December 30, 2014
Good little trail for days when you're short on time and need to get a ride in for your health and/or sanity. Not the most exciting or challenging trail in the world, and honestly it's getting pretty beat down after all these years. Roots are constant and brutal on a race (hardtail or short travel) bike, but mid-travel bikes and pretty much any 29'er will be a perfect match. The faster you go, the more fun it is. A full lap with all options is 10.8 miles and top times are in the 29 minute range. Trail handles rain well, as much of it is a sandy soil. It can easily be ridden 24hrs after a rain with no issue. Park allows night riding until the gates close at 9:00 PM. Lots of walkers/runners when the weather's nice, but they go the opposite direction so it's easy to peel off speed and give plenty of room when passing.
January 24, 2015
From the trailcrew: A couple corrections from other reviews: 1. The trail is 6.5 miles long.
2. Night riding is only officially allowed on Wed nights as part of a sanctioned ride run by the trail crew ( under guidelines agreed upon with parks and rec) night riding outside this ride puts our access to the park at risk.
3.The trail status is posted open or closed and updated daily on the home page of the Tarheel Trailblazers website. Especially during the winter, the 24 hour rule is often not sufficient to protect the trail.
Thanks and enjoy!
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