Places to mountain bike in metro
McIntosh Run Trail System
Park at the end of Albaster Way.
This trail system is a unique area that features granite outcrop in an elongated pattern. The trails follow the granite along ridges and frequently connect to adjacent ridges. Some features in this system are advanced, but work is ongoing to develop beginner and intermediate trails. Once known as Fight Trail, this area is now the first MTB trail in HRM to be sanctioned by municipal and provincial governments. A second trail entrance at Norawarren Drive features beginner trails through a more densely forested area. These trails do not yet connect to the others, but plans are in the works to make that happen.
Mountain biking outside of metro
The Railyard - Victoria Park
The Railyard Mountain Bike Park is located in Truro's Victoria Park and contains over 40 kilometers of bike trails. Located minutes from downtown Truro, here you'll find some of the best mountain biking in Nova Scotia. The park is a free public facility and provides mountain bike riding opportunities for all skill levels from beginners through to extreme riders.
These private trails in Gore, NS (about 45 minutes from Halifax) flow smoothly through the forested rolling hills at the back of a dairy farm. Berms and fun, fast descents are prominent features on these purpose-made trails. Great for beginners and experts alike, these are fast, flowing trails, constantly improving each year. Bring a $5 bill for the honesty box.
The Gorge, kentville
Site of a 2018 Canada Cup Mountain Bike Race, the Gorge are purpose-built intermediate trails in a forested hillside near the town of Kentville. Although the sanctioned trails are not extensive, they link to many other trails including P2 and the Bird Sanctuary, creating a large and fun-filled two hour loop of mostly fast, smooth trails. A small skills park is located at the parking area.
This intermediate trail system is not the biggest, but it has many fun loops and interesting gypsum geography. Based around sports fields and an archery club, these trails have something for everyone.
The Wolfville Reservoir is an example of what beginner mountain biking trails should look like. These purpose-built singletrack trails are designed with beginners in mind.There are three loops with double track between them and a skills park with many different wooden features, including a teeter-totter, drops, jumps, wall ride, bridges, and berms. Bring your kids here to learn how to mountain bike.
victoria park, truro
This park features trails for all skills levels including a skills park. Lots of berns, technical features, crusher dust, and hills to keep you on your toes. Victoria's Secret Mountain Bike Race has been held here every year in May for more than 20 years. Don't forget to check out the waterfalls before leaving.
Keppoch Mountain is a former ski resort located just outside of Antigonish. They have been hard at work the last few years building trails, buildings, and offering up shuttle service for the only DH park in Nova Scotia. There are plenty of cross-county trails here, too, so anybody can have fun at this park.