Duke Forest

2.60 out of 5
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Fire Road
↑ 2,300 ft
↓ 2,500 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
There is something for everyone at the Duke Forest. Most of the trails are frequently occupied by casual bikers, some extreme bikers, joggers and labrador retrievers. There are some singletrack which is restricted to foot traffic only. Otherwise, there are probably 15+ miles of trails to challenge your speed and biking skills.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (6)

World Champ

December 19, 2014
Review: Gravel roads, some hills. Unfortunately many of the roads are dead ends and connectivity is an issue. Still, fun to explore.

Bunny Hop

January 22, 2012
theish Bunny Hop  
Review: The Duke Forest is part of a large network of trail systems in the Durham area.

You can start at dozens of locations, mostly on West Cornwallis Rd, Mt Sinia Rd,

and Erwin Rd. You can connect a good amount of fireroads and single track trails

using the local paved roads.

Granny Gear

September 19, 2010
MarkMTB Granny Gear  
Review: Good network of fireroads that cross NC751 and connect with the Duke gold course trail. Closed due to hunting / deer reduction M-F Sept through Dec; more details here: http://www.dukeforest.duke.edu/

Similar Trail: Umstead State Park

Bunny Hop

August 4, 2010
LS29 Bunny Hop  
Review: Even with the numerous joggers, walkers, and other sundry pedestrian traffic, the trails did not feel congested or crowded. There are a few hills on which it is possible to pick up a fair amount of speed; however, most intermediate- and advanced-level riders will find these trails somewhat less than challenging.

January 1, 1970
Review: An okay trail that gets boring all to fast. An easy trail, with occaisonal hard parts. Occaisonal LARGE hills

Similar Trail: Back roads on this trail can be fun

January 1, 1970
Review: All single track is strickly off limits. Because of bikers useing these trails Duke university has sold the Dunn Rd Trails to land developers. This should send a very loud message but I'll bet there will be some jerk out there tommorow trying to bust his butt on these trails.

Similar Trail: Go to the Chapel Hilll Hill School you'll love it.

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