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Exploring Gaston County, N.C., by bike is perhaps the best way to gain an appreciation for what makes this the go-to spot for outdoor recreation in the region. Spencer and Crowders Mountain burst skyward from the surrounding piedmont and miles of creeks and rivers carve pathways through the tree canopy on their journey from mountains to sea.
From flowy riverside trails and paved greenways to granny-gear climbs, rock gardens, and screaming descents, you’ll find mountain and road rides for any level of cyclist. Mostly, you’ll just find it hard to believe you’re 100 miles east of the Appalachians and just minutes from uptown Charlotte. No matter how you like to ride your bike, you can find something in Gaston County.