Carolina North Forest

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AVERAGE RATING
****
3.83 out of 5
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Intermediate
10.0
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
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (7)
System Trails (7)
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Crow Branch Overlook Loop
Jedi Spur
Nature Observation Trail
Number 5
Occoneechee Loop
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Reviews (24)
 

Epic


May 2, 2019
John Fisch Epic  
 
Review: This trail system really has little going for it. The green trails are really roads and the blue trails are really very green singletrack. The singletrack isn't particularly interesting, although it is nice that this bit of forest sits within town. That said, I almost gave this a mere one star as there's not much to recommend it other than accessibility and a few trees in town.

Similar Trail: It's well worth a little extra drive to get to the more interesting Brumley Forest.

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Bunny Hop

October 4, 2018
m@frit Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I've ridden these trails many time over the last few years. Yesterday I noticed that the roots, that are everywhere on the trail, have gotten much more pronounced. This may be due to some recent sever weather. It's was a bit painful in a few areas.

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Gnarly


September 26, 2018
eddiez9 Gnarly  
 
Review: I only rode the Crow Branch Overlook Loop, about 3 & 1/3 miles, but I will be back to explore more of this system. After reviewing the map at the trailhead, I found the waypoints/blazes pretty easy to follow. I was surprised (pleasantly) at the amount of climbing for the area; I though it would be flatter. As has been mentioned before, there's a lot of winding through the pines. A good bit of this loop is pretty easy, but with some rocky, somewhat technical sections. A good balance for a good ride!

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Granny Gear

September 9, 2018
 
Review: Tough climbs and very technical. But still a lot of fun!

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Granny Gear

July 12, 2018
 
Review: It is a great place but for me it was kind of hard to navigate around.

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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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Carolina North Forest MTB Trail 3.83 out of 5 based on 24 ratings. 24 user reviews.
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