Mountain biking


Our trails are epic!

In 2012, five trails within the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area received the International Mountain Biking Association’s coveted “epic” designation. In so doing, the Big South Fork became the first national park unit in the United States with IMBA-designated epic bike trails.

That, of course, is no surprise. The Big South Fork already had more miles of designated bike trails than any other national park in the continental U.S.

The list of designated bike trails in the BSF continues to grow. For the most current list of bike-designated trails within the national park, we encourage you to consult the Big South Fork Bike Club.

The Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area has developed several mountain bike trails within the 125,000-acre park. In addition, biking is allowed on most horse trails in the park and on shoulders of highways and all backcountry roads within the park.


Duncan Hollow Loop – A 5.3-mile ride (3 miles of which is on gravel road) beginning and ending at Bandy Creek.

Collier Ridge Loop – An 8.0-mile ride (3.6 miles of which is on gravel and paved roads) beginning and ending at Bandy Creek.

West Bandy Trail – An extension from Collier Ridge Loop to West Bandy Road.

Grand Gap Loop Trail – A time-sharing plan has been put into place on the Grand Gap Loop hiking trail along the western edge of the Big South Fork River gorge. Mountain bikes are permitted on the trail on weekdays while only hiking is permitted on weekends.


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