Colonel Francis Beatty Park

   
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7
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 900 ft
↓ 900 ft
4.8
avg mph
134
ridden
64
wishlist
1:36
avg time

Loop
AVERAGE RATING
4.03 out of 5
About This Trail
added by Wyoming Granny Gear on May 19, 2005
 
Great single track. Very narrow in sections. Has just about everything. I've read that there are 11 miles of trails, but the loop was about 7.5 for us. Not many climbs, but was a great trail overall. Kudos to the TTB for keeping it up. Be aware of the loose sand, and ride it more than once to learn where the jumps are located.
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jmbiker on July 12, 2014
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Review: Good fun. I'm from out of state and had a good time. Nice single track. Great overall ride.

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Alex170170 on July 2, 2014
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Review: Awesome trail, like previously said has a little bit for everyone. Great for beginners or advanced as well (with all three green, blue, and black trails). A few roller coasters, a good amount of jumps, all that good stuff. If there was one problem it was the occasional runner to look out for. Nothing too problematic though-gotta share the trails. Great trail!

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Spencersmrt on June 4, 2014
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Review: That trail has stepped up this game and added more jumps and roller coasters it's it's fun and good ride. Nothing too technical

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tephabu on May 31, 2014
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Review: Nice trail, with some fun features. Sandy and a little bit rooty...

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holdmybeerandwatchthis on May 11, 2014
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Review: Super fun trail.

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JBX on February 6, 2014
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Review: Nice local trail, full loop doing the 2 black diamond sections is 6.5 miles. Fast track with some nice berms, jumps, and ladders. Thanks Trailblazers.
Watch out for runners, dog walkers, families, the only negative, multi-use trail, everyone enjoys it.

Similar Trail: Renaissance Park

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fretter34 on January 16, 2014
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Review: Nice place. I don't believe I rode long enough to say really good or bad. What I did ride, I enjoyed. Decent singletrack. Nothing very challenging. Not a bad place if you are local. Would not drive very far to ride.

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Toolegit2quit on December 29, 2013
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Review: Single track on intermediate trails with green trails to bypass blue and black trails. Good speed with few difficult climbs. Good for hardtails and novice riders. Most obstacles are root drops. There are a few jumps, but I think some are facing the other direction? Overall fun trail, and quite popular among walkers and riders.

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Raptor85 on December 13, 2013
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Review: Loop style, hardpack, some sand and decent flow for limited space. The road crossings are a bit of an interruption, but it's easy to pick a pace back up. Great trail map too, that counts for a lot. The black diamond trails were really a degree above intermediate with a "black diamond obstacle" tossed here or there. There are directional arrows, but some sections are better the other way...

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oohoo on December 12, 2013
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Review: I live in the neighborhood behind the trials and have rode the trails over 100 times. It is a great trail with a good mixture of everything. Once you know the trail you can break it into pieces based on you mood and go all speed or more technical. The tarheel trailblazers have done awesome work on the black diamonds and fixing the drainage!!!!! If I had one recommendation....the ride backwards is twice as fun as forwards but you can only do this at times that are very low traffic for safety reasons ( after dark, very early morning)

Similar Trail: Renaissance Park

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stupidscreename on November 11, 2013
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Review: Awesome trail. It is really fast and fun. It has something for everyone. Family friendly but there are many intermediate to advanced options. Jumps, structures, bridges, root drops. It is a very well rounded trail good for building a some simple and basic technical experience.

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Chase Carlson on November 9, 2013
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Review: This trail is great it has some big stuff that you would see in colorado and has every difficulty between green and double black. Its my second favorite trail in the charlotte area behind sherman branch.

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i_am_joe on July 20, 2013
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Review: Loved this ride. it has a wide range of difficulty from beginner to more advanced. The trails are very well maintained and i want to thank those who invested their time to make this ride so enjoyable. Trails are well marked with light traffic throughout. The wooden ramps were sweet for catching some air! I will definitely be back. Do yourself a favor and try this ride!

