Mountain biking is the U.S.’s fastest-growing form of outdoor recreation, and there are few better places to peddle your bike than the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area.

The BSF is America’s only national park to receive the coveted “epic” rating from the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). The single-track trails in the BSF wind through some of the park’s most beautiful and rugged terrain. The original “epic” rating covered five of those trails — Collier Ridge Loop, West Bandy, Duncan Hollow Loop, Grand Gap Loop and the John Muir Trail. All are located in close proximity to Bandy Creek and can be connected to make one long ride of around 35 miles. Since then, a separate trail — Chestnut Ridge — has been added on the north side of the park.

Additionally, most horse trails in the Big South Fork are open to mountain biking, as are the backcountry gravel roads. The shoulders of the paved roads through the BSF are perfect for road bikers.

For more information, visit the Big South Fork Bike Club’s website.

Did you know? Mountain biking has become the No. 3 most-popular activity in the Big South Fork (behind hiking and horseback riding). The park’s IMBA-rated “epic” trails are only a 15-minute drive from Williams Creek.