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Level: Beginner
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +165/ -127 ft
Total: 49 riders

Mountain Biking Piranha Pit

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#152 of 543 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#3,149 in the world

Lots of tight singletrack with plenty of short drops and climbs on hard packed rooty terrain , not too bad for Down East. The technical rooty outer loop will test the skill of any rider while the short 1.5 mile inner loop is great for beginners and families to warm up on. See our web site for more details.

First added by MgyJeff on Mar 28, 2004. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
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  • 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
Located aboard Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C. Take Hwy 70 to Havelock and look for Hwy 101 and the main gate to the base (non DOD personnel must obtain a visitors pass at gate). Stay on the main road in the base past the flight line, through the second traffic light after the flight line, take the first left into the Shady Grove Picnic area. Follow the dirt road to the end to a covered picnic pavilion, the trail loops all around through the area.
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  • parker011

    very short. 2.6 miles. Lot of roots so advise suspension. The climbs are not long but covered with leaves and exposed roots, so easy to spin out if not carrying momentum. The trail is very well marked with arrows and numbers, ends at 27 at the road. Course is on marine base so ID required. Course is rarely ridden.

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  • hdmcfamily

    Trail was in good shape but it only took me 3 miles. I could have went the wrong way but it was a blast.

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  • cgiesey

    Very fun trail, the roots make it a little more challenging. Main trail is well marked, new signage is in process for additional loops.

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  • RALavoie1981

    Just got finished the trail. Lots of sharp turns, some narrow parts, roots everywhere, jumps, bridges, and some Amazing views of the Neuse River. The trail is maintained and it is one of the best I have rode around here lately. If you can get on Cherry Point I highly recommend giving it a shot.

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  • ranisolo

    No access for you and me....

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  • MTBCrash29   ✓ supporter

    Well worth the pass and id procedures to get onto military post. Easy to find if you follow the directions. Some nice downhills and a few jumps. LOTS OF ROOTS! This makes the trail a bit challenging. Climbing over 2-3 inch roots and at some points large gaps between roots makes this a challenge. The downhills are full of the same so there is alot of bouncing. A definite full suspension trail, if you ride hard tail, I feel for you. Some trees down due to the storms. There are no maps or markings throughout the trail, so make sure you are able to find your way around, but there are two major boundeies, a road and a river. Looks like some of the trail is marked for runners. Make sure you check out both sides of the dirt road so you wont miss out on the side that is divided.

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  • galpatine91

    Good trail, but currently in disrepair. Had to get off our bikes to climb over fallen trees repeatedly. A chainsaw crew should be sent out to clear out some of the debris from the recent hurricane.

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  • mudly68

    Road this trail with a Marine friend and a couple of his buddies back in September. I found it to be short, sweet, and a lot of fun. Definitely has some technical stuff, but nothing crazy scary. Got good flow, pretty fast ride. Could easily have done it twice.

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    Ridden about two years ago now, not sure about the current status of the trail. I was a epic ride with tons of changes and bridges, would ride again. When I went we had to check in at front office to get ID and get a pass, took about 30mins or so, but it was worth it.

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  • Bill_Pittman

    Unless you know someone that works on Cherry Point you will not be able to get onto base to ride. If you are able to get on you will find it a fun, moderately challenging ride. There are several descents/ascents that are challenging but otherwise it is a rather easy course to ride. Good course based on the fact it is only 20 miles from the beach.* Review edited 6/11/2009

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  • dlmleo

    Good overall trail. You can get 5 to 6 miles in depending on if you take both loops. Alot of roots and frequent incline and declines. The roots will get to you after a while

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