Briar Chapel

3.89 out of 5
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↑ 800 ft
↓ 800 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
This is a relatively new trail (even the website states that it is not finished yet) which is not consistently well-marked. There are rooty and rocky patches along the path, and it intersects a mulched walking trail in certain places. All-in-all, this is a reasonably enjoyable track for both beginners and early intermediate-level riders.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (117 total check-ins)
  jordan.dalton   on Oct 13, 2019
  ABrackney   on Sep 14, 2019
  Greg Mortimer   on Sep 11, 2019
  hgroves   on Aug 3, 2019
  Bridgett   on Jun 28, 2019
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Reviews (18)


January 1, 2019
Canonballs Gnarly  
Review: This is my favorite trail in the triangle, do far. This one has the best mix of features. There are progressive obstacles in the skills are with wood features, tabletops, and drops up to 5-6ft. There's smooth and flowy sections, rocky and technical sections, and just enough elevation to give the legs a good workout. The biggest knock on this trail is mapping and signage; it's pretty non-existent. Without trail mapping app, you're at the mercy of following tire tracks and a few small arrows. This would be my go-to trail in the triangle if I lived closer to it.

Granny Gear

October 17, 2018
GC_Killa Granny Gear  
Review: This trail is not very difficult

Granny Gear

September 9, 2018
Review: Great skills area but the trails are pretty rocky and rooty.

Granny Gear

May 21, 2018
09tarheel Granny Gear  
Review: Appreciate TORC maintaining - the love shows in areas for sure...however... Flow is really choppy. For example, get going with nice flow and several banked turns, then it runs abruptly into a rock garden - I guess that works for some. Signage is either missing or downright confusing. Easy to lose the trail with crossroads, walking trails, even other MTB trail intersections. I guess if you ride every day or built the trail, you have an inside edge understanding it. Also, several sections closed because the developer is apparently taking down a ton of trees by certain sections that run near the houses - not cool! get max enjoyment, spend a lot of time researching your ride, or be prepared to pull out your phone a LOT mid ride to know where to go!


January 25, 2018
eddiez9 Gnarly  
Review: I wasn't expecting much after crawling through the bland, cookie-cutter, suburban horror of Briar Chapel, but I was VERY pleasantly surprised to find the loop trail well-maintained and appropriately challenging for blue square rating. Got a bit lost in places where the trail came up to or crossed streets, so there could be better signage here and there. The residents were surprisingly gracious and friendly considering the ambiance of the neighborhood, but hiking trails are separate and marked as such, so that may help. Kudos to TORC for their efforts. Nice job! Think I'll go back to check out the advanced trail next time....

Bunny Hop

November 26, 2017
Lizwarlick Bunny Hop  
Review: Fun trail, very rocky in places. The main loop is a great beginnermediate ride, Bennett mountain is not for beginners and is tough for an intermediate rider. If you aren't comfortable with rocks go up the mulch double track to get to the other loop. It's a good time if you go clockwise with some flow on the downhill side. Looking forward to the skillz park opening soon. It would be nice to have a day to work on the main trail though. Leafs on the rocks are a little sketch and some of the erosion has gotten pretty deep in places. Still one Of my favorite trails in the area

Similar Trail: San lee


July 22, 2017
PartsPProf Gnarly  
Review: I rode this alone for the first time, and chose my route based on Singletracks reviews, notes from mtbproject, and other trail reviews. This trail is well maintained by TORC (Triangle Off Road Cyclists) with good signage. There could be more maps placed around the route, especially at points where the trail ends in the suburban development that it circles. Seems like signs may have been posted in a few places, but they were totally faded and unreadable. A few times, I had to consult my gps maps to figure out how to reconnect to the singletrack, as the main trail will lead you to several points in the development. But generally, it's fairly easy to figure out if you have that tech with you and do your homework. The main loop has some more woodsy parts throughout and is generally pretty flowy, with minor roots/rocks. Compared to the connected Bennett Mtn trails (on the other side of Briar Chapel Parkway), this main loop is beginner-intermediate. The Bennett trails offer a great technical challenge that is 90% rocks, inclining and descending in a short section. Right next to that on the same side of the parkway is a lollipop out-and-back (Herndon Loop). This trail goes along the power lines and offers a good flow with a few jumps. It's a pretty quick add-on ride after the main loop. I met some riders that said there's an illegal trail near Bennett that is almost all vertical rocks, but didn't check it out. Park at the Catulo lot for easy access to all the trails.

Granny Gear

April 17, 2017
Joe Rayno Granny Gear  
Review: Trail has some fun fast sections, mixed with some slower more difficult terrain. There are a few different portions to ride, each offering different obstacles and fun flowing areas. If you're in the triangle area, this is a great group of trails to ride.

Granny Gear

November 20, 2016
bikerjo Granny Gear  
Review: outer loop fast that rock knobb is technical if u can ride thru that without getting off the padals u can ride

Similar Trail: moore springs


September 19, 2016
N8XC Trailblazer  
Review: Once you ride here, you can tell that this trail has seen a lot of TLC in its development. The outer loop is fast-paced with good flow. Bennett Mountain was my favorite section with some gnarly boulders and large rocks that require good bike handling skills. Not a lot of difficult climbs or big descents but plenty of flow and skills training to be had.

Briar Chapel MTB Trail 3.89 out of 5 based on 18 ratings. 18 user reviews.
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