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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +140/ -117 ft
Total: 73 riders

Mountain Biking Little River

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#109 of 546 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#2,013 in the world

The Triangle's newest trail opened on December 5, 2004 thanks to the hard work of DOMBO
(www.dombo-nc.org), 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!

First added by searsandrewj on Dec 6, 2004. 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
From I-85, take the Guess Rd (Hwy 157) exit (#175) and go north approx. 12 miles. The entrance to the park will be on the right hand side with a sign for Little River Regional Park.
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  • Apogee

    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.

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  • Dortchy34

    I did find some sweet jumps. It got real.

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  • jnroyal

    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.

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  • autobotkiller

    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

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  • incognito

    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!

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  • rongdean

    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

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  • Bredford

    Checked it out today. Seems to be open. Did not ride. Just scouting for future rides. No closed signs anywhere.

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  • TrogDor

    Big "closed" sign on the trail entrances.

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  • gulleymike

    This is an awesome trail. A great mix of beginner to advance. Trails are well maintained and wel marked.

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  • Blur-Girl

    Really enjoyed these trails. Very well marked, and easy to follow with optional routes. Loved the technical stuff!! Not much climging but enough to make you feel like you worked!! A little rocky in some places. It is in a nice park with inddor plumbing and they have great t-shirts for sale in the office.

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  • jarob

    I love the log crossings. I agree that they are difficult and break the flow, but this is what makes these trails so awesome. A great place to learn and practice your skills. The goal should be to learn to flow with the big log crossings(I feel like I can say this bc I'm still learning) or get off and walk over them. Either way it's all good. Definitely don't nix them though.

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  • Jeff Barber

    The trails seem to be pretty well broken in now, and it's obvious that there has been work done on the trails over the summer. I really like the new bridges, especially the one with the nice hump ramp. Trails seem much faster now.

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  • staps

    My first trail ride after moving down here from Michigan! I liked it - lots of BIG logs, tight and twisty. I love technical trails! I am only rating it a 7 because some of the logs were impassible whith out smashing you chain rings, adding some smaller logs to make them into ramps would be a huge improvement...

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  • petersbike

    responding to trek7k. Logs and obstacles it was what makes mtn biking what it is. There are plenty places to ride if you don't like logs. KEEP THE LOGS!

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  • Jeff Barber

    Great new trail for the triangle. I really liked the first "beginner" section, the trail is really tight and smooth. The advanced loop is fun as well but the large logs get your rhythm off a bit. Informal poll: how many people like the logs on the trail and how many want them gone? Just post your review here if you've ridden this trail, I'm just curious. Enjoy.

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  • nicomachus

    sweet new singletrack... props to DOMBO and all their tireless volunteers. when packed down, this course should be much faster... until you hit the logs. on the "hard" trail, there are no log crossings under 12" in diameter. tough climbs and some fast downhill, gulley sections. a nice cedar skybridge to boot.

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