Day in the US - and if you ask me... a pretty solid excuse to get out, get dirty, and ride your favourite trail. To celebrate this epic day and the trail associations that keep us rolling, I've put together a list of 50 mountain bike trails across 50 states (in alphabetical order). Whether you're down for a lake loop, fast flow or a cross-country cruise, there's a trail out there with your name on it. So once you've finished your morning coffee or 3, grab your helmet, lube your chain, start recording your ride and get after it.

*The selected trails are a direct reflection of Trailforks user-generated data, filtered by global ranking. If you want to make sure that your own riding has an impact on lists like this one, you can do so by syncing your Strava or connecting your device to Trailforks, or better yet simply use the recording feature in the Trailforks app itself!



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ALABAMA
Lightning
Sweet home...
























































































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MINNESOTA
Bobsled Loop
Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, its bobsled time. - Sanka Coffie, Cool Runnings.












bigquotesWhoa, we're half way there
Whoa oh, livin' on air
Take my hand, we'll make it, I swear.

Ok - now that you've had a breather, we're heading to the wild and untamed state of Montana!















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NEW HAMPSHIRE
Cat's Paw
This trail is the cat's meow.




















































































Chainless DH Racin
WYOMING
Otter Slide
You otter check this one out!




...annnnnnd you made it. Time to go hit the trails!

If you want to support your local trails and earn some Trail Karma, consider donating to your favourite riding area. 100% of the contributions go torward helping local associations and builders maintain and develop the trails we all love!

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55 Comments
  • 16 0
 No selection criteria whatsoever.. states with huge mountains represented by trails with 100 ft descents?
  • 6 0
 Horsethief for Colorado... 375 feet of climbing. LOL
  • 4 0
 @sooner518: Wouldn't be my pick either but Horsethief is still iconic IMO. States like CO are impossible to to pick for because there are so many great riding zones, let alone single trails.
  • 14 2
 For NM you picked a lift served DH trail at a bike park… there are so many amazing, backcountry, epic pedal trails that are a better pick for the true spirit of mountain biking, in my opinion.
  • 3 1
 Trailforks users picked it.
  • 1 5
flag birdsandtrees FL (Jun 1, 2024 at 8:17) (Below Threshold)
 Name a couple?
  • 10 0
 Why is the trail for MS in MN?
  • 8 0
 Because Duluth's trail system is just that awesome
  • 1 0
 @hcholman14: BOB > Bobsled
  • 5 0
 Pinkbike, please use more parameters before making this list.
If trail is longer than 1km, and trail decent > climb. Sort by number of rides, then state.

You have such a great dataset and all of these articles feel like clickbait to see how far off you all are. I know it looks like a lot of conversation but it’s all discussing how far off you are…
  • 7 0
 Seriously picked the lamest trails. So much more to offer in all of these states.
  • 1 0
 You’ve ridden in all 50 states?
  • 7 0
 TF is the rider doing for NJ? Seems fitting for the state.
  • 3 0
 Don’t stop in the DFW area to try and ride the North Shore loops. Been closed for a month, and the lake is so high they’re going to be closed for another couple. Too much rain. Welcome to North Texas.

If the weather is nice enough to ride, the trails are closed. If it’s miserable, ride your heart out.
  • 2 0
 Hilarious, a lot of these trails are so short you would hardly notice them for the seconds you are on them. Shout out to the classics though. Funny that Flume photo is not on the actual trail. Also that's not the best in California (Downieville, Paradise Royale, Nobel). Guess when you scrape the TF DB, you need better filters. lol
  • 3 0
 BOB’s / Bones Of the Beast is in Minnesota not Mississippi… only calling it out because I lived there and loved that trail!
  • 2 0
 Top picture is 'Pucker Up' @ Lunchloops - Grand Junction CO. If you're here to ride HorseThief, would def recommend riding LL. Especially if you link FreeLunch, Pucker, Moto..Good stuff
  • 4 0
 Big rock is definetely a great, hard wearing trail. I agree with this haha
  • 2 0
 So many great trails in AZ, and they picked slim shady lol. Must have asked the local customers at the bike store that only sells NX kit bikes.
  • 1 0
 Ranked by TF user database.
  • 3 1
 This is pretty much a flow trail list. If you have time make some lists based on specific criteria. Steepest, most techy, etc.
  • 2 2
 It's really not surprising. 90% of PB readers and staff only like riding flow trails.
  • 1 1
 Outside is trying to turn PB into the next Vail of MTB media. RESIST
  • 4 1
 Yep these are certainly 50 trails in 50 states. That's it. No other criteria lol.
  • 3 0
 3 Saws for MD? It's a climbing trail. So many other good trails at the Shed to choose from.
  • 3 0
 Kubla Khan would have been my pick I think. Or evolution. Or anything else there.
  • 2 0
 Voodoo is probably the worst trail they could have chosen for Washington. Come on, we have some of the best riding in North America and that is the pick???
  • 1 0
 It's not the worst, but it's far from the best. Almost any trail from Bellingham would have been a better pick.

Side note: I think they made the list based on data from Trailforks, like what the most ridden trail in each state is. If that's the case, then I have to wonder, is it a coincidence that the most ridden trail in Washington just happens to have 69 feet of decending?
  • 1 0
 Virginia is home to some of the techiest back country riding around, and we go with a green flow trail. Full disclosure, that trail is a lot of fun, especially after a long day of riding.
  • 3 2
 Ok…Maine has way way way better trails then Unchained…we have mtns, we hosted EWS races, I realize this is just ranked by user data or something, but ugg..
  • 3 0
 I know, i was thinking that… just a mile long blue flow trail is apparently what maine has to offer
  • 3 0
 Oh cool. I didn't know Duluth was in Mississippi.
  • 3 0
 Flow Trail is reppin the entire state of CA? LOL.
  • 3 0
 I'm surprised Bellingham wasn't listed for Washington.
  • 3 2
 Bellingham’s really not that great. I would skip it.
  • 1 1
 Bellingham is overrated. They were unique for a while but now there are trail systems like theirs in many many places.
  • 1 0
 @vertex66: Do you really believe that Voodoo is better than all Bellingham has to offer?
  • 2 0
 If they were laid end to end, it would be a good ride (not like that you animals)
  • 3 0
 Kitchel for Vermont? Cmon!
  • 4 0
 Worst trail haha
  • 3 0
 The Virginia pick has be the worst of the 50.
  • 4 1
 Fun list. Nice job
  • 1 0
 I clicked through 3 random trails near the start, and 2 of them are currently listed as "closed" Smile
  • 2 0
 Sharing is caring, unless caring is sharing the goods
  • 2 2
 You would think that the US are incredibly flat, besides porcupine rim. But I’m sure there’s a reason why MOUNTAINbike trails with very little altitude are chosen…
  • 1 0
 Yea pretty lame that most of the trials featured here are less than a mile long. Wtf
  • 2 0
 I’ve collected 7 of these trails. Need to collect all 50!
  • 1 0
 I believe Berm in Florida is still closed.
  • 1 1
 Came just for the comments. hahahaha. Having lived in the southeast I find the list amusing at best.
  • 2 0
 Fred chosen
  • 1 2
 The amount of trails in this list that are lift access is dumb as hell who made this shit??
  • 1 1
 NC should be Kitsuma, Bennet Gap, Avery Creek, or Ridgeline...
  • 1 1
 ridgeline yes, the others? no. Black mountain, hemloch epoch...
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