Opened in 2015, the 7-mile Swift Creek Trail System at Pocahontas has been a popular go-to spot for kids and adults who enjoy mountain biking. It contains multiple flow-style and progressive trails ranging from beginner to expert level. Several of them can even accommodate MTB riders. If you’re looking for a scenic, quiet trail with a good view of the Swift Creek, make sure to check out this trail system!
The best place to begin the ride is in Gateway 1, a relatively flat region with rollers, banks, and other features built into an extra-wide tread. There is a skinny buried on the same level for beginners and pros who want to practice holding their line.
After completing both Gateway Loops, find the entrance to Bell Lap, a downward flow trail that can be revisited through singletrack or fire road climbs. It is a one-way loop trail with a downhill path leading to a small section of the fire road at the bottom. Following the fire road, turn right onto Singletrack to climb back to the Blueberry Hill trailhead. Don’t worry, it will be an easy, pleasant climb through woodlands and pines. If you’re fit, you could even ride it quickly. Who knows? You might even encounter a jump or TTF on your way up.
Once you’ve climbed to the top of the Bell Lap, turn left on the Blueberry Hill Loop. Below the Forest Exploration crossing lies a convenient spot where you can rest on a bench and take water breaks. However, exercise caution when riding through this part as the trail intersects with popular walking trails and Forest Roads.
Once you’ve completed Blueberry Hill, you can go back to the trailhead via the access trail or add another lap or two, depending on your choice.
Keep in mind that the trails are on gravel fire roads which get quite muddy after the rain. You might also encounter a lot of baby frogs along the way.
As the name suggests, the Swift Creek Trail offers a scenic view of Swift Creek within a quiet, beautiful woodland. Along the way, you might spot a campground, tree canopy, and some fauna like deer and frogs.
We highly suggest that you take this trail when the weather is nice and sunny to avoid muddy trails and flooded areas. After all, the majority of the trail is shaded by trees.
Make sure to bring a map as well to avoid getting lost in the woods. Apparently, there are not enough signages within the area. Therefore, some visitors find it difficult to find their way around the trail.