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PSUtuna on June 28, 2013
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Review: I drove three hours to hit this trail. It has been on my wishlist for awhile, so I decided to give it a try. It was well worth the drive. I had planed on hitting another trail in the area later in the day, so I only thought I was going to ride the new "Black Diamond" section. I had so much fun that I rode the entire park. The be loop follows the perimeter and is mainly double track. You can get some good speed, take corners fast due to built up berms, and get some pretty good air! The moderate trail is fast (in some spots) singletrack. In other spots it is very very rooty, but not so much that it takes away from the ride. The black diamond section is awesome. There are some nice wooden features, a few drops averaging around 3 feet, and tight, rocky, singletrack. This is a great trail system. My only complante about the trail is that it is located in a residentiual area. People have created their own trails from their houses into the park. It can get a little confusing, (especialy in the beginning) but stick it out. Well worth the trip. If you are in the Charlotte area make sure you check this system out!

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fretter33 on January 10, 2013
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Review: What a fun trail! I was in Lnacaster SC visiting the family. I made a trek to the FATS trails further south. I still wanted to ride after that so I looked for a local trail. This trail is compact yet it really is quite fun to ride. It is marked well and the intemediate trail was very fun. Just fast flowing riding with nothing too techy..Beginner was even fun. I was on time contraints, so I couldn't ride the advanced trail but I have to imagine that is fun also. The only downside is that you are always aware that there are houses and cement surrounding you...still awesome though.

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bamadawg120 on October 3, 2012
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Review: Great singletrack trail with some technical features. Good for beginners to learn the ropes, and a decent workout for the more experienced rider. Good speed and down hill run by the soccer fields. Watch for joggers and dog walkers! Good features on the black trails (kudos to the TTB). Roots can be a little tricky in places. This is primo real estate!

Similar Trail: Cane Creek Park

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jaybird57 on May 13, 2012
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Review: Fun trail to get in a quick ride & is also great for beginners to learn the ropes of MTB. My oldest son started riding this trail when he was 7 yrs old & he found it extremely delightful.

* Review edited 5/13/2012

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rubiksnoob on March 10, 2011
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Review: This is a great trail. This is the trail I started mountain biking on, and it's still one of my favorites. Not much elevation change, but some nice little jumps and LOTS of roots make for a fun, if slightly bumpy ride. Really just a great, enjoyable trail. Would reccomend to beginners for a fun trail to learn on, and for more experienced riders who want to a fun trail to tear through after work. Love it!

Similar Trail: Whitewater Center.

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gooleyinbrevard on March 8, 2011
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Review: Hey I live right off the trail. Its pretty much my backyard. I grew up on these trails. They are my favorite place to be. I highly recommend them for learning. They can be challenging for beginners but also a lot of fun. The trail does not take over 2 hours usually. It takes me an hour usually and I am not a fast rider. I love this trail, especially the black diamond section. I can't get enough of it.

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NESchultz3 on November 30, 2010
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Review: Great singlespeed park. Nothing too hard. Very well maintained. Races are held here and TarHeel Trailblazers maintain so its well marked. It may take a couple of outings to get it figured out.

Similar Trail: Sherman Branch

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ericmo80 on June 20, 2010
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Review: This is definitely a beginner trail - even the intermediate (blue) sections are relatively easy for anyone used to trail riding. Like every trail though, there's a spot or two that may catch you off guard so don't take the trail for granted. Trail is poorly marked in some places and there's too many offshoots. You also criss-cross and ride parallel to the road too much. Still, perfect for beginners and leisurely rides.

Similar Trail: n/a

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rallyvette on October 9, 2008
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Review: Flat by fun. Pretty rooty over half the trail so you get bounced around quite a bit.

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carlosbike08 on May 6, 2008
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Review: I like the trail options, you can choose beginner, intermediate or advance circuit. Nice fast sections.

* Review edited 6/29/2008

Similar Trail: North Meck park (Huntersville)

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hampton1100 on April 17, 2008
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Review: Its a descent Trail. I wouldn't go out of my way to ride it but it's a good ride. Its easy, Even when its raining. For me the trail isn't interesting enough but its close by. Over all it is a good ride.

