Cycling in and around Rutherford County

The Rutherford Outdoor Coalition advocates for safe areas for mountain biking and road cycling. We coordinate with volunteers, educational institutions and elected officials to provide the needed maintenance and upkeep to local parks, roads and trails for cyclists. We also host an annual bike tour and partner with other organizations like Puzzle Creek Outdoors for group rides.

Road Cycling

Rutherford County is a great place to ride due to the light traffic and great natural beauty. We host the annual Tour de Pumpkin cycling tours to highlight our area. We also support our friends at the Rutherford Housing Partnership with their annual Gears and Gables tours. Our friends at Puzzle Creek Outdoors host group cycling rides, please contact them to get more info.

Road Cycling Maps

The eight routes listed below are some of the recommended routes ROC has developed. You may click on the route below and download a .pdf file with a map and cue sheet for each route listed below.

Mountain Biking

Rutherford County has a small but growing area for mountain biking at Buffalo Creek Park in Lake Lure. The park currently has 4.5 miles of trail, with more opening in the spring of 2018. Outside the county but close by both Lake James State Park and South Mountains State Park have mountain biking trails.

Check Out Biking Trails Below:


Bring a Map

Keep your maps in a plastic bag to protect them from the rain and know how to use them. GPS units are great, but they are not substitutes for knowing how to use a map and compass.