November 3, 2016
Overall, I give Green Lane trails a 2 out of 5 stars.
The good: The park offers beautiful scenery--especially in the fall. I could see beautiful views of the water and trees almost the entire time on the trail. The trails are marked well and there are kiosk maps along the way. Parking lots are well maintained and portable bathrooms are available.
Cons: If you're looking for an IMBA-grade system, this isn't it. I rode the red, blue, and green trails. These trails were designed for hikers and equestrian users. Problems I found along way included trail erosion, extremely steep and sustained climbs, and even hazardous sections (monster roots and rocks, Very deep and tall "V" shaped sections, "dirt stairs" in some sections on climbs, poorly armored fall line crossings with rocks that will stuff your handlebars into your torso if you're not careful, etc.). What's even more frustrating is that these issues could have been avoided with a better design or even some reroute projects. This park and trails have such incredible potential that it was really disappointing to see the things that could have been. The maintenance crew should have a talk with the RideNox crew.
All in all..
Was it a terrible ride? No.
Was I happy I checked it out? Yes.
Would I make a trip again? No.
Can you do it with a hardtail? Yes.