Similar Trail: Catawba Mtb Park-US National Whitewater Center

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chopperjohn on February 10, 2008
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Review: ride the trail in reverse near the log bridge section and the downhill is curvy and much better than the uphill version. when you approach the log bridge section there is a great air spot but watch out for the tree on your left when you air it out. it caught me the first time. fun ridden with the flow great ridden against the flow.

Similar Trail: the toilet bowl

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Reverbandwhiskey on January 15, 2008
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Review: A great place for both beginners and the intermediate rider. It's a circular trail that has a Green main loop, with more challenging options for those looking for something a bit more technical. A great place to take someone on their first few mtn rides, or to ride for a fast cardio workout.

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jaxpcs on December 17, 2006
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Review: Well maintained trails in a well maintained county park. No fees.

Similar Trail: Fort Clinch State Park, Fernandina Beach FL

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snowskiboard on January 25, 2006
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Review: Take I-77 to I-485 E exit 57;2.8 miles from I-485 take Providence road toward Charlotte(left at end of off ramp); less than mile, turn right onto Mckee rd, then at 2nd light turn right onto Weddington road; park is .5mile on right. Well maintained, fast single track with several good jumps. Several tight corners on the black diamond and blue trails. Also a fun set of steps near soccer field. Cons: poorly marked trailhead entrance;watch out for dog walkers.

Similar Trail: Fort mill

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Heringslack on July 18, 2005
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Review: Trail starts behind the paddle boat area. Track is a one way trail with some technical work (logs, stones in path). Trail would be reasonably difficult for a beginner, somewhat been there done that for a veteran, but at the same time a pleasure to ride. Well maintained and marked.

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EZ-E on June 26, 2005
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Review: Drive all the way to the back of the park, park by the lake/community center. At the back of that parking lot there is a double-track trail along lake(100-150 yards) leads to trail loop access - you'll see the trail arrows/blazes. Fun trail that you can go fast on in many sections! There are a few very fast sections(by Soccer Fields) and on the south part of the loop, you have to try not catching air in a few places!! There are several obstacles included along the trail - log jams and a few bridges. Southern part of loop is like a mini roller coaster in many sections, there a couple places where the trail splits and rejoins so gives you some options. Overall... fast, hard packed, and lightly technical. Only a few sections are excessively rooty. There is a challenging uphill switchback section that really gives a decent workout for your legs and lungs! I've noticed people out jogging and walking(with dogs) on the trail - keep an eye out for them. Get out and show that there is a strong MTB presence out there...just do it politely! ;-) There's a trail map posted at the back parking lot.

Similar Trail: Itusi-Lake Norman, Catawba, Poplar Tent, N. Mecklenburg Park, Fisher Farm, Rennaissance Park

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astroman on May 20, 2005
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Review: Fun overall track, some small climbs, tight spots and some fun jumps. Once you learn it you can pick up the speed and let it rip!

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astroman on April 7, 2005
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Review: This used to be one of my favorites to escape solo, nice and quick, some tough spots but overall not too demanding. A nice place to zone in on carving your turns and controling your speed.

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jsatter on March 24, 2005
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Review: This trail has been nicely maintained by a local Mtn Biking club. The main loop is only mildly technical, so it's a good place for beginners like me. There is also a spur trail that offers a more challenging ride to more experienced riders (take a left at the fork right past where the softball field construction is). More trails are also scheduled to be constructed. Overall, a great place to ride.

Similar Trail: Itusi Trail @ Lake Norman State Park

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Guest on October 19, 2004
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Review: This is a fairly easy loop trail inside Colonel Francis Beatty Park in Weddington, NC. Fairly technical and challenging in places, but more advanced riders might feel unchallenged. It's not real long, I usually do a couple of loops at least each time I go. Currently portion of the trail have been lost due to the county adding walking trails but the local IMBA group has been working successfuly to have the county work the biking trails into their master plan. If you just need to get out for a couple of hours and pound out a good ride, this is a great option.

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Guest on November 9, 2003
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Review: This is the trail I learned on. It has just enough technical stuff to keep you busy and a few small drops. It is a great trail to go for some exercise or to teach someone the basics in mountain biking techniqes.

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Colonel Francis Beatty Park MTB Trail 4.03 out of 5 based on 35 ratings. 35 user reviews.
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