Chapel Hill High School

3.94 out of 5
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↑ 500 ft
↓ 400 ft
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These trails are usually pretty crowded and a bit overridden. Nevertheless, you probably won't find this much single track anywhere else in the Triangle. To get to my favorite section, enter from the school parking lot, go straight on the wide trails and after about a third of a mile there will be a trail on the right. Get ready for some fast and narrow single track. Most of this section is only about four inches wider than your handlebars. A little lean to the left or right and it will seem like you're a downhill ski slalomer hugging the turns and knocking over those stiff poles (except in this case the stiff poles are young skinny pine trees). There are countless miles of trails out here so take a buddy and don't get lost!
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ December 31, 2002
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (18)

October 5, 2014
Review: Not a bad place to ride, especially for an in-town trail. I rode the airport side, and enjoyed it.

Trails tend to be very twisty and rooty. There's very little climbing, and not many flowy places where you can push speed or ride berms. This makes for technical riding in many spots, and because there are so many turns/trees/roots, there are many opportunities for low-speed falls.

As has been noted, signage is bad...very easy to get lost in here if you don't be careful. The good news is that there is a fire road that most trails cross or lead back to, and it serves as a connector if you need to bail out and head back.

All that said, it's worth riding and there are miles and miles to cover if you want to make a day of it.

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May 18, 2014
Review: Haven't really ridden enough of the high school side to say too much about it, but what I did ride was alright. Lots of pedestrian traffic. Skills area was pretty good. Airport side (across the street) was entertaining enough, but nothing that's made me make the drive back out there. I will eventually though. It's worth a second shot. Needs more jumps and stuff though.

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March 6, 2012
Review: Gradeated from Chapel Hill HS - class of 99. Nice trail, easy access - lots of interesting scenery and vantage points. Recommend.

Similar Trail: Opal Lake - Pagosa.

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August 28, 2010
Review: A lot of fun and very convenient to get to. Somewhat primitive in terms of marking and trail construction, but there is a big variety of trail style. I'm definitely an amateur but I didn't have any problem with any of the sections I rode. All in all the trails are all a blast to ride, the scenery is nice, and there is enough trail to keep you occupied all day.

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July 28, 2008
Review: The trails in this area are large not well marked but trails can be found in any skill level. The trails are broken North East to South West by train tracks and are broken by service roads in many places. This area is large and very tight and twisty, the lower levels can get quite muddy. The trails work their way around Bolin Creek. The trails are often confusing so take a map. Have fun, Take caution on some older wood bridges and jumps they are in bad shape.

Similar Trail: The South end of the trails by train tracks and estes extension is the extreme south of trails and also a blast.

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July 25, 2008
Review: I usually hit this trail system every time I'm in Chapel Hill. There is certainly fun to be had, with some decently flowy sections and technical challenges. Many of the trails are not built very well, unfortunately, and thus lack good flow and erode badly with rain. Most of the northshore style stunts have now rotted as well. Pity, as this place has the potential to be better.

Similar Trail: New Light

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February 20, 2008
Review: Trail has it all, beginner to technical, with some North Shore stuff to push your limits if you are so inclined. Go early morning on the weekends to avoid family and dog walkers.

Similar Trail: New Light, Little River, and Beaver Dam

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January 16, 2006
Review: i know ive added stuff on this one before. i just wanted to get it out there that after my ride today i noticed a lot more pedestrian traffic on the trails. a bunch of different dog walkers that made me stop. not too big of a problem becausethe place is so big, but just be alert.

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November 4, 2005
Review: Sweet singletrack indeed does describe these trails. Many little jumps for beginners or experts. Awesome ladders and so many ways to get around the trails. You can stay out all day or make a quick run because all the trails connect in some way.

Similar Trail: The trails just across the way near the airport across from the high school...these trails are very technical, however.

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November 4, 2005
Review: Sweet singletrack basically describes it. Many little jumps for beginners or experts. Awesome ladders and so many ways to get around the trails.

Similar Trail: the trails just across the way near the airport and the church across from the high school...these trails are quite technical too

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Chapel Hill High School MTB Trail 3.94 out of 5 based on 18 ratings. 18 user reviews.
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