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Level: Beginner
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +176/145 ft
Total: 44 riders

Mountain Biking Flanners Beach Loop

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#109 of 537 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#1,947 in the world

Fast singletrack that is very fun. Nothing technical whatsoever except for a couple drastic switchbacks. Get some good speed going downhill and fly all the way back up. Goes across a nice 70' wooden bridge through the swamp. The scenery is great; for part of the trail the Neuse River is in view through the woods. Good for beginners, fun for anyone.

First added by searsandrewj on Dec 3, 2005. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Flanners Beach State Park in the Croatan National Forest. On HWY 70 between Havelock and New Bern. Well marked, brown recreation sign. Go to the end of the road which will be the parking lot for the beach recreation area. There is a paved trail looping around the campground. Get on it and ride until you see the trail turn to dirt. Every loop you will end up on the paved trail for bit.
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  • dan.houghton32

    All offroad trails are closed down for reconstruction. There is a paved track around the campsites that is pretty fun though! Made it about 7 laps.

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  • DKay78

    I believe I was the first rider out this morning so if you hit the trails today they should be clear of all the spiderwebs anyway. The backside does have some really tight spots but the amount of traffic out there is minimal. End state it was a good time.

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  • rokkerHM

    Had a good ride today at the loop, only negative was the growth along the trail a couple spots are hard to see around corners and then some of the bushes and such protruding into the trail had some thorns or stickers on them which drew some blood. We'll find out in the next couple of days if any of it was poison ivy I guess haha.

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  • Gary Hill

    Rode this trail for the first time yesterday. Really like this kind of trail as the trails I usually ride are on sand ridges & pine woods. Rode 10.1 miles as I got turned around on the trail across the road but that was OK as I intended to get in ten miles anyway. Will definitely be back. I spend most summer weekends directly across the [email protected] Kennels Beach.

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  • maquette

    My grandson (9) and I rode this trail recently and had a great time. It was his first singletrack on dirt and he loved it. Lots of roots and a few short, steep climbs, but doable. Nice 70' bridge as you get closer to the end and there are chiggers (DAMHIK). We are definitely going back. The rec area with tables and restrooms is very nice and great for lunch after riding the trail.

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  • jbeter

    My wife and I had a great time on this trail. We parked in the main parking lot and entered there. The first half of the track was fast and fun. The trail was marked with State park signs, which made it simple to stay on course. Once you cross the road to the back half, it got a tad confusing in spots. It wasn't maintained as well as the first half. Some trees had white arrows painted on them, however they were fading in spots. There was a bit of flooding on the back side while there, so we got our fee wet.

    Spiders... so many spiders. If you are the first rider on the trail that day, you will be the spider web clearer by default. I cleared them all with my face while there.

    We vacation in the area every year, and we can't wait to go back and ride it again.

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  • scubatrooper

    I've traveled here twice in order to bike and camp. The trails can be a little rough to follow at first, but once you get the hang of them - it's easy to follow. Great trails for both hiking and riding. As such, be mindful of the hikers. There are some great foot bridges and switchbacks along the way. The campground is also located on the trail system. It's VERY clean and well kept. Ensure that you take your camera! The view of the Neuse River is incredible! I can't wait to go back!

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  • Roostertail

    Guess what! Its fall and you are in the woods. Going to be some leaves on the trail lol. Otherwise super fun trail for Eastern NC. Beats the Bicycle post trails all to pieces for sheer enjoyment. The newer loop on the right side of the road driving in will get better the more its ridden I think. Just not as hard as it could be yet.

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  • JeremiahDay   ✓ supporter

    I have not ridden this trail, but know where it is (I've hiked in the area). It is in the same county, but 17 mi. from the Neusiock.

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  • brandodinho

    Covered in leaves, needs a little TLC, trail maint day coming soon?

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  • brandodinho

    Leaves and pine cones are out and trails are in good condition otherwise, need some obstacles out here, plenty of pre cut logs perfect for some bridges, rollers, or what not...just saying

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  • DirtyJerry

    Very fun trail to ride. Switchbacks were killer. A few spots were drowned out. Gravel section was fast and fun! FTU is doing great things with the trail and keeping it maintained. Wish I lived closer so I could ride it more often.

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  • yotaman

    This is a great beginners trail. It's 2 miles of fast singletrack with some short hill climbs or downhills depending on which way you go. Ride it both ways for even more fun. That said, 2 new trails are going up at Flanners Beach. A north and south trail. Maintenance is on going right now but when done, both sides should be about 4 miles each.

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  • bbftbx

    This was the first trail that me and my fiancé went on. It was pretty fun. Great beginner trail. Had some fast sections and even a little wood bridge. I would defiantly recommend for some weekend fun.

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  • neil

    Great trail! Very very easy. I loved the views over the water. Perfect trail to get some good speed on, and is great for beginners!

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