Little River

3.71 out of 5
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↑ 500 ft
↓ 400 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The Triangle's newest trail opened on December 5, 2004 thanks to the hard work of DOMBO
(, Durham and Orange county parks & rec, and other volunteers. Trailhead
starts on north side of the parking lot (maps available), first 1/2 mile is winding singletrack to the
start of the first loop. There are two easily connectable loops separated by a double track trail.
Hard and easy paths indicated by signs throughout the trail. The "hard" trails are so named
because of the 10 or more large log crossings. About halfway through, there are some good
climbs. The trails are still pretty fresh and off camber in places, but overall there is a good mix
of technical winding singletrack and rolling hills. Check it out and tell your friends, the conditions
will get much better if we keep riding them the next few months!
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (10 total check-ins)
  ncpappy   on Jul 27, 2019
  johnnybiltmore   on Aug 17, 2018
  Dortchy34   on Mar 3, 2018
  Dortchy34   on Nov 12, 2017
  twillgolf   on Oct 2, 2016
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Reviews (21)

Granny Gear

September 24, 2018
Apogee Granny Gear  
Review: These trails offer almost zero flow. Lots of pedaling and little downhill fun. Also the trails aren't used much so they are a mess and hard to keep on track. If you like eating spiders you'll love it here as it's cobweb city in your face. It's a good workout but Brumley and Crabtree are so much more fun.


November 9, 2017
Dortchy34 Gramcounter  
Review: I did find some sweet jumps. It got real.

Granny Gear

May 4, 2015
jnroyal Granny Gear  
Review: Rode this trail yesterday for the first time on account of it being the only one in the Triangle area that wasn't closed due to recent rains. I really liked the trail and would describe it as a hillier Crabtree/Harris without the crowds. I rode a Surly Krampus (long wheelbase 29 hardtail) with a 750mm wide handlebar which made it tricky maneuvering through some sections at speed, seems to me that the ideal bike for this trail would be an old-school 26'er with narrow handlebars and a short wheelbase.

The only real challenging technical feature is an optional skinny that sits below the main trail, I skipped it as it didn't look worth the hassle of climbing back up.

The climbs are short but steep. Riding clockwise seems to give you longer but easier climbs, riding counterclockwise gives you shorter, steeper climbs. Most of the other riders seemed to be riding clockwise. I did a couple laps in each direction and think I preferred clockwise.

Bunny Hop

March 22, 2014
Review: 1st time ride today 3/21/2014.

The trail is well marked, nicely paced and fun to ride. I would say the advanced section is intermediate at best with no truly difficult sections.

After doing a ton of rides at Crabtree, 286 I'd place this somewhere closer to Crabtree than anything 286 has to offer.

Worth the trip to have something new to ride

Granny Gear

November 29, 2013
incognito Granny Gear  
Review: This park is fantastic! The trails are well-marked, the terrain varies a good bit, and there is something for every level of rider. Advanced technical riders will be disappointed at the small log-overs and lack of big roots or challenging rock gardens. But, there are plenty of climbs (none too serious) and quick, successive switchbacks, and curved bridges to keep things entertaining. We rode for just under 1:40 and had plenty to keep us occupied. The scenery is beautiful and the park is relatively quiet (went on Black Friday). Highly recommend. I'll be back!

Bunny Hop

June 18, 2011
rongdean Bunny Hop  
Review: Trail is open. Some snappy turns in new growth trees on the beginner loop. Red loop has more climbs & drops. Rode the outside of loops by taking mostly right turns.

* Review edited 6/17/2011

Similar Trail: Red loop is shorter but similar to the South loop at Falls Lake

Granny Gear

September 26, 2010
Bredford Granny Gear  
Review: Checked it out today. Seems to be open. Did not ride. Just scouting for future rides. No closed signs anywhere.

Granny Gear

June 10, 2009
TrogDor Granny Gear  
Review: Big "closed" sign on the trail entrances.


December 30, 2008
2leftfeet Trailblazer  
Review: Nice single track. Hard to get a good flow going on my first loop, second time around it was not so bad. Very well marked. Easy to ride almost all the trails by taking all lefts (or all rights). Most of the logs mentioned in Mudhunny's write up are gone/notched out. Lots of short fun stretches that leave you grinning like a fool. Not-so-great for single speeds, a lot of tight switchbacks at the bottom of the climbs have you going into them with no momentum. A loop that hit most parts of the trail was about 50 min for me.

* Review edited 12/29/2008

Similar Trail: Crabtree

Granny Gear

September 10, 2007
gulleymike Granny Gear  
Review: This is an awesome trail. A great mix of beginner to advance. Trails are well maintained and wel marked.

Little River MTB Trail 3.71 out of 5 based on 21 ratings. 21 user reviews.
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