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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +347/346 ft
Total: 97 riders
 

Mountain Biking Horizons Park

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#291 of 534 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#10744 in the world

Follow the gravel path down to the woods, The trail is VERY well marked, turns, drops, shortcuts, etc. Nothing real technical except one maybe 6 foot gully, some short really steep climbs and a few logs. good cardio workout. One long climb, some fast places and the usual roots. Very well marked and clean.

First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
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  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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From I-40 take 52 north to highway 8 Turn left at light (north) maybe 5 miles there is a sign on right that says Horizon park, turn there go maybe 1 mile the park is on both sides of the road, but the trail is on left.
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  • AlbertSmith
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    I've rode this trail alot through the years and it's never been trimmed back like all the other trails in the area. At one time I was riding it so much that I was considering bringing a weedeater and trimming back but there was to much poison oak to cut. So I kinda gave up on this trail and ride all the other trails within 50 miles. If more people would ride it would keep the vegetation at knee level and clear a 2 to 3 feet wide path. Other than the overgrowth this is a really good trail.

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  • reidsvillebikes
    ****

    A twisting singletrack trail with challenging elevation changes. Needs more people to ride it plus some TLC ????.

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  • reidsvillebikes
    ***

    Rode here for the first time. Trail needs some maintenance but lots of potential. Challenging terrain with some good climbs and elevation changes. All singletrack.

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  • billychivalry
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    My son and I ride 20-30 miles a week on all kinds of trails. We've ridden great ones, and not so great ones. There is just one word to describe this trail: horrible. It is overgrown, not maintained at all, and many parts of the trail are about 3 inches wide. The signage is good, but the trail is terrible. Don't waste your time on it. If you're in the area, ride Moore Spring trails or Kernersville MTBP.

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  • sanne78
    *****

    Singletrack not maintained well lots of fallen branches that don't touch the ground. Lots of spiders and ticks. It would be ok if it was maintained at least some

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  • Tishe
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    Not a bad little trail. There is tons of roots so be careful. Gets a little bit boggy in the low parts even a few days after rain. I would ride this again if I was in the area. Just remember the bike trails are over near the dog park. Not the side with the disk golf, if you look over there you will never find them.

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  • Wally Coates
    ****

    Great trail, and if you find trees down, all you have to do is stop by the maintenance sheet, and tell the guys out there. They do a terrific job of keeping it clean, but they can't fix it if they don't know about it. Keep up the great work.

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  • PartsPProf
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    I can't believe I waited this long to check out Horizons. Past reviews mentioned fallen trees and blocked routes, but there was only 1 minor block caused by a recently fallen tree when I went. The trail system contains 2 loops, an outer perimeter loop (P) and technical offshoots from it (T). If you take a right toward P at the fork at the end of the gravel entrance, you'll do a quick climb with T options throughout the rest of the way. In total, this makes for a ride of about 3.5 miles, including the gravel climb back to the parking lot. Get the map from the park's website for a more detailed map, but really, it's such a small area that sooner or later you'll figure it out. Signage is ok, but some forks are unmarked. The trails are soft, natural, and not at all packed down from riders. The trails get minimal use from bikes, though a few old built wooden parts remain. Definitely a woodsy vibe here with many spiders and webs across the path. Few climbs and descents, good flow, good gulleys. A weathered paper sign near the entrance says Ken's Bike Shop maintains the trails. If so, thanks, and I hope to see the trails stay clear!

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  • eddyz9   ✓ supporter
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    I'm partial to Horizons 'cause it's where I started riding, but I don't recommend it for beginners. (I was tricked...fortunately!) Include the five sub-loops inside the perimeter "P" trail to form the "T" trail. Nice natural setting, out in the country. Lots of short but steep climbs and descents with good alternation of more flowing sections.

