Chapel Hill High School

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3.89 out of 5
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Intermediate
10
miles

Singletrack
↑ 500 ft
↓ 400 ft
438
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
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 January 1, 2003
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

September 8, 2015
mattlax20 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Eh...I love that it says 10 miles...10 miles based on what?? You could get 3 miles or you could get 20 miles out of this thing depending on what routes you take and whether or not you end up backtracking several times. Nothing is really marked besides these random little arrows, which make no sense since the entire system is multi-directional. It's basically a make your own ride kind of deal. I always find it a bit frustrating because making up my own routes results in pauses in my workout where I'm stopping and looking around to pick a direction. I'd say it's nice for a random ride to try something new, but overall not a great trail system until they get better signage out there. I tend to prefer the airport side (which is a great trail run btw) a little more than the high school side.

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Gramcounter

October 5, 2014
JRDinATL Gramcounter  
 
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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Bunny Hop

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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Gramcounter

March 7, 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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Granny Gear

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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Poseur

July 28, 2008
seakey Poseur  
 
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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Bunny Hop

July 25, 2008
jhckelman Bunny Hop  
 
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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Bunny Hop

February 20, 2008
chainring Bunny Hop  
 
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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Granny Gear

January 17, 2006
tedderbo Granny Gear  
 
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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Granny Gear

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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Chapel Hill High School MTB Trail 3.89 out of 5 based on 19 ratings. 19 user reviews.
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