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George Poston Park Trail System

Location George Poston Park, Gastonia NC
State(s) North Carolina
Counties Gaston
Type Mountain Bike Trail
Length 10.00 Miles / 16.09 Km Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: Fern Bank Ride
Fern Bank Ride

The land for the 344 acre George Poston Park was a gift to Gaston County from George and Edith Poston in 1987. Mr. Poston used the property for recreational purposes and wanted to see the land preserved as naturally as possible. The first phase of the park, featuring eight athletic fields and a horseshoe complex opened to the public in 2001. The park’s Master Plan also included trails, picnic areas, a lake, playgrounds and a park office. In 2005, representatives from Piedmont Area Singletrack Alliance (PASA) requested approval from Gaston County to build mountain bike trails at Poston Park. Park officials and PASA created a Memorandum of Understanding for the trail building and maintenance and construction began in 2006. The entire mountain bike trail was constructed only with hand tools. PASA volunteers include certified trail builders, trained in the latest environmentally sustainable trail building and maintenance techniques. Since beginning construction in 2006, trail construction is on-going with ten miles of trail on the ground and another 5 miles of future trail planned. To date volunteers have logged more than 5000 hours building and maintaining trails. Annually, Gaston County Parks and Recreation and PASA renew the MOU agreement that defines the responsibilities of each party. PASA is responsible for trail building and routine maintenance and Gaston County provides funding for capital improvements including bridges, parking, and restrooms. This unique (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: 7 am - Time Closes: 11 pm



From I-85, Take Exit 22. At top of exit ramp, turn right onto Main Street, Main Street will turn into Lowell- Spencer Mountain Road.
Go approximately 2.5 miles; George Poston Park will be on the left.


Additional Information

Width: 36 inches.

Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted

Secondary Surface: Boardwalk
Rock, smooth

Average Grade: 8%

Elevation Low Point: 650

Elevation High Point: 1000

Year Designated: 2015

Date Last Updated: 06/11/2015


Contact Information

Public Contact:
Cathy Hart
Gaston County Parks and Recreation
Gaston County Parks and Recreation
PO Box 1578
Gastonia , NC 28053


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