    Shares parking with dog park, which has the only water fountains for that side of the park. Watch out for treacherous black walnuts on the trail. ; )

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  • trakes94
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    I went to this trail today for the first time with high hopes thinking it was gonna be an awesome trail. Don't get me wrong it has the potential to be a great trail, but the things that make this trail terrible right now are the signs, and the fallen trees and everything in the trail. The whole time I rode this trail I had no clue where I was going Bc there are hardly any markings to tell you where to go. and even if you are following the trail there's several sections where it breaks off into 2 or 3 other trails that have no signs so you just got to guess where to go. Honestly if the trail had better markings on where to go I would love it.

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  • **

    Let me start by saying that the only reason I ranked at intermediate is due to the fallen trees and overgrowth. The terrain has mad potential! With a little more maintenance and some attention to flow this trail system could be sick! Anyhow I had a fun ride this afternoon and was the only one on the trail. Super close to winston and a good experience.

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  • beasleycj
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    Horizons Park has tons of potential. The location is good for Winston Salem residents and, overall, the park is in good shape. The mountain bike trail, however, is in awful shape. The trail is overgrown with tons of trees down. The trail has some interchanges that are quite confusing. The quick descents are stopped quickly by 180 turns and short climbs. The trail seems to lack the flow that it could have. Some TLC would put this trail rating a lot higher.

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  • ****

    This is a fun ride. Covered in leaves it was hard to follow the trail. Has some good cardio climbs and fun down hills. Nice twist and turns. Great downhill to the trail then you start climbing. Nice fun seesaw. And great scenery. Easy access from park entrance. Technical areas are wide open for retrying. To conquer them. I enjoyed this ride. Ride it to good classical to keep you moving.

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  • travis385
    ****

    This trail will kick your butt with the hills. None were too hard to make it up just a really good cardio workout with the overall amount of them. I went after it had rained and it was a little hard to ride a few areas but overall this trail is really nice. Really well marked. There was a lot of poison oak on the sides of trails and I get it pretty bad but that is just something you have to deal with around this area it is everywhere. I will definitely be going back here.

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  • sbruner305
    *****

    I haven't rode a bike since i was 14.. 18yrs ago. got the wild hair to buy a MTB and off I went. I rode the perimeter trail here which is 1 mile long and I managed a couple laps. It was a very good workout and not to far out of my skill level. Very well maintained and marked. Would definitely recommend to any one. I did not venture onto the advanced trails but If they are maintained anything like the perimeter trail they should be very nice.

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  • Warrior1
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    I've ridden this trail quite a few times but I made a new discovery today. There are 2 "hiking trails" across the road from the mtb trail that are well worth a look. There is a kiosk with maps. They are simply called loop a and loop b. Loop b is a real deal mountain bike trail whether it ever intended to be or not.(no posted no bicycle signs) Nice sweeping singletrack, intensly technical uphills and downhills. This trail had everything you expect from an Appalachian trail albeit much shorter. Still it is a good 35-45 minute ride. Best local ride I've had this year.

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  • baddad549
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    Early in the season and the trail was riddled with downed limbs and leaves. A lot of climbs and some long downhills. I didn't like how many great downhills ended in 180 degree switchbacks. Should be a lot better ride after some traffic clears the debris.

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  • jugglebug
    *****

    The directions say, "From I-40 take 52 north to highway 8 Turn left at light (north) maybe 5 miles there is a sign on right that says Horizon park, turn there go maybe 1 mile the park is on both sides of the road, but the trail is on left."
    These directions are slightly incorrect. When you exit 52 you turn left at the STOP SIGN. Now you are on highway 8. A short distance from the stop sign is a stop light which caused me some confusion. I loved this trial and road it several times while visiting Winston-Salem. Cudos to the local club that maintains it.

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  • kevlars7d
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    This is a nice single track trail. There are plenty of roots and short climbs, but nothing too technical. You will probably want to ride the loop twice to get in a good workout. It's not nearly as physically draining as Hobby Park. It's a little more like the trails at Bur-Mill Park in Greensboro.

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  • kolesal
    ****

    Except for gravel beginning it is a great trail! I wish it was longer. It is very well maintained and marked. Worth riding it!

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